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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.

March 31

  • Lean On Me: Becoming an Active Bystander @ 12:00-1:00pm | Asian American Cultural Center

  • #sendanlat: A Dialogue on Sexual Assault as a Global Issue @ 7:00pm | University YMCA

April 1

  • Red Flag Campaign Kickoff @ 12:00-1:00pm | Main / South / Engineering Quads

  • ManTalks @ 7:00-8:30pm | Women’s Resources Center

April 2

  • Being an Effective Support System for a Survivor @ 7:00pm | Women’s Resources Center

April 3

ALL DAY--International Day Against Victim-Blaming

  • Slut Walk @ 5:30pm | Anniversary Plaza

April 6

  • It’s On Us Pledge Drive @ 11:00am-2:00pm | Anniversary Plaza + Illini Union

  • Film Screening: Finding Dawn @ 7:00pm | 103 Mumford Hall

April 7

  • It’s On Us Chalking Event @ 6:00-7:00pm | Main Quad

  • It Happens Here UIUC @ 7:00-9:00pm | SDRP 2025

April 8

  • Healing Works Art Exhibition Opening @ 7:00-8:00pm | Women’s Resources Center

  • Writ n’ Rhymed: Speaking Against Violence/Speaking to Healing @ 8:00-9:00pm | Women’s Resources Center

April 9

  • It’s On Us Pledge Drive @ 11:00am-2:00pm | Anniversary Plaza + Illini Union

  • Yoga for Healing (Women only please!) @ 5:30-6:30pm | Women’s Resources Center

  • Sex + Gender Film Series: The Hunting Ground @ 7:00-9:00pm | 2025 SDRP (Student Dining & Residential Programs Building, 301 E. Gregory Drive, Champaign)

April 10

ALL DAY--Wear Your It’s On Us T-Shirt Day

April 13

  • Hot Topics Dialogues | #GamerGate: Sexism, Racism, and Gamer Culture @ 7:00-9:00pm | Women’s Resources Center

April 15

  • Special Populations Health Fair: Be the Hero of Your Health @ 10:00am-3:00pm | Illini Union A B C

  • Supporting Male Survivors of Sexual Violence: Facilitated by Blake Bullock, CCP @ 7:00-8:30pm | Women’s Resources Center

April 17

ALL DAY--Stop Telling Women to Smile Day

ALL DAY--Day of Silence

  • Self-Defense Workshop @ 2:00-3:00pm | Women’s Resources Center

  • Walk a Mile @  4:45-6:30pm | Main Quad

April 20

  • Illini Art Therapy Association Workshop: The Lotus Flower @ 7:00-9:00pm | Women’s Resources Center

April 21

  • Sexual Health Peers’ Consent to Prevent Campaign @ 11:00am-2:00pm | Main Quad

  • Chalk the Quad with Advocates for Choice @ 12:00NOON | Main Quad

April 22

  • Sex Out Loud Fair @ 12:00NOON-3:00pm | Illini Union A B

April 23

  • Relearning Gender Socialization: A Lecture by Imran Siddiquee @ 3:00-4:00pm | 333 Armory

  • Sex + Gender Film Series: The Mask You Live In @ 7:00-9:00pm | Allen Hall Main Lounge

April 24

  • Sexuality After Sexual Violence Workshop @ 2:00-3:00pm | Women’s Resources Center

April 27

  • Dish It Up | The Mask You Live In: Men, Masculinity, and the Movement to End Violence Against Women @ 12:00NOON-1:00pm | Women’s Resources Center

April 29

ALL DAY--Denim Day

April 30

ALL DAY--Paint the Town Teal

  • ROTC Sexual Assault & Harassment Prevention: Beat the Blame Game by Catharsis Productions @ 4:00-5:30pm | 141 Wohlers Hall

  • Take Back the Night @ 6:30pm | Lincoln Square Mall (201 Lincoln Square, Urbana, IL) -> UI Campus

Amnesty International Sexual Assault Awareness Week: March 30-April 3

It’s On Us Week: April 6-10

Healing Works Art Exhibition: April 1-30

Anti-Street Harassment Week: April 12-18

QueerIt Week: April 12-18

Sponsored by the Women’s Resources Center with Advocates for Choice UIUC, Air Force ROTC, Amnesty International, Army ROTC, Asian American Cultural Center, Black Greek Council, Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center, Campus Acquaintance Rape Education, Counseling Center, Counseling Center Paraprofessionals, Campus Union for Trans* Equality and Support, Department of Psychology, Diversity & Social Justice Education, Division of Intercollegiate Athletics, Division of Public Safety, Fraternity & Sorority Affairs, Golden Z Club, HDFS Ambassadors, Illini Art Therapy Association, Illinois Student Senate, Interfraternity Council, La Casa Cultural Latina, LGBT Resource Center, McKinley Health Center, Native American House, Navy ROTC, Office for Student Conflict Resolution, Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations, Office of the Dean of Students, Panhellenic Council, Rape Advocacy Counseling & Education Services, School of Social Work, Sexual Health Peers, Theta Chi, UIUC NOW, United Greek Council, University Housing, and V-Day at UIUC.