Project Safe Center: Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Dates and times vary
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), and we here at Project Safe observe SAAM 2021 and continue the important work of prevention education and victim advocacy all year long, whether we’re together on campus, online, or social distancing. This year’s SAAM theme is “Creating Safe Online Spaces.” We are offering educational programs all month long, including an 8-session Empowerment Self-Defense course, guest lectures from national experts such as Donna Freitas, an amazing performance by renowned poet Ashlee Haze, dialogue with author Mary Adkins about the intersection of class and sexual violence on college campuses, and more. See events through April 30th below.
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SAAM 2021 – Visit the Project Safe Center SAAM website for the full month listing of events click here
Dating Apps: Intentions, Boundaries, & Tips for Staying Safe — Monday, April 26, 5 PM Olivia Darrow, Prevention Educator and Victim Resource Specialist, offers this educational program aligning with this year’s national SAAM theme, “Creating Safe Online Spaces.” Join us to learn strategies for using the apps strategically by setting intentions ahead of time, setting boundaries as you interact with others, and evaluate your risks for virtual and in-person encounters with the people you meet.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
Calling Out Inappropriate Behavior — Tuesday, April 27, 3 PM
Lucine Markarian, Prevention Educator and Victim Resource Specialist, will discuss strategies for effectively intervening to address inappropriate behavior. During this program we will discuss allyship, activism, bystander intervention, and ways to confront problematic behavior. Research shows that these early acts of bystander intervention are key for reducing the likelihood of escalating harms and deterring the cultivation of communities that tolerate sexism, classism, ethnocentrism, xenophobia, racism, ableism, homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia that contribute towards high rates of sexual misconduct in both the public and private spheres. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
#AllMenCan: Men’s Role in Prevention — Wednesday, April 28, 6 PM
Otis McGresham, Ed.D., Prevention Educator and Victim Resource Specialist with Project Safe will provide a roadmap for men who want to engage authentically, effectively, and appropriately as allies and accomplices in efforts to reduce and prevent sexual violence in their community. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
Sex in the Dark — Thursday, April 29, 7 PM
Let’s wrap up SAAM2021 with this fun, educational event. Sex in the Dark is a Q&A event where a panel of sexual health experts answer students’ anonymous questions about sexual health and relationships. “Sexperts” from the Vandy Sex Ed Peer Educators, Project Safe, KCPC, and Student Health Center will answer students’ anonymous questions about topics like sexual pleasure, communication and consent, anatomy, safer sex practices, sexual identity, and more. Join us and get your sex and/or sexuality questions answered…without judgement! Sex in the Dark aims to support a sex-positive campus culture by providing medically accurate and student-friendly health information while promoting campus and community resources. Join us on Zoom, cameras on or off, as you wish, and feel free to change your Zoom display name if that would make you more comfortable. Attendees can submit questions in advance or via the chat feature to have your sexual health, consent, and other related questions answered by a panel of sex-positive experts from across campus. Curious about something or have questions you’re afraid to ask elsewhere? This is the place. Be sure to pick up your glow-in-the-dark SAAM swag prior to the event to wear while we’re together and heighten the mood! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
SAAM Wrap-Up & Giveaway — Friday, April 30, 11 AM to 2 PM
Stop by Project Safe as we wrap up another SAAM to pick up a small craft or self-care kit to celebrate your last day of classes. Stop by Project Safe between 11 AM and 2 PM to pick up a free self-care kit. Masks and distancing required. Quantities limited. RSVP on Anchor Link.