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Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2021

This April, we’re highlighting Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) digitally. A readable PDF version of the following calendar can be accessed here, and plain text is available at the end of this page.

During SAAM and all year round, the WRC is committed to providing programing and confidential advising for members of our campus community. Even as we have to be socially distant, we are still here for you. To make an appointment with a confidential advisor, please email womenscenter@illinois.edu or call 217-333-3137. For confidential support outside of our hours (9am-5pm, Monday-Friday), please contact RACES’ 24/hour hotline at 217-384-4444.

 

Breaking Boundaries on Bystander Intervention 

Event Description: A conversation about bystander intervention strategies related to sexual violence, discrimination, & other forms of harm. 

When: Monday, April 5th, 12-1pm | Register: https://go.illinois.edu/DIU45  

Presented by: Teryl Brewster & Jaya Kolisetty 

Hosted by: The Women’s Resources Center, Diversity & Social Justice Education, the Panhellenic Council, & Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Incorporada  

 

Keynote with Rebecca Nagle 

Event Description: Rebecca Nagle (Cherokee) is a two spirit community organizer and writer. As a Co-founder of FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture and the Monument Quilt, Nagle has used art and culture jamming to advocate for a culture that is more supportive of survivors.

When: Monday, April 5th, 6-7pm | Register: http://bit.ly/3rogwe5  

Hosted by: Native American House, American Indian Studies, & Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Incorporada, & the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion 

 

Bridges: Strengthening Communities to Address Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence 

Event Description: The Asian Pacific Institute on Gender Based Violence has created a “bridge” or network for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) advocates who work with sexual and domestic violence. Join Shirley Luo for a conversation about the Bridges program and centering AAPI folx in prevention and response work. 

When: Tuesday, April 6th, 12-1pm | Register: https://bit.ly/2YjiYGo  

Presented by: Shirley Luo, Resource Center Coordinator, Asian Pacific Institute on Gender Based Violence 

Hosted by: The Asian American Cultural Center, the Women’s Resources Center, alpha Kappa Delta Phi, & Chi Sigma Tau 

 

Film Showing - The Dilemma of Desire 

When: Wednesday, April 7th, 6-8:30pm | Register: http://bit.ly/3f4bi4w    

Event Description: This award-winning film explores the impact of gendered politics on narrative about female sexuality and desire and was produced by a diverse team. 

Hosted by: Women & Gender in Global Perspectives, the Women’s Resources Center, McKinley Health Center, Sexual Healthy Peers, Women of Pride, & Rape Advocacy, Counseling, & Education Services (RACES) 

 

Not Your Average Locker Room Talk: 

When: Thursday, April 8th, 12-1pm | Register: http://go.illinois.edu/lacasalunchonus 

Event Description:  This panel brings together men of color to discuss the numerous ways they have taken action to address sexual violence as students, faculty/staff, and alumni.  

Presented by: Alejandro Lopez-Reyes, Theo Moton, Amari Simpson, David Martinez, & Alfredo Zavala.  Moderated by: Kevin Garcia 

Hosted by: La Casa Cultural Latina, the Women’s Resources Center, & Sigma Lambda Beta 

 

Helping Navigate on Nevada: Expanding Services for Student Success 

Event Description: The Women’s Resources Center (WRC) has worked in partnership with other units within the Office of Inclusion & Intercultural Relations to create an innovative model for confidential advising services for survivors of sexual misconduct. This session will discuss how and why La Casa Cultural Latina and the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center host embedded confidential advisor from the WRC and the activism that made this program possible. 

When: Monday, April 12th, 12-1pm | Register: http://bit.ly/3f71TJB  

Presented by: Mariana Ortega, Jazmyne Kellogg, Akua Forku-Sekyere, & Madeline Farrell 

Hosted by: The Women’s Resources Center 

 

Partner Sexual Assault & Violence, and U.S. Dating Norms  

When: Friday, April 16th, 7-8am | Register: http://bit.ly/3992GFR 

Event Description: This collaboration between the Women’s Resources Center and International Education centers international students in conversations about partner violence and dating norms in the US and will be held at two times to increase access for individuals in varying time zones.  

Presented by: Saheli Sheth & Roli Sharma 

Hosted by: International Education, the Women’s Resources Center, & the Panhellenic Council 

 

Supporting Survivors of Military Sexual Trauma 

When: Monday, April 19th, 12-1pm | Register: https://go.illinois.edu/DIU419   

Event Description: This presentation will be held in collaboration with the Chez Center for Wounded Veterans to create a conversation about the unique needs of survivors of sexual violence who are members of the armed forces.  

Presented by: SFC Tiffiny Tinker, an esteemed educator and service member who brings her experiences as a woman of color in the military to her discussions around sexual violence in the military. 

Hosted by: The Chez Veterans Center & the Women’s Resources Center 

 

Centering Survivors of Color Across Campus  

When: Tuesday, April 20th, 12-1pm | Register: http://bit.ly/39aHjUR 

Event Description: This panel of staff of color will explore some of the strategies used by different campus units to collaborate, provide support, and decrease barriers for survivors of color on campus.  

Presented by: Talisha Brown, DeWayne Anderson, Lili Galvez, Jaya Kolisetty. 

Moderated by: Diamond Arrington 

Hosted by: The Counseling Center, the Women’s Resources Center, University Housing, Men of Impact, & the Panhellenic Council 

 

Film Showing - The Rape of Recy Taylor 

When: Tuesday, April 20th, 6-8:30pm | Register: http://bit.ly/3c9UpU5 

Event Description: This documentary explores the history of sexual violence against Black women in America and the inspiring resistance and activism of Black women that is so often erased. 

Hosted by: the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center, the Women’s Resources Center, & Rape Advocacy, Counseling, & Education Services (RACES) 

 

Activism and Resilience: Black Womxn's Impact on the Anti-Sexual Violence Movement 

When: Wednesday, April 21st, 12-1pm | Register: https://go.illinois.edu/FoodForTheSoul 

Event Description: From the early days of the rape crisis movement to #metoo, Black women’s work has often been ignored or erased. This session will center Black women’s role as change makers.  

Presented by: Akua Forku-Sekyere 

Hosted by: The Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center & the Women’s Resources Center 

 

Partner Sexual Assault & Violence, and U.S. Dating Norms  

When: Wednesday, April 21st, 5:30-6:30pm | Register: https://bit.ly/3rby9xn 

Event Description: This collaboration between the Women’s Resources Center and International Education centers international students in conversations about partner violence and dating norms in the US and will be held at two times to increase access for individuals in varying time zones. 

Presented by: Saheli Sheth & Roli Sharma 

Hosted by: International Education & the Women’s Resources Center 

 

SAAM 2021 is paid for in part by the Student Cultural Programming Fee and coordinated with support from: Women & Gender in Global Perspectives, the Illini Union, Rape Advocacy, Counseling & Education Services, Native American House, American Indian Studies, Asian American Cultural Center, Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center, Diversity & Social Justice Education, the Counseling Center, La Casa Cultural Latina, LGBT Resource Center, OIIR International Education, McKinley Health Center & the Sexual Health Peers, Chez Veteran's Center, University Housing, Women of Pride, the Panhellenic Council, alpha Kappa Delta Phi, Chi Sigma Tau, Sigma Lambda Beta, Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Incorporada, Men of Impact, Campus Recreation, & the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.