Sexual Assault Awareness Month
What is Sexual Assault Awareness Month?
During the month of April, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) holds Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), a national campaign to increase awareness of sexual violence and education on how to prevent it and support survivors. For the spring semester, the Interns at the Women’s Center of Virginia Tech are initiating the SAAM theme of “I Ask,” which focuses on asking for consent in multiple forms of relationships. In support of a mission to promote a safe, equitable, and supportive community, the Women’s Center hopes to build support for this national effort across the Virginia Tech and Blacksburg community. Please check out this SAAM 2019 google drive folder which contains information about dates and times of our events, as well as additional resource information pieces, all free to use. Our goal is to provide education on healthy consent practices and access to resources on how to help a friend who has experienced some form of sexual violence.
How can you support SAAM this year?
· Participate in our Wear Teal Day on Wednesday, April 6th, in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
· Stop by our info tables to grab some resources, stickers, and other giveaways each week this month. Check our Insta Stories @vtwomensctr to find us on campus!
· Attend one of the events we or our campus and community friends are hosting!
Here's a few, but check back form more updates.
Consent & Sexual Violence | Wed. March 31st 6:30-7:30 pm
Healthy & Unhealthy Relationships | Thurs. April 1st 6:30-7:30 pm
Take Back The Net | April 2nd 7:00pm
Take Back The Net is a virtual space for survivors and allies from across the Commonwealth to come together for healing and support. Interested in sharing your story? Register at tinyurl.com/TBTN2021SPEAKERS and you will receive follow up from a confidential resource. To attend and listen register at: tinyurl.com/TBTN2021 This event will include live ASL interpretation and captions.
Take Back The Night | Thurs. April 8th
Trauma Informed Yoga Events:
Therapeutic Yoga for Survivors | Wed. April 28th, 2021 3:00pm - 4:00pm Registration: https://tinyurl.com/Survivor-Yoga
Mind-Body Balance Yoga | Fri. April 30th, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm Registration: https://tinyurl.com/WCCommunity-Yoga
VT SAAM Book Club Discussion | Thurs. April 29th 11:00am
Sexual Citizens: A Landmark Study of Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus by Jenifer S. Hirsch and Shamus Khan Register here
And since we are still in the panorama, we will be sharing information, education, and digital participation options throughout the month!
Follow us on social media! Find us on Instagram and Twitter at @womenscentervt and on Facebook at VTWomensCenter. Like, share, and re-post to spread the SAAM 2021 message with your friends, family, and followers.