Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Sexual Assault Awareness Month is April!

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) an annual campaign to raise public awareness about sexual assault and to educate communities and individuals.

The Student Support and Advocacy Center with partners from across campus have come together to offer over 23 workshops, events, kiosks, and programs for the month open to all of our George Mason University community. This year’s campaign is “Your Voice Has Power. Believe Survivors. End Victim Blaming. Ask for Consent. Respect Boundaries.”

 

Volunteering for SAAM: Because we have so many great offerings, we could use a ton of support! Interested volunteers can sign up here.

Sign the Pledge: I pledge to End Sexual Violence at George Mason University here.

Events

Support Events by using #MASON30DAYSOFSAAM

Teal Party, April 2nd, SUB I Quad 7:30pm- 8:30 pm

Join the Student Support and Advocacy Center in the Johnson Center to ring in Sexual Assault Awareness Month! Prep for #tealtuesday by tie dying scrunchies, socks and more! Show off your teal accessories throughout the month to support Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Emerge, April 3rd, SUB I 3311, 11 am-2 pm

Emerge is a training preparing members of the Mason community to respond to survivors of sexual and relationship violence and to create a network of faculty and staff dedicated to supporting survivors. SSAC provides a 3 hour training that will help you and your organization become more comfortable and skilled when responding to a disclosure. Knowing how to respond effectively can improve healing for the student victims and assists them in connecting with resources and support services. Registration is required and this student is only open to Faculty, Staff & Graduate Students with a job on campus.

Healthy Relationships, April 11th, SUB I 3311, 3 pm-4 pm

A healthy relationship can occur between many different kinds of people like partners, couples, or just someone you’ve been on a few dates with. No matter if it’s a serious relationship or just a fling, you want it to be healthy! Learn more about Healthy Relationships at the Healthy Relationships Workshop!

Victims’ Rights Run/Walk 5K  April 12th, Merten Hall, Race starts at 12 pm

Each April for the past 22 years, University Life departments, Mason Athletics and Mason Police and community sponsors have continues to honor the legacy of former student athlete, Aimee Willard. The Victims’ Rights Run/Walk is an interactive way to engage students to help them learn about all types of violence to include interpersonal violence and raise money for a great cause. Register to run here.

Dos and Doughnuts of Online Dating, SUB I 3311, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Research suggests that 27% of young adults used a dating app in the last year.  Join the Student Support and Advocacy Center and the Peer Advocates for a free doughnut and stigma free conversation about staying safe while using online dating apps lead by the Peer Advocates.

The Art of Self Care, April 17th& 18th, SUB I 3311, 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm *Registration Required

Join The Student Support and Advocacy Center in doing self-care by creating art! This event includes step-by-step instruction of a beautiful painting that you can make uniquely yours. All supplies will be provided for free. Registration here.

Denim Day, April 25th, All Day!

Denim Day is a campaign on a Wednesday in April in honor of Sexual Violence Awareness Month. The campaign was originally triggered by a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped her rapist remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. Join the Peer Advocates and the Student Support and Advocacy Center in sharing the message that there is no excuse or invitation for someone to sexually assault another person. 

 

Resources

 The month can be a great time to get involved! It can also be a difficult time for survivors of interpersonal violence. Here are some of the campus and local community resources. For more information about all resources, visit https://diversity.gmu.edu/sexual-misconduct/what-title-ix/who-call.

 

Confidential Resources for Students:

Student Support and Advocacy Center: http://ssac.gmu.edu

Counseling and Psychological Services: https://caps.gmu.edu

Student Health Services: https://shs.gmu.edu

Non-confidential but Private Resources for Faculty & Staff:

Employee Relations: http://hr.gmu.edu/emp_relations/

Office for Women and Domestic and Sexual Violence: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/familyservices/domestic-sexual-violence

Campus Reporting & Safety Resources:

GMU Police Department: http://police.gmu.edu

Compliance, Diversity and Ethics: https://diversity.gmu.edu/title-ix/what-title-ix