Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Please join ASAP in showing your support for survivors in the UNC community by engaging with us on social media and our virtual events this Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM).
You can find more details of these events and how to participate by visiting our Instagram and Facebook Page.
If you are interested in participating in any of the events listed below, you can share your experiences or words of support anonymously using this online form. This form will prompt you and allow you to submit to whatever campaign you are interested. Remember this is intended to be anonymous.
April 13th - 17th
The Clothesline Project is an art installation that aims to educate students and community members that violence is a problem in our community, illustrate the resources that are available to help and support violence survivors, and demonstrate there is a path to hope and healing. This year our Clothesline will be virtual.
Carry That Weight
A demonstration to bring awareness to sexual assaults that happen on college campuses. It is a continuation of Emma Sulkowicz's senior thesis in which she carried around her mattress until the student she says raped her was expelled or left. Look for videos and discussion to talk about this topic.
April 20th - April 24th
UNConditional Support Campaign
Please follow us on instagram as we share with you anonymous submissions from fellow bears about their experiences with sexual violence and challenge our community to do better and show our UNConditional support for survivors in our community. If you are not a survivor, but would like to share your words of support, we will also share those during this time.
An internationally recognized day, denim is work to support survivors of sexual violence in defiance of an overturned rape conviction ruling in the Italian Supreme Court. The justices felt the victim was wearing very tight jeans and she must have helped the person who raped her remove them implying consent. Please wear denim to show your support for survivors.
Why I didn't Report Campaign
Public and media reactions that blamed Dr. Christine Blasey Ford during Brett Kavanaugh's hearing in the fall of 2018 sparked a social media movement that looked at why many survivors of gender-based violence choose not to report or feel they are unable to do so. The hashtag aimed to increase awareness and understanding into the many social, personal, economic, emotional, and/or legal barriers that discourage survivors from reporting. If you are a survivor chose not to report, please share with us the barriers or social pressures/expectations that led you to feel you couldn't report.
Why I didn't Leave Campaign
Survivors of intimate partner violence/domestic violence are often questioned or blamed for not initially leaving an abusive relationship. The hashtag, #WhyIDidntLeave went viral to shed light on why survivors didn't leave an abusive relationship to increase awareness and understanding of the dangers and dynamics of intimate partner violence. Please share with us any barriers or social pressures/expectations that discouraged you from leaving your relationship.