In the United States, April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on how to prevent it. The intention of USF’s “We Are SAAM” theme this year is to center the voices of those who have been historically marginalized within the sexual assault movement.
SFWAR Walk Against Rape
Saturday, April 6 from 10am-2pm at the Women’s Building, San Francisco
Walk with Latinas Unidas in San Francisco's 14th Annual Walk Against Rape on Saturday, April 6. This 2.2 mile walk around the Mission District is an opportunity to come together and raise awareness around sexual violence. Register to join the USF team or to make a donation »
Meet Latinas Unidas at 9am at the wolves in Gleeson Plaza for our USF team! Questions? Contact Alondra Ramos at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Voices of Faith and Justice
Wednesday, April 10 | 12-1pm | Thatcher Gallery
All are welcome to participate in this interfaith prayer experience on Wednesday, April 10 at 12–1 p.m. in Thacher Gallery, a place of healing and dialogue that will address SAAM themes and faith. Spiral Muse, a San Francisco-based band dedicated to the Divine Feminine, will be a musical guest for this service.
Alcohol Awareness Gameday
Thursday, April 11 | 11 a.m.–1 p.m. | Gleeson Plaza
Learn active upstander strategies and responsible drinking tips through fun games and activities.
LGBT Movie Night
Thursday, April 11 | 7 p.m. | UC Fourth Floor Lounge
Come to UC4 for a movie night intended to promote conversation around the healthy and unhealthy ways that LGBT relationships are portrayed in the media.
How Title IX Impacts You
April 12 | 9-10:30 a.m. | UC 414
Faculty and staff are invited to attend this session for an opportunity to learn and ask questions about Title IX, understand recent changes in the law and the impact it may have on you in your role at USF, and view campus climate results that have Title IX implications. This session, held during Sexual Assault Awareness Month, will be facilitated by Dr. Mary Wardell-Ghirarduzzi, Vice Provost of Diversity, Engagement and Community Outreach, and Jess Varga, Title IX Coordinator.
Bridging Sexual Violence Awareness and Disability Justice Advocacy: A Discussion with Mia Mingus
Monday, April 15 | 1:30–3 p.m. | McLaren 250
Explore the intersections of sexual violence awareness and disability justice advocacy with Mia Mingus, a queer physically disabled Korean transracial and transnational writer, educator, and community organizer.
Yoga as Healing
Tuesday, April 16 | 11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m. | UC 503
Yoga as Healing is a class that offers survivors a safe space to gain greater awareness around strength, stability, assertiveness, and mindfulness. Join us for this yoga program to find deep connection, build community, and continue on your journey to heal.
Tuesday–Wednesday, April 16–17 | 2–4 p.m. | Gender & Sexuality Center, UC 413
Prepare for Denim Day by decorating your denim with messages of support and solidarity for survivors of sexual violence. We will provide the art supplies, space, and community.
Wednesday, April 24 | 11 a.m.–2 p.m. | UC 1
Wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault. Wear jeans on Wednesday, April 24 and post a picture to social media to support #WeAreSAAM.
Thursday, April 25 | 4:30–6 p.m. | McLaren 250
Hear how Catholic Social Thought and feminist theology offer important perspectives on the #MeToo and #ChurchToo movements to address sexual violence and social justice. RSVP »
All Month | Koret, Gleeson Library, Residence Halls
The Clothesline Project provides an opportunity for sexual violence survivors and supporters of survivors—of all gender expressions and identities—to write a statement on a shirt that connects to their own experiences of and witness to sexual violence. Find the Clothesline Project throughout the month of April in Koret, Gleeson Library, and in all residence halls.