Sexual Assault Awareness Month
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), which is an annual campaign to raise public awareness about sexual assault and to help educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence.
Sexual harassment, assault, and abuse can happen anywhere, including in online spaces. At Weber State, we want everyone to feel respected and safe. Below you will find information about WSU Campus & Community Events, training, and resources to help spread awareness, educate, and support survivors.
April 1 - 29
→Sexual Violence 101
- 4/1: Sexual Violence/Sexual Assault Awareness overview
- 4/4: What is sexual violence?
- 4/11: Consent and Hearing No
- 4/18: Supporting Survivors
- 4/25: Where to Go for Help
Take a moment to think about your relationships with others, are they healthy or unhealthy? If your relationship is healthy, you may notice some green flags. Green flags are signals from a partner or friend that they are willing to communicate clearly and with kindness. They’re indicators that you’re in a relationship that’s worth continuing and nurturing. This might look like respecting boundaries, supporting autonomy, and encouragement of growth. If your relationship is unhealthy, you may notice some red flags. Red flags are signals from a partner or friend that they lack respect, integrity, or interest in the relationship. This might look like a lack of boundaries, controlling behavior, and gaslighting. This doesn't mean that every relationship is perfect, we're human after all! We all have our moments, red- flag thinking turns into red-flag actions. That is what we don't want. Look for lawn signs around campus and keep an eye on our social media to see some ways we can turn red-flag thinking, and how we can reframe it into green-flag actions!
Take Back The Night
Friday, April 1 | 6 - 9 p.m. | The Monarch
Come support survivors of sexual and interpersonal violence at Take Back the Night, starting at 6:00pm on Friday, April 1st. This year we have jo blake; faculty in the Department of Performing Arts at Weber State University and the director of joBdance., a conceptual site-specific multidisciplinary dance company as our keynote speaker. We will then march through downtown Ogden and will conclude with a survivor speak-out and vigil to honor victims and survivors, where members of the community will be invited to share their experiences and messages of support.
Start By Believing Day
Wednesday, April 6
Start by Believing Day provides an opportunity for communities across the country, and around the world, to unify with a single voice for those who have been the victims of sexual violence: We hear you, and we are here to help. On this day, we gather to end the silence and change the way we respond to sexual assault. We Start by Believing. Please join us in this global message of support for survivors. We challenge you to post yourself with the “Start By Believing” graphic with the hashtags #startbybelieving #wsuwc #SAAM21 to your social media. For more information, ways to get involved, and to take the start by believing pledge, please visit startbybelieving.org.
According to recent reports by the Utah Department of Health, nearly 10% of Utahns experience sexual violence during their lifetime. Rape is the only violent crime in Utah that is higher than the national average. We know that societal norms that support sexual violence (such as strict adherence to traditional gender roles/norms, a culture of silence, etc.), but we also know that there is much that can be done to prevent violence: gender equity, community support, holding perpetrators accountable, and having open, honest conversations about relationships and sexual health, and believing victims/survivors. Survivors of sexual and interpersonal violence can face disbelief, victim-blaming, and criticism when/if they come forward about their experiences. On the other hand, we are also all capable of displaying compassion, affirmation, and assistance to the survivors in our lives. We know domestic and interpersonal violence have risen over the course of the pandemic -- we as educators, friends, and family can show survivors that we care, that we believe, and that everyone should feel Safe@Weber whether that’s on campus, in virtual spaces, or in their homes.
For Start By Believing Day, the Women’s Center would love to show survivors the faces of people who believe and support them. To that end, we're asking that your office/department post photos of yourselves holding a paper that says, "I believe you" on your social media. The Start By Believing Day website also has a pledge card (PDF) that you can print out, sign, and take a picture with if you’d prefer. The photos you share will be shared on the Women’s Center social media as well. Follow along at the Women’s Center Instagram and Facebook accounts. To make sure that your posts can be easily shared, please make sure your posts are public and use the hashtags #StartByBelieving and #SafeatWeber. You can also tag us @WeberStateWomensCenter.
