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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The national theme for SAAM this year is “use your voice to change the culture.”

Faculty and staff members’ voices are influential in creating a caring and inclusive learning community where violence is not normalized or tolerated.

There are a couple of ways you can use your voice and show support this year:

Denim Day

Participate in Denim Day by wearing jeans on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 and protesting the myths that still surround sexual assault. Denim Day is an international day of survivor support. Founded in the 1990s after a woman was blamed for assault because of her tight jeans, this event has been hosted annually to stand up against victim blaming. Wear denim to show your support!

The event was so well supported last year that we ran out of stickers. This year we are hoping to get a head start on requests so that we make sure you all have a sticker.

Request Denim Day stickers for your department by noon on Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

Share with students how they can get involved

Let students know about Sexual Assault Awareness Month and how they can join the movement to prevent violence.

Share these slides on your Blackboard page, in class or electronically.

You can also sign up for a time for a peer educator to briefly visit a class/group to present this information.

Encourage participation

Encourage your students to attend a Sexual Assault Awareness Month event. If you would like to offer extra credit for attending an event and would like to confirm their attendance, please contact Kimberly Frick at

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