Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Virtual Sexual Assault Awareness

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

The Clothesline Project

Thank you so much to SASA, Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority Inc., and everyone who participated in The Clothesline Project for SAAM 2020. This project honors the experiences of survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, incest or child sexual abuse. By following this link, you can explore a virtual gallery to view the shirts and read some facts about sexual violence. We want to give a shout-out to Tammy Wang from Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority Inc. for her hard work on creating this virtual gallery and researching this information. Below, you can find some more facts about Sexual Assault Awareness Month from the Office of Advocacy and Support.

A Note From The Office of Advocacy And Support

Please note that some of the content displayed can be difficult to view. We encourage you to engage in this project in a way that is best for you. You may want to take a break when viewing the shirts, listening to a favorite song or calming sound while going through the virtual gallery, etc. OAS isalso a resource for you. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you would like to speak with one of our confidential advocates. We also want to acknowledge that the bodies presented wearing some of these shirts appear to be white and biologically male. All bodies can and do experience violence. The bodies represented here are part of Custom Ink’s design lab and not chosen by OAS or project participants.

Facts and Statistics 

1. One in three women and one in six men will experience sexual violence in their lifetime. 21% of TGQN (transgender, genderqueer, nonconforming) college students have been sexually assaulted. (Statistics from RAINN)

2. SAAM Day of Action is the first Tuesday in April, and is a day to focus on bringing awareness to sexual violence prevention and the steps to eradicating sexual violence. You can also spread awareness and take steps to eradicate violence all year long!

3. Denim Day is a day to wear jeans with a purpose. It started in 1999 and was inspired by a show of solidarity for a survivor. Now, thousands of people all over the world wear jeans on this day in April. You can find out more about Denim Day here. 

4. One way to spread awareness and show your support to survivors is to speak up against sexist, racist, classist, homophobic, etc. language and behavior. All oppression is connected and by speaking up, you are showing your support for survivors and helping to change the culture.

5. Many cases of sexual violence go unreported, but that does not mean that survivors are not engaged in healing in other ways. Survivors have the autonomy to choose how to engage in processes. OAS can support survivors in discussing their options and connecting with resources.

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