Sexual Assault Awareness Month: April 2021

During the month of April, the University of Maine is hosting a series of programs and educational initiatives in recognition of the national Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) campaign to promote awareness and prevention of sexual violence.

The National Sexual Violence Resource Center has named this year’s theme as “We Can Build Safe Online Spaces.” The theme recognizes the impact the internet has had in becoming a new public square to connect with romantic partners, friends, family, coworkers, and strangers.

These programs are sponsored with generous support from the Alton ’38 and Adelaide Hamm Campus Activity Fund. Many thanks to the various campus and community partners working together to commemorate this important month, including: the Division of Student Life, Title IX Student Services, Residence Life, the Center for Student Involvement, UMaine Dining, Campus Recreation, the UMaine Counseling Center, the US Army ROTC Black Bear Battalion, the Fogler Library, Partners for Peace, and Rape Response Services.

Check out the list of programs below and make plans to attend. To learn more about any of the events listed, or to be connected with specific event organizers, please contact Cory Davis, Title IX Student Services Coordinator & Deputy Title IX Officer, at cory.davis@maine.edu or 207-581-1406.

Thursday, April 1

Virtual Clothesline Project

In collaboration with Partners for Peace and Rape Response Services decorated t-shirts will be displayed, throughout the month of April in the Memorial Union, to honor survivors of sexual violence and act as a memorial for victims. These shirts and display are intended to aid in the healing process for those directly affected and those who have lost someone to violence. Lastly, the display hopes to educate, promote societal awareness, and as a way to document violence crimes against women.

SAAM campus promotions

The UMaine community will find several ways to share their commitment to ending sexual violence including SAAM awareness banners in each dining hall, Fogler Library, the Memorial Union, and in the New Balance Recreation Center.

Since 2000, the teal ribbon has been a symbol for sexual assault awareness and members of the UMaine community can receive their own teal awareness ribbon at numerous campus locations. Every Tuesday in April, community members are encouraged to wear their ribbons or any teal articles to promote Teal Tuesday in support of ending sexual violence. Individually packaged ribbons/pins will be distributed to each residence hall and can also be picked up (one per community member) at the Main Circulation Desk at Fogler Library, the Info Booth in the Memorial Union, and the Division of Student Life Office on the third floor of the Memorial Union.

Get Inclusive sexual assault prevention training

UMaine is also sponsoring a short comprehensive training as a part of UMaine’s community-building efforts, called Get Inclusive. To find the training, log into your MyCampus Portal and on the left hand side (under the Launchpad) you will see a section called, “UMS Quicklinks.” Click on the link for the “sexual assault prevention training” and it will bring you to Get Inclusive to complete the training. If, for any reason, you feel as though you cannot complete the training because of experiences you’ve had in your past, please feel free to reach out to the Title IX Student Services Office to request an exemption.

Tuesday, April 6

Teal Tuesday: wear teal to promote SAAM awareness.

11am: Bystander Intervention Training session, sponsored by the Student Wellness Resource Center, virtual. Zoom access can be found here https://maine.zoom.us/j/93045083205?pwd=bG1xMk9yV3RES3FWOTlhN05lR2Vidz09

Friday, April 9

2pm: “Navigating Casual Hookups.” Join staff form the UM Counseling Center as they discuss the mental health impacts of hook up culture on the mind, body, and spirit. Zoom access can be found here https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87063227970

Saturday, April 10

First day to submit results for the Virtual Healthy High 5k/10k with registration link found here: https://runsignup.com/Race/ME/Orono/UmaineHealthyHigh

Tuesday, April 13

Teal Tuesday: wear teal to promote SAAM awareness.

1pm: Bystander Intervention Training session, sponsored by the Student Wellness Resource Center, virtual. Zoom access can be found here https://maine.zoom.us/j/93045083205?pwd=bG1xMk9yV3RES3FWOTlhN05lR2Vidz09

Tuesday, April 20

Teal Tuesday: wear teal to promote SAAM awareness.

Virtual Healthy High 5k/10k: the theme of this year’s race focused on promoting healthy relationships, ending sexual violence, and raising awareness of SAAM. Sponsored by the Physical Education Student Organization and Title IX Student Services, virtual road race. Results can be submitted from April 10-April 20 and registration link can be found here: https://runsignup.com/Race/ME/Orono/UmaineHealthyHigh

Wednesday, April 21

4pm: Bystander Intervention Training session, sponsored by the Student Wellness Resource Center, virtual. Zoom access can be found here https://maine.zoom.us/j/93045083205?pwd=bG1xMk9yV3RES3FWOTlhN05lR2Vidz09

Thursday, April 22

10am: Red Flag campaign, between the Memorial Union and Fogler Library.

Tuesday, April 27

Teal Tuesday: wear teal to promote SAAM awareness.

Wednesday, April 28

Denim Day: In solidarity with survivors of sexual violence, community members are encouraged to wear denim to raise awareness about the myriad of myths associated with sexual violence which suggest that one’s clothing provides justification for sexual aggression or coercive sexual conduct.

Learn more about Denim Day from Peace Over Violence through their website at https://www.denimdayinfo.org/why-denim

Thursday, April 29

8pm: Take Back the Night Global virtual event, registration can be found here: https://takebackthenight.org/globalvirtualapril/