This event refers to SAAM 2019. SAAM 2020 information to come soon. 

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), an annual campaign to raise public awareness about sexual assault and to educate communities and individuals. This year’s campaign is “Healing is an art. It takes time. It takes practice. It takes love. It takes community.” Our official hashtag is #MasonSAAM

SAAM Program: The Student Support and Advocacy Center with partners from across campus have come together to offer workshops, events, kiosks, and programs for the month open to all of our George Mason University community.

If you have a SAAM related event that you would like us to share, send an email to Courtney Diener at


March 31st – April 6th

Vagina Monologues

Date and Time:

March 30th at 6pm

March 31st at 2pm

April 1st at 6pm

Location: JC Bistro

Event Description: At George Mason, The Vagina Monologues are performed in February as part of V-Day George Mason.  First performed at Mason in 1999, the event is sponsored by Student Support and Advocacy Center, with support from Women and Gender Studies.  Proceeds from the performance benefit the Mason Victims of Violence Fund. SSAC is looking for students, faculty, and staff who are interested in getting involved in all aspects if the production.

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SAAM Day of Action

Date: Tuesday, April 2nd

Time: All Day

Location: Anywhere and Everywhere

Event Description: SAAM Day of Action is a time to make a commitment to eradicating violence in our community. Sign up for an event, support the Mason Victims’ of Violence Fund, and/or wear teal to raise awareness!

Survivor Space

Date: Friday, April 5th

Time: 1pm – 2:30pm

Location: Student Support and Advocacy Center (SUB I, Suite 3200)

Event Description: Survivor space is a welcoming and confidential program for student survivors of sexual assault and other forms of interpersonal violence and trauma to join SSAC advocates and fellow survivors in community. During survivor spaces, student practice self-care and share wisdom with fellow survivors about survivorship. For this special Sexual Assault Awareness Month Survivor Space, we will be creating self-care boxes where student survivors can design their own box with healing supplies and tools for responding to triggers, taking care of self and for general reminders of well-being.

We believe in community, all survivors can heal and grow together.

April 7th – April 13th

Bagels and Boundaries

Date: Tuesday, April 9th

Time: 10:30am – 11:30am

Location: SUB I, Room 3311

Event Description: Establishing healthy boundaries in a relationship allows all partners to feel comfortable and to develop positive self-esteem. In order to establish boundaries, you need to be clear with your partner who you are, what you want, your beliefs and values, and your limits. You also need to understand and respect all partners’ boundaries too. Join SSAC advocates for a workshop on understanding and setting boundaries to cultivate healthy relationships. And like the #punny title suggests, enjoy some bagels and treats with us too!

Victims' Rights Run/Walk 5k

Date: Thursday, April 11th

Time: Race Begins at 12pm (noon)

Location: Merten Hall Lawn

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Event Description: Each April since 1981, the Office of Victims’ Rights has helped lead communities throughout the country in their observances of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. Rallies, candlelight vigils, and a host of commemorative activities are held each year to promote victims’ rights and to honor crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf.

Visit the Office for Victims of Crime website for more information.

April 14th – April 20th

Dos and Donuts of Healthy Dating

Date: Thursday, April 18th

Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Location: Patriot Lounge

Event Description:  Different people define relationships in different ways. But in order for a relationship to be healthy, it needs a few key ingredients! Those ingredients include healthy communication, healthy boundary setting, and mutual support and trust. Join the Student Support and Advocacy Center for a table-fair event with information, tips, and tools about how to have a healthy relationships for all kinds of relationships. Learn more about the dos and don’ts of dating while enjoying a delicious free donut!

April 21st – April 27th

Art of Self Care

Date: Monday, April 22nd



12:00pm – 1:30pm (Faculty Staff Only)

Faculty Staff Registration:

4:00pm – 5:30pm (Students Only)

Student Registration:

Location: Patriot Lounge

Event Description: Calling all activists, preventionists, allies, and supporters in our journey to end violence on campus. 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. Light refreshments will also be served as well as Sexual Assault Awareness Month themed giveaways.

I am Evidence: Screening

Date: Tuesday, April 23rd

Time: 6:00 pm -8:00 pm

Location: JC Cinema

Event Description: Please join the Student Support and Advocacy Center, in collaboration with Fairfax County Department of Family Services Domestic and Sexual Violence Services and Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) for a screening of “I Am Evidence”. This is powerful, award-winning documentary about the number of untested rape kits across the United States. After the documentary, experts will discuss issues of sexual violence and how to work through the criminal justice system. The event will start at 7:00 p.m. in the JC Cinema.

Denim Day

Date: Wednesday, April 24th

Time: All Day

Location: Anywhere and Everywhere

Event Description:

Denim Day is a campaign on a Wednesday each April. The campaign began in response to 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 the person who raped her 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 is sharing the message that there is nothing anyone could ever do to deserve to experience sexual assault. By wearing denim on April 24th, you are showing support for survivors and challenging victim blaming in our community.

Show your support for survivors of sexual assault by wearing your denim on 4/24 wherever you are! Tag us on social media @SSACGMU and use the hashtag #GMUSAAM