April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is an annual campaign in April to raise public awareness about sexual assault and educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence. Each year the National Sexual Violence Resource Center with assistance from anti-sexual assault organizations and community based foundations throughout the United States.
State, territory, and tribal sexual violence coalitions were polled in 2000 by the Resource Sharing Project (RSP) and the NSVRC to determine that the color blue was the preferred color for sexual assault awareness and prevention. They also picked April as the preferred month to coordinate national sexual assault awareness activities. The teal ribbon was adopted as a symbol of sexual assault awareness and prevention
Themes Throughout the Years were:
- Embrace Your Voice 2018
to inform individuals on how they can use their words to promote safety, respect, and equality to stop sexual violence before it happens.
- I Ask 2019
- Building Safe Online Spaces 2021
In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month there are these observations:
- Day of Action
The first Tuesday in April is the SAAM Day of Action and provides an opportunity for everyone to take action in preventing sexual violence. Wear teal on this day and use hashtag #30DaysofSAAM.
- The Clothesline Project
The Clothesline Project is made up of t-shirts created by survivors of violence, or created in honor of someone who has experienced violence. On this day you are encouraged to express your emotions through art on a t-shirt and wear it.
- Take Back the Night
Take Back the Night is an international event that began in the early 1970s in response to sexual assaults and violence against women. Local communities have organized TBTN marches and rallies to unify individuals against violence in their communities.
- Walk a Mile in Her Shoes
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes was created in 2001 and is an international men’s march to stop rape, sexual assault, and gender violence.
- Denim Day
Denim Day as a symbol of protest against misconceptions around sexual assault and to prevent victim blaming.
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