Sexual Assault Awareness Month

What is SAAM?

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month! UWM, with support from the community, is committed to creating a space and a dialogue for sexual assault prevention as well as for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is a campaign to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on how to prevent it. The UWM community has a longstanding history of coming together during the month of April to support survivors, speak out against rape culture, and raise awareness of systemic issues that allow sexual assault to persist so predominantly in our society. 

Although our campus has changed, the need for community is stronger than ever. This is the time for us to gather in new and creative ways, to celebrate our strengths, and continue stand in solidarity with and support survivors.

We encourage everyone to participate in the events highlighted in this year’s SAAM calendar and to stay connected with each of our campus partners on social media! 

Events Calendar

View the Events Calendar for more information on all SAAM events.

Click on the calendar to view a downloadable PDF with links.

*All events subject to change. Follow our social media for the most up-to-date information!

Denim Day Sticker Campaign 

The UWM Women’s Resource Center is inviting the campus community to celebrate Denim Day and stand in solidarity with survivors of sexual violence during the entire month of April (Sexual Assault Awareness Month). We are encouraging folks to wear denim and and/or a Denim Day sticker on April 29th. You can share a photo on social media using the hashtags #DenimDayMKE, #SAAMUWM, #IAskUWM. Tag us on Instagram or Facebook (@uwmwrc) to be featured on our page!

About Denim Day (from http://denimdaymke.org/):

“Denim Day’s Mission is to end victim blaming and promote awareness about sexual violence in our communities.”

“We celebrate Denim Day in honor of a woman who was forcibly r*ped by her driving instructor. The woman pressed charges, but the case was dismissed because the chief judge decided that, ‘…because the victim wore very, very tight jeans, she had to help him remove them, and by removing the jeans, it was no longer r*pe, but consensual sex.'”

Sex in the Dark: Submit Your Questions Anonymously. You’ve got questions? We’ve got answers! Send us your questions about sex, health, and relationships through our anonymous form. Our sexperts will be answering these questions in our Sex in the Dark podcast later this month.

Join the LGBTQ+RC and the WRC April 25th at 7 pm for the screening of “GRRRL Justice.”

“GRRRL Justice” is a short narrative film exploring the pathways of girls and queer youth of color into the juvenile justice system. It uses gender and sexuality as a framework for understanding their rising rates of incarceration. The screening will be followed by a discussion.

Please fill out this form to RSVP and receive a Zoom link for the screening.

Resources

UWM Campus Resources

  • Confidential Victim Advocate: 
    UWM’s Confidential Survivor Support and Victim Advocacy services continue to be available remotely to students who have experienced sexual, domestic, or relationship violence.  UWM’s confidential victim advocate helps survivors understand and navigate their options and can provide emotional support, as well as legal, academic, and medical advocacy.  The advocate can assist in locating and connecting students to online resources as well as resources in their community.For services or questions, please contact the advocate confidentially by phone at 414-229-4582 or send an email to victimadvocacy@uwm.edu. 
  • Title IX Information – Get Help and Learn Your Options 
  • Dean of Students – Make a Report

Off-Campus and Community Resources

Why take the time to learn about sexual assault?

  • 91% of victim of r–e and sexual assault are female, and 9% are male
  • One in five women and one in seventy-one men will be r–ed at some point in their lives
  • Black women are 35% more likely to experience intimate partner violence than white women
  • 44% of lesbians and 61% of bisexual women experience r–e, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner, compared to 35 percent of heterosexual women
  • one in three Latinx women experience physical violence by a partner
  • 47% of transgender people are sexually assaulted
  • four in ten gay men (40%), nearly half of bisexual men (47%) and one in five heterosexual men (21%) experience sexual violence other than r–e in their lifetime
  • A person with a disability is twice as likely to be a victim of sexual assault or r–e than a person without a disability
  • One out of seven military service members have experience sexual assault at the hands of someone in their chain of command

What is consent?

  • Freely given decision is made by all participants without pressure, force, manipulation, or while drunk or high
  • Reversible anyone can change their mind about what they want to do at any time, even if you’ve done it before or are in the middle of sex
  • Informed be honest. for example, if someone says they’ll use a condom and then they don’t, that’s not consent
  • Enthusiastic if someone isn’t excited, or really into it, that’s not consent
  • Specific saying yes to one thing (like going to the bedroom to make out) doesn’t mean they’ve said yes to others (like oral sex)
    Information from Planned Parenthood

Consent 101:

  • People can change their minds
  • Body language is always important – if someone looks uncomfortable, they probably are
  • Don’t manipulate or expect your partner to have sex/participate in sexual activities
  • No means no
  • Communicate

Campus Partners

Thank you to all of those on campus who came together for SAAM: 

The Women’s Resource Center 

  • Facebook: UWM Women’s Resource Center 
  • Twitter: @uwm_wrc 
  • Instagram: @uwmwrc 

Panthers Against Sexual Assault 

  • Instagram: @PASA_UWM 

Student Involvement 

  • Facebook: dostuffUWM 
  • Instagram: @dostuffUWM 
  • Greek Life (IFC): @ifcuwm 

Campus Activities Board 

  • Facebook: CABUWM 
  • Twitter: @CAB_UWM 
  • Instagram: @cab_uwm 

Women’s and Gender Studies 

  • UWM WGS Facebook: uwmwomenstudiesprogram 
  • UWM Women’s & Gender Studies Twitter: @UWMWGS 

Peer Health Educators  

  • Facebook: UWM Peer Health Educators 
  • Instagram: @uwm_phe 

Additional thanks to: Norris Counseling, Norris Health Promotion and Wellness (Victim Advocacy and Survivor Support and Violence Prevention), Student Association: Women’s Advocacy CommitteeStudio Arts and Crafts CenterKim Cosier and Sue Bietila