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Sexual Assault Awareness Month

4 Resources to Start Your Campaign Around Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Posted by On Wednesday, April 1, 2015

As many of our readers are no doubt aware, today marks the beginning of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). While SAAM is always relevant to those concerned about the safety and well-being of college students, the focus of this year’s campaign is s especially relevant to institutes of higher education: the prevention of sexual violence on college campuses. We know our readers will be looking for creative and engaging ways to participate. Here are some ideas and resources to get you started.

Plan an Event

The National Sexual Violence Resource Center releases planning guides to help advocates and allies develop an effective Sexual Assault Awareness Month campaign. These valuable guides provide specific event ideas and strategies for promoting awareness and engaging your community’s support and participation. Another great resource is this list of specific events on their blog.

Wear Jeans

Denim Day is Wednesday, April 29th this year. Denim Day started as a protest against a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court that overturned a rape conviction because the victim’s jeans were “too tight” for the attacker to remove without the victim’s help. Denim Day was conceived as a protest against all such misconceptions about sexual violence. You can show your support by organizing a full-fledged campaign around Denim Day on your campus or simply wearing jeans on April 29th this year.

Watch a Movie

The Hunting Ground, a new documentary on campus rape, has been raising awareness and provoking important conversations on college and university campuses across the country. Go to a screening to educate yourself or get more people involved by arranging a field trip. Make sure to organize a follow up discussion and make support resources easily available to students and staff who may be triggered by the movie.

Host a Workshop

Our own website offers numerous resources and ideas for workshops and awareness campaigns that you can use to create programming around Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Download free posters, workshops, and other materials here and adapt them to your own campus’s needs.

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Weekly Roundup
Posted by On Friday, March 20, 2015

For this week’s roundup we have the results of a survey of college presidents and two upcoming events relevant to campus sexual assault.

The Majority of College Presidents Still Think Sexual Assault Isn’t an Issue for their Campus

Last year we reported on the results of an Inside Higher Ed survey of college and university presidents that revealed that while 71% of respondents agreed higher education as a whole needed to improve responses to sexual assault, a whopping 95% of them believed their own institutions had adequate responses to allegations of assault. This year’s results reveal similar attitudes. 78% of college presidents believed sexual assault was not prevalent on their own campus. Over 75% said their own institution did “a good job protecting women from sexual assault.” Just under a third thought “Sexual assault is prevalent at U.S. colleges and universities.”

Sexual Assault Awareness Month is Coming, Niagara Falls to Turn Teal

Sexual Assault Awareness Month is just a few weeks away, and while the month will be a chance for organizations of all sizes to do what they can to raise awareness about sexual assault, the Niagara Falls Illumination Board will be taking the opportunity to highlight the issue in spectacular fashion. On April 12 Niagara Falls will be illuminated teal, the color of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, on both the Canadian and American sides of the border. This year’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month will focus on campus sexual assault.

CampusClarity at NASPA

Last but not least, and as many of you are probably aware, this coming weekend is the 2015 NASPA Annual Conference in New Orleans. Like last year, we’ll be at the conference to learn, engage in conversation, and of course offer information about our own Campus SaVE Act and Title IX training. If you want to learn more, or just meet our team, come to booth 405 or our free cocktail event. If you do, you’ll have the chance to win a free iPad! Finally, if you know you want a demo at the show, feel free to schedule one in advance using this link.

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A Powerful Message
Posted by On Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Don’t let her slight stature fool you. Katie Koestner, who led the initiative to establish The Take Back the Night Foundation, delivers a powerful message, telling students to “speak up and stand strong” against sexual violence.

This week she was the keynote speaker at a Sexual Assault Awareness Month event at the University of San Francisco. Koestner told the audience her story of being date raped when she was an 18-year-old college freshman. She recalled vivid details like what she was wearing, what her date was wearing, how he ordered champagne for them at a French restaurant in French, how they went back to her dorm room and danced, and how he pushed her to the floor and raped her.

Though she reported the assault to college administrators and her attacker was found responsible for a student conduct violation, the punishment meted out was merely to ban him from her residence hall for one semester.

Instead of staying silent at a time when sexual assault was rarely talked about, Koestner was the first survivor of date rape to speak out nationally. She has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, NBC Nightly News, MTV, CNBC Talk Live, Larry King Live, Good Morning America, CNN, and many other news programs. In 1993, HBO made the docudrama “No Visible Bruises: The Katie Koestner Story.”

At the USF event, Koestner told the audience that after the assault her life hit rock bottom, but “I am fearless now” because “I have felt like a nothing … nonexistent.” Her goal is to reach the point where speaking out about sexual violence and respecting those who have the courage to tell their stories is the norm. More than twenty years later she is still passionate about motivating students: “advocating for our own self-respect will change the world.”

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Free Posters for Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Posted by On Wednesday, April 16, 2014

SAAM_Posters_Page_2We’re already half-way through April. Hopefully, your workshops and activities centered around Sexual Assault Awareness Month have been successful. If you’re looking for other ways to raise awareness, we’ve put together a few black-and-white posters that you can download here.

They’re simple, but — we think — effective. They encourage students to educate themselves about issues surrounding sexual assault. After all, awareness is not only about giving students information, but motivating them to research the issues for themselves. We want students to become advocates!

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What is Your Campus Doing for Sexual Assault Awareness Month?
Posted by On Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. It’s a good time for schools to reflect on and reinvigorate their campus programming around sexual violence.

If your school is still searching for quality resources and workshops, don’t worry, we’re here to help.

This month, we’ll be posting free, downloadable workshop materials and other resources. They will cover topics from consent to bystander intervention. We encourage you to use them.

Look for the first workshop later this week!

In addition, this month we’ll be reporting on the draft regulations for the Campus SaVE Act and the White House Task Force’s report on campus sexual violence. So keep checking in!

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