Sexual Assault Awareness Month

SAAM 2022
Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) brings awareness to the issue of sexual violence and the effects of sexual violence on survivors.  During SAAM there are many events on campus that will promote healing, advocacy, challenging sexual assault myths, and teaching how to support survivors. Be a part of these efforts by attending one of the events below, being a part of a social media campaign, or downloading one of our virtual backgrounds.

Week 1

Ebony Stewart – Seeing (red)
Tuesday, April 5 | 6:00 pm

The PEACE Center is presenting Ebony Stewart in her performance of, Seeing (red). This workshop is focused on generational trauma addressing sexual violence, domestic violence, and dating violence. The event will take place in the HEB SU Ballroom.

Ebony Stewart is an internationally touring poet and performance artist. Her work speaks to the black experience, with emphasis on gender, sexuality, womanhood, and race, with the hopes to be relatable, remove shame, heal minds, encourage dialogue, and inspire folks in marginalized communities. 

 

Ebony Stewart
Wear Teal on Day of Action
Tuesday, April 5 | 6:00 pm

The first Tuesday of every April is SAAM Day of Action, an opportunity to start the month with highly visible and coordinated actions. Someone in your life is a survivor of sexual harassment, assault, or abuse, even if they have never shared their story with you. 

Wear teal on Tuesday, April 5 to signal to survivors that you support them and are a safe person to talk to if they need to reach out. Post photos on social media of you and others wearing teal with #SAAM2022. It is the perfect opportunity to plan an event, post SAAM-related social media content, or participate in the #30DaysofSAAM Instagram challenge.

 

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Green Dot Bystander Overview

Wednesday, April 6 | 3:00 pm
Wednesday, April 20 | 3:00 pm

This 90-minute interactive overview introduces the basic elements of Green Dot and the issues of power-based personal violence prevention.  The PEACE Center is offering two opportunities to attend this virtual training. Participants will learn to recognize behaviors that constitute red dots, reduce the possibility of red dots happening by introducing green dot interventions, recognize personal barriers preventing intervention, and learn how to be proactive to establish a culture that is intolerant of violence on campus.

 

Wellbeing Services team in Green Dot shirts

Week 2

Defining Rape Culture 101: A Workshop with Kimiya Factory
Tuesday, April 12 | 5:00 pm

This workshop will reveal the pervasive and fluid nature in which Rape Culture subtly infiltrates every aspect of society. Participants will explore instances of Rape Culture in a vulnerable workshop exercise and identify pathways to healing through our own process of liberation. The event will occur on Zoom.

Kimiya Factory is the Executive Director of Black Freedom Factory, an organization that encourages data-driven activism, redefines professionalism for BIPOC LGBTQIA+ communities and youth, and dismantles racial inequity across the state of Texas. She also leads and is the co-founder of the #ChangeRapeCulture movement, which challenges Title IX policies regarding structural violence and sexual misconduct at institutions across San Antonio. She is the Central Texas Regional Organizer for Black Voters Matter. Kimiya is actively engaged in many nationwide grassroots efforts that support vulnerable populations and has been a recurring political commentator for CNN, MSNBC, ABC News, The Grio, and has been featured in The New York Times, as well as local Texas news media.

 

Kimiya Factory
RAINN Day
Wednesday, April 13 | 12:00 pm

The PEACE Center is encouraging roadrunners to get involved in RAINN DAY by hosting their own RAINN Day event on campus.  Visit our team in the SU Rowdy Lawn (or SU Corridor if it rains) to decorate an umbrella panel in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  Check out past decorated umbrellas for inspiration and talk to PEACE Center staff about becoming more involved in sexual violence issues on campus.

 

umbrellas decorated for RAINN Day

Week 3

What Were You Wearing? Exhibit
Monday, April 18 through Thursday, April 21

Walk over to the Student Union Window Lounge and view the What Were You Wearing? Exhibit.  When sexual violence occurs, the first question many victims are asked is, “What were you wearing?”  This exhibit challenges the myth that sexual violence occurs because of the outfit someone is wearing, as sexual violence can occur no matter what a person is wearing.

