April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month
The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) defines sexual assault as "any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient. Falling under the definition of sexual assault are sexual activities as forced sexual intercourse, forcible sodomy, child molestation, incest, fondling, and attempted rape." Nationally, April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM).
The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on how to prevent it. The National Sexual Violence Resource Center's (NSVRC) 2016 SAAM campaign, "Prevention is Possible," provides community advocates and campus leaders with a toolkit to promote safety, respect, and equality to stop sexual assault before it happens.
The 2016 campaign offers free, downloadable prevention resources and campaign planning materials that include a campaign brochure; a sexual violence fact sheet; statistics on the impact of sexual violence; and ways individuals, communities, and the private sector can take action. Many of the SAAM resources are also available in Spanish.
You may find the resources provided for these previous SAAM campaigns useful:
· 2015 SAAM campaign - Preventing Sexual Violence on Campus
· 2012 SAAM campaign - Healthy Sexuality
· 2011 SAAM campaign - Engaging Bystanders
We also want to highlight our wonderful campus resource, CARE: The Campus Advocacy, Resources & Education office at UCSB provides confidential advocacy and support to students, staff and faculty impacted by sexual assault, dating/domestic violence and stalking. CARE also works collaboratively with students, faculty and staff to educate the campus community about the vital role that each of us has in ending interpersonal violence at UCSB.
Please visit CARE's website for more information, resources or to schedule trainings: