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Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Every April is nationally designated as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Because sexual assault affects everyone—survivors, family, friends, loved ones—we all have a unique role in challenging sexual assault. This month, take action—attend a rally, workshop, or training—and let’s talk about how we can support survivors and help end rape.

According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, “the goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence.” The University of Illinois and the community at large annually plan a host of events to support survivors and encourage bystanders to intervene in what still remains a local, national, and international social problem.

Check out the 2014 Sexual Assault Awareness Month schedule below!

March 31

Red Flag Campaign Kickoff | UI Main Quad and Engineering Quad | all day

Illini Art Therapy Association workshop | Women’s Resources Center | 7:00 PM

April 1  

Food for Thought - Lean on Me: Advocacy and Awareness for Sexual Assault Awareness Month | Asian American Cultural Center | 12:00 PM

Coffee and Cookies with Zerlina Maxwell| Women’s Resources Center | 2:00 PM

Meet Zerlina Maxwell at BNAACC | Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center | 4:00 PM

Zerlina Maxwell Keynote Lecture | Gregory Hall Room 100 | 7:00 PM

April 2  

MisconSEXptions in the Media workshop | Women’s Resources Center | 5:30 PM

ManTalks | Women’s Resources Center | 7:00 PM

April 3  

End Victim Blaming Day postcard art-making | Illini Union South Entrance | all day

Take Back the Quad to End Street Harassment | UI Main Quad | 5:00 PM

Women on the Move: Yoga for Healing (women only) | Women’s Resources Center | 5:30 PM

April 4  

Paint the Town Teal | everywhere | all day

I-Stand | One Main Plaza in Downtown Champaign | 12:00 PM

April 7  

Illini Art Therapy Association workshop | Women’s Resources Center | 7:00 PM

April 8  

Illini Art Therapy Association survivor-centered workshop | Women’s Resources Center | 6:00 PM

Central Black Student Union Social Issues Theatre: Violence | Armory Free Theatre | 8:00 PM

April 10

R.A.C.E.S. Traveling Sexual Abuse Awareness Exhibit | UI Main Quad | 11:00 AM

Women on the Move: Yoga for Healing (women only) | Women’s Resources Center | 5:30 PM

Healing Works Opening Reception | Women’s Resources Center | 7:00 PM

April 11

Walk a Mile | UI Main Quad | 5:00 PM

Za’s Fundraiser for R.A.C.E.S. | Za’s on Neil / Za’s on Springfield | all day

April 14

Dating 101 workshop | Native American House | 12:00 PM

Project Unbreakable in Community Health 199B: CARE class | Lincoln Hall Room 1000 | 3:00 PM

April 15

Lunch with Project Unbreakable | Women’s Resources Center | 12:00 PM

Project Unbreakable Keynote Lecture | Gregory Hall 112 | 7:00 PM

Tuesday @ 7 Workshop - Do Whatcha Wanna Do: Exploring Sexuality and Gender | Illini Union Room 105 | 7:00 PM

April 16

“Ride the Wave to Good Health” McKinley Special Populations Health Fair | Illini Union | 10:00 AM

Supporter 101 workshop | Women’s Resources Center | 5:30 PM

ManTalks featuring My Masculinity Helps film screening | Women’s Resources Center | 7:00 PM

April 17

SlutWalk | UI Main Quad | 5:30 PM

Women on the Move: Yoga for Healing (women only) | Women’s Resources Center | 5:30 PM

Sex & Gender Film Series: The Price of Sex | Women’s Resources Center | 7:00 PM

April 21

Sexual Health Peers’ Campaign for Consent | UI Main Quad | 10:00 AM

Monical’s Fundraiser for R.A.C.E.S. | all Champaign-Urbana Monical’s locations | all day

April 22

Tuesday @ 7 Workshop - Deconstructing Masculinity: Doing the MANual Labor | Illini Union Room 105 | 7:00 PM

April 23

Denim Day | UI Main Quad | all day

Writ ‘n Rhymed Poetic Arts Space | Women’s Resources Center | 7:00 PM

April 24

Sex Out Loud Fair | Illini Union Room A | 9:00 AM

ROTC SHARP Training featuring Catharsis Productions’ The Hook-Up| Location TBA| 4:00 PM

Women on the Move: Yoga for Healing (women only) | Women’s Resources Center | 5:30 PM

Take Back the Night | UI Main Quad —> Urbana Courthouse | 6:30 PM (march at 7:00 PM with speakout to follow)

April 25

Break the Silence: In the Wake of UIUC Femicide film screening | Women’s Resources Center | 6:00 PM

April 28

Dish It Up - FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture + Building a Movement to End Violence Against Women | Women’s Resources Center | 12:00 PM

FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture consent workshop | Parkland College Atrium | 6:00 PM

Hot Topics - Dangerous Intersections: Critical Race Perspectives on Men of Color and the Fight Against Sexual Violence  | Women’s Resources Center | 7:00 PM

April 29

Speak Out: Women of Color and Sexual Assault workshop | Women’s Resources Center | 5:30 PM

April 30

Saying No More to Violence: Latino/a Student Activist Panel | La Casa Cultural Latina| 5:30 PM

ManTalks | Women’s Resources Center | 7:00 PM