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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.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2017
Events Calendar

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Week of April 3 | Week of April 10 | Week of April 17 | Week of April 24

Throughout the Month

Project Candle: An Exhibition of Photography from Bridget Hayes
Women's Resources Center | 703 S. Wright St., 2nd Fl., Champaign

As part of Boneyard Arts Festival, the Women's Resources Center is sponsoring an exhibition of photographs by Bridget Hayes. Project Candle is a collection of photographs from University of Illinois undergraduate student Bridget Hayes. These anonymous stories of sexual violence survivors and their supporters give a voice to those so often voiceless. The candle symbolizes shedding light on this issue, the strength of survivors, and hope that burns not only within ourselves that we can survive the unimaginable, but in our community that there will someday be a future where sexual violence is eliminated.

Saturday, April 1

Come Out with a Bang Benefit Concert
7:00–11:30 pm | Chester Street Bar

Monday, April 3

Sexual Assault Awareness Month Kickoff

It’s On Us Pledge Drive Tabling
11:00 am–2:00 pm | Main Quad

Quench: Therapeutic Writing and the Healing that Can Come With Self-Expression
12:00–1:00 pm | Women’s Resources Center

Red Flag Campaign Kickoff
12:00–1:00 pm | Main Quad

ManTalks: Male and Masculine Identified Survivor Support Panel
5:00–6:30 pm | Women’s Resources Center

Queer Heartache: Kit Yan
7:00 pm | University YMCA

Journey to Healing: Moving through Trauma Using the Creative Arts
7:00–9:00 pm | Women’s Resources Center

Tuesday, April 4

Queer-It Week Quad Day
11:00 am–2:00 pm | Main Quad

T-shirt Making Workshop
4:00–6:00 pm | Women’s Resources Center

SASA Speaks
7:00 pm | Courtyard Cafe

It’s On Us Pledge Drive Tabling
7:00 pm | Undergraduate Library

The Code of Silence: Sexual Awareness in the Black Community
9:00 pm | PAR Room TBA

Wednesday, April 5

Red Flag Campaign
11:00 am | Parkland College

Quad Bake Sale
11:00 am–2:00 pm | Main Quad

Twitter Town Hall for It’s On Us
6:00 pm | Illini Union and IKE

It’s On Us Pledge Drive Tabling
7:00 pm | Undergraduate Library

Thursday, April 6

Queer-It Week Quad Day
11:00 am–2:00 pm | Main Quad

The Clothesline Project
12:00–6:00 pm | Alma Mater

canceled due to weather

Take Back the Night
6:30–9:50 pm | Lincoln Square Mall to Campus

Friday, April 7

Chat ’n Chew: #NODAPL: Sexual Assault and Native Women in North Dakota
12:00–1:00 pm | Native American House

Resources & Reporting Series: Campus Safety Notices
12:00–1:00 pm | Illini Union, Room 210
Lunch will be provided.

It’s On Us Pledge Drive Tabling
5:00 pm | Bromley Dining Hall

Queer Alumni Panel
6:00 pm | Illini Union, Room TBA

Monday, April 10

Dish It Up • Prevention Pays: A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Sexual Assault Prevention Education and Response
12:00–1:00 pm | Women’s Resources Center

Dancing Mindfulness: Women on the Move
5:30–6:30 pm | Women’s Resources Center

Tuesday, April 11

Project Candle Opening Reception
5–6:30 pm | Women's Resources Center

Wednesday, April 12

McKinley Health Center’s Special Populations Annual Health Fair
10:00 am–3:00 pm | Illini Union Rooms ABC

Lean on Me: Becoming an Active Bystander
12:00–1:00 pm | School of Social Work, Room 2015

Thursday, April 13

Resources & Reporting Series: Sexual Misconduct Investigations on Campus
12:00–1:00 pm | Illini Union, Room TBD
Lunch will be provided.

