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.

2024 Upcoming Events

Start by Believing Day | April 3, 2024

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Pillar Plaza, Shepherd Union | WSU Ogden

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.

The Women’s Center would love to show survivors the faces of people who believe and support them.We challenge you to post yourself with the “Start By Believing” pledge card or a paper that says, "I believe you" on your social media with the hashtags #startbybelieving #wsuwc #SafeatWeber and #SAAM24.  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.

Take Back The Night | April 5, 2024

6 - 9 p.m. | The Monarch, 455 25th St, Ogden, UT 84401

Since the 1960’s, Take Back the Night has empowered and supported survivors/victims, helped those in pain, and asserted that it is unacceptable for people to live in fear for their safety.We invite you to join the movement to end and raise awareness of sexual and interpersonal violence and demonstrate support for survivors and victims on our campus and in our community.

Learn More About Take Back The Night

Done in a Day: Button Making for the YCC | April 11, 2024

1:30 pm. - 4:30 p.m. | Women's Center, Shepherd Union Room 323 | WSU Ogden

Join the Women's Center and the YCC in making buttons to help with outreach efforts for the YCC. Feel free to drop by anytime between 1:30 and 4:30pm. We hope to see you here!

Register to Volunteer at Done in a Day

Sister Circle: Self Care Affair & Grad Cap Decorating | April 16, 2024

2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Fireplace Lounge, Shepherd Union WSU Ogden

Join the Women's Center in making your own finals self-care kit! We will have a variety of items to choose from including bath and body care, affirmations, craft kits, study snacks, and more!

Learn More about Sister Circles

Safe@Weber Advocacy Program: Climb with Care: A Trauma-Informed Climbing Workshop | April 17, 2024

2 - 4:30 p.m. | Lower 9th Street Crag

The Women’s Center Safe@Weber Advocacy Program, the Outdoor Program, and OCRE have created a trauma-informed climbing workshop. The goal of this event is to create a safe space for survivors and allies alike to have a safe and trauma-informed way to learn the necessary skills to rock climb outside on a top rope. Top roping is the safest way to begin climbing, and is a necessary first step for any new climber. This workshop will teach participants how to top rope safely outdoors, while also empowering them to trust their own bodies, their voices and other participants.

Register for Climb with Care  Sign the Digital Waiver

Sister Circle: Self Care Affair & Grad Cap Decorating |Thursday, April 18th

6 p.m. - 8 p.m. | Stewart Wasatch Hall, Wildcat Village WSU Ogden

Join the Women's Center and Housing & Residence Life in making your own finals self-care kit! We will have a variety of items to choose from including bath and body care, affirmations, craft kits, study snacks, and more!

Learn More about Sister Circles

Denim Day | April 24, 2024

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.

 Training Opportunities

Safe@Weber Training for Students

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 page.

Safe@Weber Training for Faculty and Staff

Check out the Safe@Weber Training & Resources page for training options available for your department or organization, as well as online training for employees.

Community Events & Resources

11th Annual National Pacific Island Violence Prevention Conference (PIK2AR)

April 12-13 | Salt Lake City, Utah

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.

Register for PIK2AR

35th Annual Utah Crime Victims Conference |

May 2-3 | Zermatt Resort, Midway, Utah | Virtual Option Available

How Are We Helping? Breaking Barriers, Providing Continuity, Building Resiliency.

Topics will include:

  • Investigative Genetic Genealogy (IGG): Golden State Killer Case Study
  • Breathing Lessons: Sustaining a Career in Helping Professions
  • Trauma-Informed Effective Communication with Victims with Limited English Proficiency
  • CEU and CLE credit hours are pending. 

Register for Utah Crime Victims Conference

YCC Family Crisis Center

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.

YCC Ogden Calendar

Safe Harbor Family Crisis Center

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.

Safe Harbor Events