 

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Sex Talk
Tuesday, April 19 | 4:00 - 5:30 pm

Have questions you’ve wanted to ask about sexual health but never knew how?  Want an anonymous way to ask all your sexual health questions? Sex Talk is a safe space where you can submit questions anonymously and have them answered by our panel of Wellbeing Educators in the Retama Auditorium. Don’t worry about people knowing you are asking questions; the auditorium will be dark!

 

Art of Wellbeing
Wednesday, April 20 | 3:00 - 5:00 pm

Take a few minutes out of your day and stop by the Art of Wellbeing for a safe space to create or decompress. Bring your old, used, or worn-out denim (jeans, shorts, shirts, and jackets) to decorate with messages of support to sexual assault survivors and your art will be displayed as a part of Denim Day on Wednesday, April 27. Wellbeing Services will provide the painting and decorating supplies to engage in different methods of artistic expression. Whether you prefer canvas, paper, or just want to draw, come to the RWC 1.806 for some creative fun.

 


Week 4

Denim Day
Wednesday, April 27 | 12:00 pm

Wear jeans or denim to honor survivors of sexual violence on Denim Day, the last Wednesday of April during Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  Stop by the SU Rowdy Lawn to talk with the PEACE Center about what Denim Day is and the importance of supporting survivors.

 

jeans decorated for Denim Day

 

 

A Love for the Body: Autonomy & Consent Workshop with Taylor Waits
Wednesday, April 27 | 5:00 pm

The Survivors Faculty and Staff Alliance are welcoming UTSA Alum, Taylor Waits, to present A Love Song For the Body a workshop that offers participants language to understand their bodies and others, discuss consent, and understand autonomy and power. #ChangeRapeCulture's workshops center around the experiences of Queer and BIPOC sexual violence survivors.

Taylor Waits is a Co-founder of #ChangeRapeCulture, DJ, blogger, and creative currently pursuing a Doctorate of Philosophy for Rhetoric and Writing at the University of Pittsburgh.

 

Taylor Waits
Stories from the Front: Pain, Betrayal, and Resilience on the MST Battlefield
Thursday, April 28 | 2:00 pm

The UTSA Veteran & Military Affairs and author USAF Ret. Colonel Lisa Firmin will discuss her recent book release about her experiences with military sexual trauma during this interactive workshop that will have small group guided discussions and light refreshments. This event will be in the JPL Assembly Room.

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National Crime Victim’s Rights Week Fair
Saturday, April 30 | 12:00 – 4:00 pm

The PEACE Center, the Rape Crisis Center, and many San Antonio community partners coming together for a resource fair at The Neighborhood Place (3014 Rivas Place, San Antonio, TX 78228).  There will be fun, games, giveaways, and entertainment for all who attend!

 


Throughout April

Start By Believing Campaign
All Month

Start By Believing campaign invites the community to believe and support survivors of sexual assault. By signing the pledge, you are showing the community that you are a safe person who will treat survivors with respect, compassion and help them get connected to help without judgment or shame. Learn more: startbybelieving.org

  • Download the pledge card.
  • Print out a pledge card (you may also write your own pledge if you do not have a printer) and sign it.
  • Take a selfie or screenshot of your signed digital pledge.
  • Send photos to peace.center@utsa.edu throughout April.

 

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Restorative Yoga
Mondays | 5:45 pm

Take some time this April to connect your mind and restore your body by attending Restorative Yoga in the Campus Rec. These sessions focus on an individual’s own experiences, building a safe container to work on their present health and wellness using the body’s beautiful capacity to heal from the inside out.  This class is helpful for anyone experiencing anxiety, depression, chronic pain, physical injury, PTSD, or trauma. Students do not have to register for any of our in-person group exercise classes. They can also attend the Restorative Yoga session virtually but will need to register for the virtual session.

 

 

Restorative Yoga
Wellbeing Wednesdays
Wednesdays | 2:00 pm

Join the Wellbeing Services team and the PEACE Center each Wednesday in April at Guadalupe Hall to learn about importance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Each week there will be a theme and information relating to SAAM such as Teal Ribbon Day, RAINN Day, Start by Believing Day, and Denim Day.  There will be fantastic information and resources as well as giveaways!

 

Virtual Backgrounds

These Sexual Assault Awareness Month virtual backgrounds are available for you to use when you attend virtual events or meetings you have throughout April.