Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2018

Nearly 1 in 5 women in the United States have experienced rape or attempted rape some time in their lives, and 1 in 67 American men have experienced rape or attempted rape.
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Embrace Your Voice: Your Voice is Necessary in this Conversation
In the United States, 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. This year, SAAM is celebrating its 17th anniversary with the theme “Embrace Your Voice” to inform individuals on how they can use their words to promote safety, respect, and equality to stop sexual violence before it happens. Individuals can embrace their voices to show their support for survivors, stand up to victim blaming, shut down rape jokes, correct harmful misconceptions, promote everyday consent, and practice healthy communications with children. We know that one month isn’t enough to solve the serious and widespread issue of sexual violence. However, the attention April generates is an opportunity to energize and expand prevention efforts throughout the year. (
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April 24, 2018

Embrace Your Voice: Student Campus Climate Survey
(online) The President’s Coalition for Sexual Violence Prevention & Education wants to gain insight into students’ experiences with and attitudes on sexual violence, and the available prevention and awareness programs and resources. Students, this is your opportunity to give your input on the University’s efforts to ensure a harassment-free campus and offer suggestions on what the University can do to improve. Plus there are raffles and other prizes for participating…
April 9 - 11, 2018 Faculty & Staff Level Up Online Challenge (online) The Office of Title IX Compliance is challenging faculty and staff to increase their knowledge about sexual misconduct prevention and awareness efforts at UMiami, and strengthen their connections to other members of the University community. There is a raffle and other prizes for participating… Enter the challenge here!
April 11, 2018

Calling All Men: Stand Up Against Violence Conference
(Shalala Center, 8:30 am – 4 pm)
The University’s President’s Coalition on Campus Sexual Violence Prevention and Education, in collaboration with Miami-Dade County, Community Action and Human Services, is hosting this event to address the importance of having healthy and respectful relationships and to bring awareness about harmful cultural and social norms that promote violence against women and girls, bullying and homophobia. The keynote speaker will be Tony Porter, Author, Educator, Activist and CEO of A Call to Men.

Conference Program


Free, but registration is required.

April 12, 2018 Clothesline Project
(Foote Green, 10 am - 2 pm) 
The purpose of the Clothesline Project is to address the issue of violence against women. It is a vehicle for women affected by violence to express their emotions by decorating a shirt. They then hang the shirt on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to the problem of violence against women. T-shirts created by students will be displayed across the campus green to raise awareness for the prevalence of gender violence. UMPD and the Counseling Center will provide resources to campus community throughout the event. 

No registration required.
Join us at the Foote Green.

April 12, 2018 Walk A Mile in Her Shoes 
(The Rock and Foote Green, 3 pm - 4:30 pm) This is the International Men's March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence.  Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event is an opportunity for all genders to raise awareness of sexual violence and to show support for survivors of such violence along with a commitment to making the world a safer place. The program includes artistic performances by students with messages of hope and/or personal experience of sexual assault. Speakers will present on rape culture and share survivor testimony. Educational resources will also be dispersed to attendees. Following the program, all attendees will be lead in a brief walk around the campus green. Men will be encouraged to walk in red heels (provided). Refreshments provided.
 Registration begins at 3 pm at the Rock and the Walk takes place on the Foote Green.
April 17, 2018 Take Back the Night 
(Hecht/Stanford Labyrinth at 7:15 pm) Open forum for survivors and allies to share their experiences with sexual misconduct.  The open forum will be followed by a walk around the lake to show support and foster engagement.  Informational materials and counseling specialists will be available throughout the event.

No registration required.
Join us at the Hecht/Stanford Labyrinth.

April 25, 2018 Denim Day at UMiami
(University-wide, all day) Make a social statement with your fashion statement! The last Wednesday in April is Denim Day, a day supporting global rape prevention education. Established by Peace Over Violence, the Denim Day campaign was triggered by a 1999 Italian Supreme Court ruling that overturned a rape conviction because the justices believed the victim must have helped her assailant remove her tight jeans, thereby implying her consent. The day after the ruling, women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim.

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