Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2022
Building on the powerful voices that have emerged following the #MeToo and Times Up movements, NEWS Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse Services is proud to launch the start of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) this April. This year’s SAAM campaign, “Embrace Your Voice” continues to push the conversation forward and encourages individuals to speak up and use their voice to promote safety, respect and equality toward ending sexual violence.
Sexual assault, at its core, is a devastating abuse of power – one that affects people of every age, race, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, socioeconomic background, and religion. Rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment harm our community.
All of our voices have power and it is time for everyone to find that voice and embrace it. One month is not enough to solve the serious and widespread issue of sexual violence, but Sexual Assault Awareness Month is a reminder that we change our culture through the things we say and do every day. It can be as simple as calling out comments that blame victims for being assaulted or make light of sexual violence.
NEWS is calling on individuals and communities to commemorate SAAM by embracing their voices to show support for survivors, stand up to victim blaming, shut down rape jokes, correct harmful misconceptions, promote everyday consent, and practice healthy communications with children.
Turn to the NEWS website and our social media this April for our events, information, social media posts and graphics. You can easily share, post and tag @news4peace throughout the month to get involved. Our words shape the world around us. Together, we can stand up and speak out to change our culture and attitudes that allow sexual violence to persist.
Sexual Assault Victim Services
Coach Bailie, Program Manager Sexual Assault Victim Services
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Participate in a SAAM event!
SAAM Day of Action
Join us in wearing teal — the color of sexual assault prevention — on Tuesday, April 5th, to kick-off SAAM. Everyone has a role to play in ending sexual violence and showing your support for survivors by wearing teal is one way you can embrace your voice for change. Wearing teal during SAAM Day of Action serves as a conversation-starter for important issues about consent, respect, and supporting survivors.
Tag NEWS @news4peace #SAAM
Wear Jeans on Denim Day!
Wear jeans to take a stand against victim-blaming in honor of Denim Day – Wednesday, April 27th. Wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol against destructive attitudes surrounding sexual assault and victim blaming.
Tag NEWS @news4peace #denimday
Dine & Donate
Raise a cone for NEWS on Wednesday, April 27th by supporting our Dine and Donate with Ben & Jerry's. In support of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, 20% of sales will be donated to NEWS when you mention this promotion.
“What Were You Wearing?” is an art exhibit based on student-survivor descriptions of the clothes they were wearing during their sexual assault. This installation provides a tangible response to one of our culture’s most pervasive sexual assault myths and asks participants to understand that sexual assault is never about the clothing. Click on the links below to view graphic representations of the exhibit.
The act of shedding those clothes is never enough to bring peace or comfort to survivors. This violation is not simply woven into the fabric of the material, it is a part of the survivor’s new narrative.
One of the goals of the installation is for everyone to see themselves reflected in not only the outfits, but also the stories. This realization moves us away from blaming the victim for violence and places responsibility where it belongs - on those who cause harm.
Survivors of sexual assault deserve to feel heard, validated, believed, and to know that assault is never their fault.
NEWS is grateful for the opportunity to present this virtual recreation of "What Were You Wearing?" from the original creators, Dr. Mary Wyandt-Hiebert and Ms. Jen Brockman at Kansas University and would like to thank the brave survivors who donated their stories for the cause.