Dear USF Community Members,
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM).
SAAM is a nationwide campaign coordinated by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) that has taken place across the country on college campuses and in communities, including the University of San Francisco, for nearly two decades every April. We honor this month each year to support survivors of sexual violence by creating spaces where they feel safe and empowered, raising awareness of sexual violence and providing resources, and working to end sexual violence in our communities. Take a moment to learn about the rich history of SAAM »
This year, the COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated that we move swiftly to shift our day-to-day USF operations online. During SAAM, let us remember that the need for many to shelter-in-place does not necessarily mean that everyone has shelter in these spaces. For some, spaces of “shelter” may be spaces of trauma and violence with a loss of access to support and care. With the knowledge that vulnerable communities are further marginalized in times of uncertainty and crisis, NSVRC has compiled a list of resources to support survivors of sexual assault and foster the creation of safe community during COVID-19.
As in past years, we invite you to attend the SAAM programs being hosted by USF which highlight our ongoing commitment to ending sexual violence.
We look forward to your engagement during Sexual Assault Awareness Month and beyond as USF works together to #ChangetheCulture.
The USF Sexual Violence Prevention Task Force
Denim Day 2020 - Wed., April 29
The Sexual Violence Prevention Task Force hopes you will join us in a global initiative called, Denim Day. Find out more about the origins and intention of Denim Day here: https://www.denimdayinfo.org/.
Please consider joining us by participating in the following ways:
Wearing jeans or denim (jackets, accessories) on Wednesday, April 29 as a visible sign of protest against sexual violence and victim blaming;
Post a picture (or group of pictures) to social media to support #ChangetheCulture and follow @usfcaTitleIX on Instagram and Twitter - we will repost pictures and continue to spread the awareness and community;
Share with your family, friends, and networks and get more people involved; and/or
Submit a photo in advance, by April 24, to help us promote Denim Day! We would love to receive pictures of you/your households staying safe and at home, wearing your USF involvement gear/attire and denim (jeans, jackets, accessories). We hope to feature photos leading up to and on Denim Day to show our unified commitment. Please email your photo with name, year, involvement, department/title to the SLE student marketing team at firstname.lastname@example.org