April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)
Check out the Announcements and Events calendar for an update of how you can participate at the University of Montana campus and around Missoula.
Check out the SAAM Social Media Campaign calendar for information on how you can make an impact by using your own voice on virtual social platforms.
Featured SAAM Events
April 1-April 30th: 30 Day SAAM Challenge
National Sexual Violence Resource Center hosted the #30Daysof SAAM Challenge
Everyone was welcome to share their perspective on how and why sexual violence prevention is important to them. Users were encouraged to post on their instagram account and tag @NSVRC, the hashtags of #30DaysofSAAM and the prompt (for example: #Day1). There was an opportunity to participate every day or choose the day(s) that were most important. There were daily prizes and a grand prize. The SAAM Social Media Campaign calendar was on the SARC webpage as well as on the NSVRC webpage.
April 5th: NSVRC Day of Action: Wear Teal
Wear Teal on the Day of Action
Chances are someone in your life is a survivor of sexual harassment, assault, or abuse, even if they have never shared their story with you. We showed support for survivors of sexual harassment and abuse by wearing teal — the color of sexual violence prevention — on April 5th by posting a selfie to Twitter or Instagram using #SAAM2022.
April 6th: LIghting of Main Hall (SAAM)
Sexual Assault Awareness Month Kickoff Event
Building Safer Spaces: Reclaiming our Right to Safety
We lit up Main Hall and took a pledge to take action during this campus kickoff event for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. We were given the opportunity to hear our peers speak about how the theme of Building Safer Spaces: Reclaiming Our Right to Safety was important to them. There were free cookies and hot cocoa.
April 8th: Red Sand Project
Red Sand Project
Red sand was filled into the edges of the side walk next to the Jeanette Rankin Peace Center. This demonstration for sex trafficking awareness was symbolic of those who have fallen through the cracks.
April 13th: Soup Wednesday
Free soup and the opportunity to learn more about the Student Advocacy Resource Center during SOUP WEDNESDAY, was served during this event.
April 15th: Art Exhibit, A Renaissance
A nonlinear venture of life, trauma, recovery, and rebirth was told through the perspective of The Survivor™. The exhibition featured three distinct spaces displaying disparate but united, versions of the internal of woman. You could walk through the exhibit in Social Science Gallery of Visual Arts from 5-5:50 &/or attend the talk with the artist at Social Science Room 356 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm.
April 19th: Sexual Assault Response Panel
Sexual Assault Response 101 Panel
This conversation was guided by common student questions, such as: Who do I call first for help? Is help available, even in the middle of the night? Can I be charged for under-age drinking or drug-use if I am seeking help? What do I do if I, or a friend, has been drugged?
The panel of first-responders included representatives from the Missoula Police Department, University of Montana Police Department, YWCA Missoula, SARC (Student Advocacy Resource Center), and First STEP (Sexual Trauma Evaluation Program).
April 27th: Denim Day
Wear Your Denim to Demonstrate Your Support for Survivors
This demonstrative day of action was spurred by a court case which implied consent because the survivor was wearing tight jeans. Denim Day is a recognition that clothing is never the equivalent of consent. We joined the social protest against victim blaming surrounding sexual assault and showed our support for survivors by wearing denim.
April 27th: Students’ Perception of Safety and Resources and Self-reports of Sex-based Harm
Students’ Perception of Safety and Resources and Self-reports of Sex-based Harm
The Safe Campus Survey was administered from Oct 2021 – Feb 2022. This presentation reviewed the results from the 845 traditional aged UM undergraduates. We will review students reported sense of safety on and offcampus; their experiences of sex-based harm; and, their level of familiarity, comfort, and perceived effectiveness of campus-based resources, such as Title IX, SARC, Curry Counseling, and the Office of Inclusive Excellence for Student Success.
April 28th: Trivia at imagine Nation
Trivia Night at Imagine Nation Brewing
Could you pick Janette Rankin out of a collection of other photos? Do you know who sang RESPECT? You could have shown off your trivia skills and enjoyed some good brews with us at Imagine Nation Brewing while earning fun prizes!
April 29th: Kendall Butler's Capstone Project, a Concert!
Concert at Hellgate Roller Derby League Space
Local artists rocked and participants flexed their creative muscles making their own bracelet during this capstone project that was put together by UM student and SARC advocate, Kendall Butler.
May 5th: LIghting of Main Hall (MMIW)
Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Congressional Day Awareness
Show your support for the Congressional Day of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. The event began with honor songs, an Elder blessing, speakers, and ended with a candlelit vigil walk.