Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April 4, 2024
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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Recent statistics underscore the urgency of sexual violence prevention and intervention work: RAINN reports that an American is assaulted every 68 seconds, and studies show over 53% of women and over 29% of men reported experiencing contact sexual violence. Marginalized communities, including people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, and those with disabilities, face disproportionately higher rates of sexual assault.

The consequences of sexual assault are severe and widespread. Sexual assault and misconduct are serious, often criminal, acts which violate University policy, undermine our community values and cause emotional and physical health impacts for victims. Statistics show that over 26% of college females and 7% of males report experiencing sexual assault, and most individuals, across all sexual identities, who experience sexual violence, are harmed by a person they know. Connected communities that take care of one another help to prevent sexual abuse, assault and harassment before they happen.

These statistics are not just numbers; they represent the lived experiences of millions of individuals. Sexual Assault Awareness Month serves as a platform to raise awareness, challenge harmful attitudes and behaviors, and promote survivor-centered support systems. By fostering open conversations, advocating for comprehensive prevention strategies, and supporting survivors, we can work towards a future where sexual violence is eliminated, and all individuals are treated with dignity and respect.

Join us as we raise awareness throughout the month of April!

Dr. Cheree Meeks
Assistant Dean for Programs, Diversity, and Inclusion

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History of Anti-Sexual Violence Movements
Wed. April 10, 2024; 2:00PM – 4:00PM
Women & Gender Resource Center (4th Floor Student Union Memorial Center)

This workshop will explore the history of the anti-sexual violence movement, particularly in Arizona, and examine how misogyny, homophobia, colonization, and white supremacy contribute to global gender-based violence.

Spotting & Stopping Red Flags in Dating
Wed. April 24, 2024; 2:00PM – 4:00PM
Women & Gender Resource Center (4th Floor Student Union Memorial Center)

Come with questions for the facilitator, Carrie Eutizi from the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Wear DENIM or the color teal on April 24th. Stop by the Honors Village Lobby to grab some stickers, pins, and other materials to spread the word about sexual assault and violence.

For more information and resources: 

UA Sexual Assault Awareness Month #SAAM2024
Southern Arizona Against Sexual Assault 
Sexual Assault Awareness Month Recommended Reading List