Every April is nationally designated as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Because sexual assault affects everyone—survivors, family, friends, loved ones—we all have a unique role in challenging sexual assault. This month, take action—attend a rally, workshop, or training—and let’s talk about how we can support survivors and help end rape.

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According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, “the goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence.” GSU plans events to support survivors and encourage bystanders to intervene.

Schedule of Events

Download the SAAM 2018 Flyer here (PDF)!

Tuesday and Wednesday, April 2 & 3
ASAP Resource Tables: #ItsOnUs
Hall of Governors, noon – 4 p.m.
Join the Advocating for Sexual Assault Prevention (ASAP) team at an interactive tabling event to learn more about sexual violence, support resources, information, and opportunities to get involved.

Thursday, April 5
Men’s Response to Sexual Assault: It’s Not Just a Women’s Issue
B2215, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
With the social media event #MeToo sweeping the news, many men have been asking, “What can I do?” This has led to a movement, #MeTooImSorry. Learn about strategies that men can use to be more aware and supportive to victims of sexual assault. Open to all male-identified individuals.

Tuesday, April 10
#MeToo: Survivor Support Drop in with Counseling Center
Counseling Center (A1120) 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Have you been impacted by sexual assault, harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking? Stop by the counseling center to get support, share your story, and connect with other survivors.

Thursday, April 12
Yoga for Trauma Survivors

Mediation Room (A1115), 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Trauma can have a powerful impact on our day-to-day lives. Yoga and mindfulness practices can support trauma survivors in connecting the mind and body on a healing journey. Class led by a yoga instructor trained in trauma.

Monday, April 16
Sex Signals: Stop, Go Slow, or Go On?

Engbretson Hall, 3 – 4:30 p.m.
Not sure how to talk to your partner about sex and if you want to stop, go slow, or go on? Attend this workshop to gain tips for better sexual communication to make sure your sexual activities are safe and consensual. Learn about preventing sexually transmitted infections and how to get tested. After the presentation, get your questions answered anonymously by trained healthcare professionals from the Health & Student Counseling Center.

Tuesday and Thursday, April 17 & 19 (two-part film screening)
Audrie & Daisy

E-Lounge, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Audrie & Daisy is a 2016 documentary that illustrates the impact sexual assault/violence has on families, friends, school and communities. The film explores the cases of two underage young women who find that sexual assault crimes against them were caught on camera. Amanda Evans, Lecturer in Psychology and Counseling, will lead the discussion.

Tuesday, April 17
Stand Up, Speak Up, & Take Action (Bystander Intervention)

B2215, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Unsure how to intervene in difficult situations to interrupt harmful behavior? Learn about being a responsible active bystander and gain helpful strategies so you can be a Jaguar that cares! See something and DO something.

Wednesday, April 18
Stand Up, Speak Up, & Take Action (Bystander Intervention)

Prairie Place Classroom, 3:30 p.m.– 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 24
Clothesline Project

Hall of Governors, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Clothesline Project started on Cape Cod, MA in 1990 to address the issue of violence against women. The GSU Clothesline Project is a vehicle for women and children affected by sexual violence to express their emotions. The shirts are hung on a clothesline as testimony to the problem of sexual violence. Hosted in collaboration with the YWCA, which provides assistance to victims of sexual assault and educates about the effects of violence in our community.

Wednesday, April 25
Sexual Violence in the LGBTQ Community

Counseling Center (A1120), 2 – 3 p.m.
The Counseling Center hosts a weekly LGBTQ support group. This week, the discussion will focus on violence and healthy relationships in the LGBTQ community. All are welcome to join the discussion.

Thursday, April 26
#MeToo: Survivor Support Drop in with Counseling Center

Counseling Center (A1120), 2:30 – 4 p.m. 

More information about Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is available at the National Sexual Violence Resource Center website.