Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

This year's Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Take Back the Night is hosted by REPS focused on four main themes:





Schedule of Events: 

Week of April 8th -  UNITE / RESILIENCE 

  • Restorative Justice for Sexual Harm Why I Fought for a Circle, Not a Courtroom with Marlee Liss| Tuesday, April 9 |  12:00 p.m. -  1:00 p.m. |  Virtual  Register here

    Hosted by REPS (Resources, Education, Prevention and Support), Office of Public Safety, School of Law, and School of Education. Join us to hear from the incredible advocate Marlee Liss. 

    In 2019, Marlee's sexual assault case became the first in North America to conclude with restorative justice through the courts. She fought for the man who raped her to go to therapy instead of criminal trial and eventually, they met in an 8-hour restorative circle. In this program, Marlee takes a vulnerable and educational approach to talking about this alternative to the punitive system. The focus throughout the program is to create a vision of justice that is synonymous with healing. In an environment rooted in hope and empowerment, listeners learn about this justice pathway that breaks cycles of harm and ignites cycles of healing.

  • REPS Advocate Training  Wednesday, April 10th |  2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. |  Register for the zoom here

    Recognize Sexual Assault Awareness Month and become a REPS Advocate this spring! Faculty/Staff can become a REPS Advocate by attending one of our 90-minute sessions this academic year with our Deputy Title IX Coordinator to receive additional training as mandatory reporters on responding to disclosures of sexual misconduct, intervention techniques, and creating a climate of respect at USF. 

  • REPS Advisory Board Open Meeting  Thursday, April 11th |  11:45pm - 12:45 p.m. |  Lone Mountain Heritage Room 147 | Register here 

    The REPS Advisory Board welcomes members of the community in an open meeting featuring Vice President, Julie Orio. Join key stakeholders across campus as we reflect on the year, discuss future goals, and provide feedback on building lasting change at USF. Please submit any questions to

  • Rethinking Drinking: Happy Hour Edition hosted by HPS | Thursday, April 11th | 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.  | Lo Schiavo & Getty Study |  More Information Here

    Join Health Promotion Services and Off-Campus Living as we rethink drinking culture and provide tools and tips for living your best life off campus. Meet with USF departments, get tips for finding an off-campus apartment, learn about responsible drinking, receive Narcan and fentanyl education, and get informed about resources available to support students.

    Stop by to enjoy a non-alcoholic curated drink from Ocean Beach Cafe, bar food, pizza, dessert, fun games, prizes, and resources. We look forward to seeing you there!
  • Empowerment Self Defense 101 hosted with Student-Athlete Advisory Council and Tri Delta Thursday, April 11th |  6-7 p.m. |  McClaren 251  |  Register here

    50 spots are available for a self-defense workshop, you will learn about situational awareness, space management,  basic concepts, and leverages in a safe and controlled environment. This class is open to undergraduate and graduate students of all gender identities. This session is taught by Maggie Mai. Maggie Mai is a San Francisco native, and a martial arts and self-defense instructor with over 16  years of experience. She holds a black belt in Hapkido, a purple belt in Brazilian Jiujitsu, and has competed in numerous martial arts competitions. She is trained in Women Empowered, a Gracie Brazilain jiu-jitsu self-defense program tailored towards women.

Week of April 15th - ENVISION

This week are joined by Active* Consent , a non-profit research-based program based at our home university in the west of Ireland, that offers consent education programming without cost to higher education, post-primary schools, and sports groups throughout the country. They are bringing their interdisciplinary team to a small number of universities in the US to provide examples of their programming. They will be tabling, offering consent and sexual health workshops, and bringing their drama to our community. 

Active* Consent will be tabling on campus throughout the week - swing by for free swag, disclosure tips, and consent conversations with our Active* Consent team. We would love to share what we have learned from a decade of research, activism, and culture change.  Join our conversation on relationship Green Flags – we believe that healthy relationships are built by reading positive signs and asking when we are unsure.


  • Explore Consent with Us: An Inclusive Workshop for All Curious Minds Hosted by Active* Consent  Tuesday, April 16 th|  11:45 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. | UC 504 | Register  here

    Get ready for an empowering experience at the upcoming Active* Consent workshop. This is a dynamic session where we'll pair positivity with the crucial topic of consent. Hear from our experienced facilitators who have traveled from Ireland to meet you, and share your knowledge and views on consent, together we will explore consent using fun methods and enthusiasm.

    Here's what you can expect:

    • Fun and Informative Atmosphere: We make learning enjoyable! Expect engaging discussions that will leave you feeling informed and empowered.

    • Safe Space: Your comfort and safety are our top priorities. You won’t be asked to share any personal experiences, we support group discussion using consent dilemmas and scenarios.

  • Lights, Camera, Consent: Illuminating Boundaries and Respect Through Theater! Theater Workshop Hosted by Active* Consent Wednesday, April 17th |  6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. |   Lone Mountain 100  Handlery Room | Register here

    Join the REPS and Active* Consent in a theater workshop. By utilizing theater as an educational tool, educators and students can create learning experiences, not only informing peers about consent but also empowering them to advocate for healthy relationships and respectful behavior in their own lives.  

    Join a facilitated workshop with members of our theatre ensemble to learn about the 10 years of Active* Consent drama productions, see examples of our work, and contribute your voice to deciding how theatre groups can create original performances that embody the wit and wisdom of their generation. 

    Get ready for an experience of self-reflection, empathy, and critical thinking that will make you want to get active on consent.

  • The Birds & The Bees: Let's Have a Talk with HiveMinders and University Ministry |  Thursday, April 18th | 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. | Community Garden | Register here

    Join REPS, The HiveMinders, and the University Ministry in the Community Garden for a beeswax lip balm-making workshop and conversation about reproductive health, sexual wellness, and religious or spiritual faith.

  • REPS Advocate Training  Thursday, April 18th|  4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. |  Register for the zoom here

    Recognize Sexual Assault Awareness Month and become a REPS Advocate this spring! Faculty/Staff can become a REPS Advocate by attending one of our 90-minute sessions this academic year with our Deputy Title IX Coordinator to receive additional training as mandatory reporters on responding to disclosures of sexual misconduct, intervention techniques, and creating a climate of respect at USF. 

Week of April 22nd- COMPASSION

  • Rest & Restore Yoga as Healing  Monday, April 22 |  5:00 - 6:00 p.m. |  Fromm Hall Lounge |  Register here 

    "We must stand and lay firmly in the space of creating a life filled with rest and radical care," Trica Hersey, Rest is Resistance, A Manifesto

    Seven spots are available. Led by Andrea Rocha. We invite you to join our 75 min rest and restore afternoon session on Monday, as a way to prioritize your healing and care. Restorative yoga session with all props provided. No prior yoga experience is necessary- comfy & warm clothes are encouraged. 

  • Denim Day Hosted with USF Fashion Club and Peace Over Violence  Wednesday, April 24th |  All Day  |  Tabling Fair on Gleeson Plaza from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

    This year marks 25 years of Denim Day. Wear jeans with a purpose and join the USF campus community in standing up to sexual violence, on National Denim Day. Denim Day was started by Peace Over Violence in California as a movement in resistance to a 1990 Italian court case of an 18-year-old woman's sexual assault.  To participate please post a photo with your denim on Instagram and tag @usfcaREPS with the caption "I wear denim because..." or even get a group and start a conversation on your community values, and share "We wear denim because..." 
  • Dating & Donuts with ASUSF  Wednesday, April 24th |  6 -7:00 p.m.  |  Undercaf

    Come grab a donut and participate in an interactive activity about red and green flags in relationships with the ASUSF Senate and Title IX REPS. Whether you are thinking about platonic, romantic, familial, or professional relationships, understanding boundaries and good communication is important. The goal is to nurture loving and fulfilling relationships that are built on a mutual understanding of respect and trust. So if donuts are not what you’re looking for, come by and make a bracelet for the relationships you are especially fond of!
  • SPEAK OUT | Thursday, April 25th | 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Gleeson Plaza | Submit an anonymous story here

    Culminate Sexual Assault Awareness Month with our Take Back the Night Speak Out. Join REPS and our co-sponsors to hear survivor stories or share your own, and stand in solidarity with one another to prevent sexual assault on campus.

  • Decompression Space hosted by CAPS | Thursday, April 25th | 12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m. | CAPS

    Join our decompression space together after the Speak Out or instead of Speak Out to enjoy snacks and tea with CAPS counselors.