The Bystander Moment: Transforming Rape Culture at its Roots
Monday, April 11 | Noon - 1:30 p.m. | Women's Center, Shepherd Union Room 323
Film Screening & Lunch
In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, join us for a screening of The Bystander Moment: Transforming Rape Culture at its Roots and a free lunch at the Women's Center! According to the film's description: "The #MeToo movement has shined much-needed light on the pervasiveness of sexual harassment and abuse and created unprecedented demand for gender violence prevention models that actually work. The Bystander Moment tells the story of one of the most prominent and proven of these models - the innovative bystander approach developed by pioneering scholar and activist Jackson Katz and his colleagues at Northeastern University's Center for the Study of Sport in Society in the 1990s" (Kanopy, 2022). This film is also available to watch on Kanopy.com with your Weber State credentials! If you prefer to watch the film with us in the Women's Center and have some lunch, just show up!
Women's Center Scholarship Recipient Banquet
Friday, April 22 | 5:30 - 8 p.m. | Shepherd Union 404 (Skyroom)
The Women’s Center invites faculty and staff to join us as we celebrate Women’s Center Scholarship Recipients and 2022 Graduates! We will host light refreshments and will promptly begin the ceremony at 6 p.m. After the ceremony, you are invited to remain for networking and socializing with the honorees, their families and mentors. This event is invite only.
Wednesday, April 27
In recognition of an Italian Supreme Court case held in 1998, where the Italian Supreme Court overturned a rape conviction claiming that because the victim was wearing very tight jeans, she must have helped remove them, and by removing the jeans it was not rape but consensual sex. Outraged, women in the Italian Parliament wore jeans in solidarity. This news made it to California and Denim Day has been held annually ever since! Denim is worn by folks on this day to show support for survivors of sexual violence. Please join us in this global message of support for survivors. We challenge you to post yourself in your denim with the hashtags #denimday #wsuwc #SAAM22 to your social media. For more information and ways to get involved please visit: denimdayinfo.org
→Safe@Weber Training for Students
Learn how to prevent violence in our campus community! The Safe@Weber online training provides education on preventing all forms of violence, oppression and harassment as well as where to go for resources. This training can be found by searching for Safe@Weber in the eWeber portal. If you’d like a Safe@Weber training on consent, healthy relationships, bystander intervention and more for your student organization, check out the Safe@Weber Training & Resources website!
→Safe@Weber Training for Faculty and Staff
Check out the Safe@Weber Training & Resources website for training options available for your department or organization, as well as online training for employees.
Your Community Connection (YCC)
YCC Family Crisis Center aims to “save and change lives” by working to prevent and alleviate domestic violence, sexual assault, and homelessness by providing safety, services, and resources. The Family Crisis Center offers a wide array of services to assist victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Their agency’s goal is to provide empowerment-based advocacy to survivors as they work their way toward a self-sufficient life free from violence. Please visit their website for a list of events they have planned for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
Safe At Harbor
Safe Harbor is a nonprofit organization that provides shelter, supportive services, and advocacy to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. They also provide education, awareness, and resources to our community. Please visit their website for a list of events they have planned for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
9th Annual National Pacific Island Violence Prevention Conference
The Annual National Pacific Islander Violence Prevention Conference is an annual gathering that brings Pacific Islander community members, advocates, and service providers together for education and networking opportunities related to violence prevention. Since 2014, Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center (PCRC) has embraced the challenge of creating safe spaces for people to break the silence on issues of violence in their lives. In 2017 PIK2AR partnered with PCRC alternating the Conference between San Mateo, CA and Utah. Since 2019 the Conference moved to Salt Lake City, Utah.
Join us for 3 Days of Education specific to our Pacific Communities. Open to all service providers and practitioners who serve Pacific Islanders, and other minoritized, communities to expand and enhance their cultural understanding, strengthen existing skills, and gain new tools to serve these communities better. CEU's available. Lunch and snacks are provided for all registered in-person attendees.
Utah Domestic Violence Coalition: 34th Annual Utah Crime Victims Conference
Save the date for the 34th Annual Crime Victims’ Conference! Registration is open and the conference is fast approaching! The theme for this year is “Raising the Bar: Exploring New Approaches to Justice and Healing” The conference will be held in hybrid format with both in-person and streaming access. Many exciting and informative presenters will be joining us to uplift, inspire, motivate, and educate us on better serving victims of crime. Space is limited, so don’t delay registering and/or reserving your hotel at the beautiful Zermatt Resort in Midway Utah April 28-29, 2022. We look forward to seeing you there!
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