Artivism: Radical Arts Fair
5:00–7:00 pm | SDRP Commons and Caffeinator

It Happens Here
7:00 pm | SDRP 2025

Friday, April 14

The Consent Workshop: Sexual Health Series
2:00–3:00 pm | Women’s Resources Center

Monday, April 17

Stories for Survivors
Time TBA | Parkland College, College Center

ManTalks: Supporting Queer and Non-Binary Survivors Workshop
5:00–6:30 pm | Women’s Resources Center

Journey to Healing: Moving through Trauma Using the Creative Arts Part 2
7:00–9:00 pm | Women’s Resources Center

Tuesday, April 18

Surviving the Mic: Sexual Assault Awareness Month Keynote Poet Showcase and Panel Discussion
7:00–9:00 pm | SDRP, Room 2025

Navigating Skills for Supporting Survivors: Life After Trauma
7 pm | Illini Union, Room 406

Wednesday, April 19

Surviving the Mic: Arts and Activism Workshop for Student Leaders
5:00–6:00 pm | Illinois Street Residence Hall, Townsend Lounge 107B

Break the Silence: Scenes of Survival, Support, and Speaking Out
6:00–7:30 pm | InterConnect @ the Asian American Cultural Center

Writ ’n Rhymed Poetic Arts Space featuring Surviving the Mic
7:00–9:00 pm | Women’s Resources Center

Thursday, April 20

Break the Silence: Scenes of Survival, Support, and Speaking Out
7:00 pm | Daniels Hall

Friday, April 21

Quad Chalking with Advocates for Choice
9:00 am | Main Quad

Resources & Reporting Series: Getting a Protective Order
12:00–1:00 pm | Illini Union, Room 209
Lunch will be provided.

C-UPHD Presents: The Role of Comprehensive Sex Education in Sexual Assault Prevention
4:00–5:00 pm | Women’s Resources Center

Slut Walk
5:00–7:00 pm | Main Quad

Monday, April 24

Dish It Up • “When You Remember You”: Writing and Healing from Sexual Violence Through the Use of Poetic Structure
12:00–1:00 pm | Women’s Resources Center

Dancing Mindfulness: Women on the Move
5:30–6:30 pm | Women’s Resources Center

Thursday, April 27

Break the Silence: Scenes of Survival, Support, and Speaking Out
7:00 pm | Sherman Hall

Friday, April 28

Resources & Reporting Series: Confidential Resources
12:00–1:00 pm | Illini Union, Room 209
Lunch will be provided.

Queer Sexualities in Focus: Sexual Health Series
2:00–3:00 pm | Women’s Resources Center

Stride for Survivors: A Walk to End Sexual Violence
4:00–5:30 pm | Noyes 100 and the Main Quad

Saturday, April 29

Arts & Activism: A Fundraiser for RACES
Time and Location TBA

Sponsors and Co-sponsors

Sexual Assault Awareness Month is organized by Parkland College, Rape Advocacy Counseling & Education Services, and the University of Illinois Women's Resources Center, with support from the following units at Illinois: Advocates for Choice UIUC, Amnesty International, Asian American Cultural Center, Black Greek Council, Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center, Counseling Center, Counseling Center Paraprofessionals, Campus Union for Trans Equality and Support, Diversity & Social Justice Education, Division of Intercollegiate Athletics, Division of Public Safety, First Year Campus Acquaintance Rape Education Program, Fraternity & Sorority Affairs, Illinois Public Affairs, Illinois Student Senate, Inner Voices Social Issues Theatre, Interfraternity Council, La Casa Cultural Latina. LGBT Resource Center, ManTalks, McKinley Health Center, mECHA de UIUC, Native American House, Office of Student Conflict Resolution, Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations, Panhellenic Council, Students Against Sexual Assault, School of Social Work, United Greek Council, University Housing, University YWCA, and Women of Pride. It is paid for in part by the Student Cultural Programming Fee. Other community partners include Courage Connection, Planned Parenthood, and Smile Politely.