Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)

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In April of 2001, the U.S. began to nationally observe the month of April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Throughout the month, organizations across the country host events and programs that aim to educate the public and reach out to survivors. Teal ribbons are worn by many to raise awareness in support of the cause.

In 2014, President Barack Obama proclaimed the month of April as National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, urging all Americans to support survivors of sexual assault and work together to prevent these crimes in our respective communities. On many college and university campuses, Sexual Assault Awareness Month serves to bring awareness around these issues through consciousness-raising and educational programming.

During the month of April, the Office of Equity and Diversity, along with other offices will sponsor programming in an effort to bring awareness to sexual violence. All faculty, staff, students, residents, and postdocs are invited to attend.

UTHSC Events

Sexual Assault Awareness Month Day of Action

April 4th | 11:30 am - 1:00 pm | Student Alumni Center (Outdoor Plaza)

UTHSC’s observance of SAAM Month serves to bring awareness around these issues through consciousness-raising and educational programming, as well as to provide support to victims of sexual assault. Join us in the Health Sciences Park to kick off the month! There will be music, food, and giveaways. 

Self-Defense Tactics and Healthy Relationships Information

April 10th | 11:00 pm - 12:00 pm | Health Sciences Park (Student Appreciation Event)
April 27th | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm | Madison Plaza Lobby

The Office of Equity and Diversity and Campus Police are coming to you to provide live demonstrations in terms of personal safety, assertiveness, and self-defense. It is part of a comprehensive effort to prevent sexual assault and other acts of interpersonal violence. Stop by for information, refreshments, and giveaways.

Sexual Misconduct and Your Mandatory Reporter Role

April 4th | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm | Madison Plaza Conference Room (C-1)
April 20th | 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm | Madison Plaza Conference Room (C-1)
April 25th | 9:00 am - 10:30 am | 930 Madison – Freeman Auditorium

Under Title IX and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), UTHSC has a compliance obligation to train Mandatory Reporters/Responsible Employees annually, and as a result completion of this training is required.  All UTHSC employees (i.e., faculty and staff) are encouraged to complete the required training by June 30, 2017. The dates listed below are face-to-face classes being offered during Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

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