Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Please join ASAP in your support for survivors in the UNC community by engaging with us on social media and attending events this Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM).
Sexual Assault Awareness Month was first observed in April 2001, however many events that are associated with Sexual Assault Awareness Month such as Take Back the Night have a longer history. SAAM is about providing spaces for survivors to feel supported and empowered and for the UNC community to come together to continue to challenge our campus and community to do better preventing, responding, and supporting survivors of sexual violence.
Things Happening at UNC during
Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Starting on April 17, the Clothesline Project will be on display in Michener Library and the UC. The Clothesline Project is a visual display to bring attention and awareness to gender-based violence. During the public display, a clothesline will be hung with shirts decorated with a survivor’s experience or words that survivors want to share. If anyone would like to participate in this project by decorating a shirt, ASAP will be tabling at the UC, Michener Library, and Holmes Dining Hall tomorrow (4/7) throughout the day. Shirts can be returned on April 13th to Holmes and the UC again.
Tack Back the Night: Thursday April 21st from 6:00 to 9:00 pm: Gunter Hall
Tack Back the Night is a historic demonstration that started with women coming together to challenge the social norms that permit sexual violence and makes excuses for those who perpetrate it. Today, Take Back the Night is a annual event on the UNC campus where survivors and supporters come together to continue this message that as a UNC community we do not tolerate or except sexual violence as the norm. Please join us, for an evening of empowerment and reflection. After gathering to hear from individuals in our community and the impact sexual violence has had for them, we will March around campus to show our support for survivors and challenge the campus community to continue to fight for change. After the march, we will gather for a candlelight reflection and end the night with a bonfire.
Wednesday April 27th is Denim Day! On Denim Day, we ask everyone to wear denim to combat victim blaming and educate others about sexual violence. Denim Day was started in response to an Italian Court decision that overturned a sexual assault case, because of what the victim was wearing. There is a long history behind Denim Day and why wearing denim is so significant, to learn more about it, click here.
It is ok if you can't be with us on campus. There are virtual events that you can do that adds your support for survivors in our community.
Paint Instagram Teal: We are asking everyone on campus to change their profile photo to a teal circle in support of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Changing the profile photo on individual accounts and chapter/council organization accounts is a great way to spread awareness and support.
The Hollaback Project: This is a campaign to end street harassment and cat-calling on campus at UNC. We are asking any student, staff, or faculty on campus who has ever experienced street harassment/cat-calling to fill out an anonymous survey and tell us about the experience. At the end of the month we are going to collect all the responses and highlight the impact of street harassment here on campus.
Link to Hollaback survey: https://forms.gle/Z79ZgQpvFWgQxjfr5
You can find more details of these events and how to participate by visiting our Instagram