We are all well aware of the Covid-19 global crisis that has dramatically altered our daily routines and impacted all our lives. Rightfully so, our attention and energy has been focused on this crisis and doing all that we can to stop the spread of this novel virus. Yet there are many other critical global crises that continue and must be discussed and highlighted in order to also stop their spread.
In the United States, April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on how to prevent it. This year, SAAM is celebrating its 19th anniversary with the theme “I Ask” to empower everyone to put consent into practice. We know that one month isn’t enough to solve the serious and widespread issue of sexual violence. However, the attention April generates is an opportunity to energize and expand prevention efforts throughout the year. Sexual Assault Awareness Month is about more than awareness; Our ultimate goal is prevention. Since consent is a clear, concrete example of what it takes to end sexual harassment, abuse, and assault, this year’s campaign shares the message that asking for consent is a normal and necessary part of sex. Please join us in the virtual activities and experiences this month to promote sexual assault awareness and prevention and show support for all victim/survivors.
SAAM 2020 Virtual Events:
- @umrochester Instagram Live Yoga, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
- #30DaysofSAAM Instagram challenge
- UMR's Sexual Assault Awareness Month YouTube Playlist
- Consent Video Series
- Day of Action on Tuesday
- Wear teal and post a picture on social media to show your support
- Use the hashtag #SAAMDayOfAction
- Diversity Dialogue - Hosted by Diversity and Inclusion Team - Thursday, April 16, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.