The month of April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and The Aurora Center is looking for your support in bringing awareness regarding the issue of sexual assault to our community and rallying the community to become involved in the various events taking place on campus.
Show Your Support - Learn more about sexual assault and how you can work to prevent it
Share Your Support - Be part of the conversation
Speak Your Support - Explore the events happening on campus to attend
History of SAAM
Sexual assault is a very serious issue that is prevalent and traumatic. For survivors, it can mean a lifetime of working to regain a life once known before the assault and it can negatively impact the lives of friends and family who care about them. But healing is possible and there is a lot we all can do to support them.
Important Information to Know:
1 in 5 college women are raped
90% of sexual assaults in college is committed by an acquaintance
Less than 12% of college rape victims report their assault to the police
While most men don’t rape, 98 - 99% of rape is committed by men
More than 600 women and 100 men attending the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities experience actual or attempted rape in a single year.
At the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities, approximately 500 men and 1,300 women experience unwanted sexual contact each year.
See Statistics Handout for more information
Stop by The Aurora Center’s office in Appleby Hall 117 and pick up a SAAM themed button to share your support everywhere you go. While you are in our office, ask our with our friendly volunteers and staff any questions you may have or about how you can get more involved with SAAM!
Share your support, thoughts and experiences on social media using #SAAM. Include The Aurora Center’s account’s on your posts and we will support you!
Keep checking throughout the month of April for updates and more events!
Niagara Falls Turns Teal for SAAM
When: Thursday, April 2, 2015
Courtesy of: National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) & The Niagara Falls Illumination Board
#SAAM Day Of Action
When: Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Courtesy of: NSVRC
It’s Time to Act
When: Wednesday April 8, 2015 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
Where: Washington Bridge, East & West Bank
Courtesy of: The Aurora Center for Advocacy & Education
“No Gray” & “Minnesota Sex Academy”
Courtesy of: Minnesota Student Association
International Anti-Street Harassment Week
When: April 12-18, 2015
Courtesy of: Meet Us On The Street
When: Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Courtesy of: Meet Us On The Street & International Anti-Street Harassment Week
“The First Step” Sexual Assault Awareness Event
When: Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 7:15pm to 9:15pm
Where: Willey Hall
Courtesy of: Sigma Phi Epsilon with IFC, PHC, MSA, Sigma Lambda Beta, Phi Beta Sigma, and The Aurora Center
“The Hunting Grounds” film screening
When: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 7:00pm
Where: Northrup Auditorium, Best Buy Theater
Courtesy of: Film Society of MPS/MSP International Film Festival & MSA
“Walk A Mile in Her Shoes”
When: Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 7:00pm
Where: Northrup Mall
Courtesy of: University of Minnesota Panhellenic Council Sororities
“Brave Miss World” film screening
When: Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Where: Humphrey School Conference Center
Courtesy of: The Twin Cities Maimonides Society of the Jewish Foundation of Greater St. Paul
and the Minneapolis Jewish Federation
National Crime Victim’s Rights Week: Engaging Communities, Empowering Victims #NCVRW
When: April 19-25, 2015
Courtesy of: U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime
“Take Back The Night”
When: Friday, May 1, 2015 - 6:00pm
Where: Coffman Memorial Union Plaza
Courtesy of: Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG)
Women's organized protests against violence began in the late 1970s in England, with Take Back the Night marches. These women-only protests emerged in direct response to the violence that women encountered as they walked the streets at night. These activities became more coordinated and soon developed into a movement that extended to the United States and, by 1978, the first Take Back the Night events in the U.S. were held in San Francisco and New York City. Over time, sexual assault awareness activities expanded to include the issue of sexual violence against men and men’s participation in ending sexual violence.
By the early 1980s, substantial interest developed in coordinating activities to raise awareness of violence against women. As a result, time was set aside during October to raise awareness of violence against women issues. Over time, October became the principle focus of domestic violence awareness activities. Sexual assault advocates looked for a separate time to focus attention on sexual assault issues.
In the late 1980s, the National Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NCASA) informally polled state sexual assault coalitions to determine when to have a national Sexual Assault Awareness Week. A week in April was selected. Over time, however, some advocates began focusing attention on sexual violence throughout the month of April. In the late 1990s, many advocates began coordinating activities throughout the month of April on a regular basis, promoting an idea for a nationally recognized month for sexual violence awareness activities.
From 2000-2001, the Resource Sharing Project (RSP) and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), polled state, territory, and tribal coalitions and found that the color teal was the preferred color for sexual assault awareness and prevention and April was the most preferred month to coordinate national sexual assault awareness activities, respectively. As a result, Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) was first observed nationally in April 2001.
Since then, the NSVRC has continued to promote a degree of national unity in voice and action regarding SAAM activities, encourage interaction and feedback from across the nation, and build momentum based on the previous years’ activities. The NSVRC has provided resources to advocates nationwide to help them plan SAAM activities in their communities during April and throughout the year. These resources have included publications (e.g., newsletters, booklets, and directories); prevention materials (e.g., palm cards and online resources); and awareness-raising products (e.g., pins, posters, stickers, and postcards). Additionally, the NSVRC has taken an active role in making sexual violence awareness and prevention resources available to the U.S. territories and the healthcare community. More recently, the NSVRC has placed increasing emphasis on the prevention of sexual violence. As a result, its SAAM campaigns have included a greater focus on prevention as well.