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Ryan Rhodes
Apr 2, 2019

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Apr 2, 2019 by Ryan Rhodes

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), a chance to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate our community on how to prevent it.  A variety of informational events are scheduled, both online and in person, through the month, and all are encouraged to participate and learn more.

“Events like this remind us of the importance of raising awareness and learning how we can all step in and speak up to prevent sexual assault,” said Dean of Students Lori McDonald. “April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and another opportunity to learn about the resources and support services available.” -@theU

Schedule of Events:

  • April 2 @ 11 am to 2 pm - TEAL SPACE KICKOFF EVENT - Marriott Library Plaza | Join the SAAM Committee, It's On Us, and Center for Student Wellness to dialogue about sexual violence prevention, sign a pledge, and pick up information on campus resources. Don't forget to check out our engaging art installation!
  • April 2 @ 12:00 pm - ONLINE | If you can't show up in person, tune into the U's Instagram account to check out TEAL SPACE!
  • April 4 @ 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm - RESILIENT U: A CONVERSATION ABOUT HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS - Sicilano Auditorium, Gardner Commons | Join us for a guided conversation with Elizabeth Cowley from the One Love Foundation about what healthy relationships look like and how to spot red flags early and when and where to connect to campus resources. This event is sponsored by Resilient U: Healthy Relationships Working Group. President Ruth Watkins commissioned the working group to raise awareness and spark conversations about healthy relationships and is part of campus-wide efforts to enhance safety at the U.
  • April 5 @ 10 am, 11:45 am, 1:15 pm - HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS TRAINING WITH ELIZABETH COWLEY - Union Pano East | Elizabeth Cowley from the One Love Foundation will provide three training sessions on healthy relationships—what a healthy relationship looks like, how to identify an unhealthy relationship, how to help a friend and helpful resources. Free pizza will be served at the 11:45 a.m. session.
  • April 8 @ 3:30 to 4:30 pm - ONLINE - Tune into the U's Instagram account for a thoughtful discussion & review of resources provided by the LGBT Resource Center and the Center for Student Wellness Victim-Survivor Advocates (VSAs)!
  • April 9 @ 12 pm to 1:30 pm - BYSTANDER INTERVENTION | Marriott Gould Auditorium - Interested in learning how to de-escalate harm in various situations? Come join our health educators for a stimulating workshop filled with discussion and activities. Snacks provided by Marriott Library.
  • April 9 @ 11:30 am to 1:30 pm - COFFEE WITH COPS | Marriott Library Plaza | Come enjoy a coffee and/or donut while chatting with our campus police officers. Get familiar with the services they provide for our campus community while enjoying a mid-day snack!
  • April 10 @ 5:45 pm - TAKE BACK THE NIGHT | March alongside your community in soldarity with survivors of sexual assault. Let's reclaim public spaces as safe spaces. Meet at Presidents' Circle at the U. From there, we will march to Westminster College Richer Commons.
  • April 15 @ 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm - ONLINE | Tune into the U's Instagram account for information on the Women's Enrollment Initiative/Women's Resource Center and University Counseling Center as well as information on how each office supports survivors.
  • April 22 @ 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm -  ONLINE | Tune into the U's Instagram account to learn about campus and federal policy from Office of the Dean of Students and Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action.
  • April 29 @ 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm - ONLINE | Tune into the U's Instagram account to close out a great month with our SAAM committee!
  • March 4 - April 27 - Eccles Health Sciences Library  (EHSL) presents - VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN: CHANGING PERSPECTIVE | 
    • Throughout these two months EHSL will host several events to bring attention to the reality of violence against women in our community through different perspectives. An exhibit from the National Library of Medicine will focus on the history of domestic violence and the role of nurses making a difference. There will be an opportunity to participate in creating a gallery of t-shirts as evidence of the epidemic of violence against women; a lecture that shows how virtual reality is being used to combat domestic violence by putting the perpetrator in the role of the victim; an opportunity to see how virtual reality is changing the perspective in many disciplines; and a panel presentation by local experts who will discuss violence against women in our community.

Campus Offices & Resources

Please follow @uofuwellness on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and check out the hashtag #UofUSAAM to learn more about the resources & support services the University of Utah provides for sexual assault survivors. To hear and learn from your peers, follow along on social media @UofUWellness.