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.

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

Statistics related to sexual assault

  • About 1 out of 6 women and 1 out of 33 men in the United States have experienced completed or attempted rape at some point in their lives.
  • About 1 out of 10 rape victims are male, and about 9 out of 10 are female.
  • 94% of women who are raped experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) during the two weeks following the rape.
  • About half (51.1%) of female victims of rape reported being raped by an intimate partner and 40.8% by an acquaintance. Over half (52.4%) of male victims report being raped by an acquaintance and 15.1% by a stranger.
  • One in three subjected to physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner or sexual violence from a non-partner.
  • As of 2015, 47% of transgender people reported having experienced sexual assault: 51% of transgender men, 37% of transgender women, and 55% of nonbinary people.
  • 44% of lesbians and 61% of bisexual women experience rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner, compared to 35% of straight women.
  • 26% of gay men and 37% of bisexual men experience rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner, compared to 29% of straight men.
  • American Indians are twice as likely to experience a rape or other sexual assault, compared to all races. 41% of sexual assaults against American Indians are committed by a stranger, 34% by an acquaintance, and 25% by an intimate or family member.
  • An estimated 80,600 inmates each year experience sexual violence while in prison or jail, and 60% of all sexual violence against inmates is perpetrated by jail or prison staff.
  • The US Department of Defense estimates that 6.2% of active duty women and 0.7% of active duty men experienced sexual assault in 2018.

Sources: https://www.rainn.org/statistics/victims-sexual-violence, https://www.nsvrc.org/statistics, https://www.hrc.org/resources/sexual-assault-and-the-lgbt-community, https://www.ustranssurvey.org/reports

What is consent?

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 pressure your partner into having sex/participating in sexual activities
  • No means no
  • Communicate

Consent from an asexual perspective:

SAAM Book Recommendations

  • Know My Name by Chanel Miller
  • Find Your Voice: The Life You Crave is a Conversation Away by Sahar Paz
  • Lucky by Alice Sebold
  • Girl in the Woods by Aspen Matis
  • Whatever Gets You Through: Twelve Survivors on Life After Sexual Assault by Jen Sookfong

 

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 

NHC Health Promotion & Wellness

  • Instagram: @nhc_hpw

Additional thanks to: University Counseling Services, Norris Health Promotion and Wellness and Survivor Support and Victim Advocacy