SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). Throughout the month, the Center for Wellness Promotion will host workshops to promote resources and build a supportive community for survivors of sexual assault and all forms of interpersonal violence.
Please join us as we spread awareness and implement initiatives to shape a safer community. More information can be found on the SAAM calendar, or on Instagram @clt_cwp.
SAAM Kick OFF
April 3rd, 11am-1pm, CHHS/COED Plaza
Join campus and community partners in the CHHS/CoEd Plaza for giveaways, awareness, and learning how to create a safer campus!
Green Dot Bystander Intervention Training
April 3rd, 4:30pm
In this training, students will learn advanced skills to intervene in high-risk situations and establish intolerance of violence as a campus norm. Through in-depth education, awareness and skills practice, participants are equipped to not only react and intervene in high-risk situations, but also to use their social influence to reduce interpersonal violence at Charlotte. Free dinner and giveaways provided. Registration is required.
Exploring Consent Workshop
April 4th, 5:30pm, Student Union 265
Join CWP for the Exploring Consent Workshop! Consent is a normal and necessary part of sex! In this workshop, we’ll discuss when and how to ask for consent, techniques to check-in during a sexual interaction, and communication tips to increase safety and pleasure. Students will learn the definition of consent, verbal cues and body language, and how to apply practical communication skills in their sexual relationships.
Dismantling Violence: A Queer Conversation
April 5th, 7pm, CHHS 376
Join CWP, PLEASE, and community partners as we discuss interpersonal violence and how this affects the LGBTQ+ community. This program will consist of a presentation and discussion, followed by a social!
Teal Out Match Men's Tennis vs. VSU
April 9th, 2pm, Halton-Wagner Tennis Complex
Join the Niner's Men's Tennis team by wearing teal in solidarity with survivors of sexual violence!
Understanding Rape Culture
April 10th, 5:30pm, Student Union 340D
A discussion surrounding the normalization of the culture of violence, and the intersections of oppressive systems on sexual violence.
Green Dot Overview Training
April 11th, 4pm, CHHS 155
In this training, participants will learn basic skills to intervene in high-risk situations by identifying warning signs, personal and social barriers to intervention, and safe and effective intervention options. Through education, awareness and skills practice, Green Dot participants are equipped to react and intervene in high-risk situations — resulting in the ultimate reduction of interpersonal violence in our community.
Teal Out Baseball Game Vs. Winthrop
April 11th, 6pm, Hayes Stadium
Join the Niners Baseball team by wearing teal in solidarity with survivors of sexual violence!
Craft and Conversations
April 12th, 11am, Student Union 340B
Join the Center for Wellness Promotion in Craft and Conversations! During this event we will be discussing Sexual Assault Awareness, and students will be able to make a poster to march with at Take Back the Night! Students are free to come and go as they please to make their craft and engage in conversation on the surrounding topic.
April 12th, 7pm, Student Union 265
Join the Center for Wellness Promotion and Omega Phi Beta Sorority Inc. as we talk about how to support survivors of violence. The way in which we respond to survivors who have experienced violence has a huge impact on their healing journey. In this workshop we'll discuss the impact we have, and helpful ways to support a survivor.
Men and Sexual Assault Discussion
April 13th, 6pm, CHHS 147
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and the Center for Wellness Promotion and Survivors United Accepted and Heard present a discussion surrounding men and sexual assault. It is important to acknowledge that men also experience sexual assault, and this discussion will explore barriers, stigma, and support for men who have experienced sexual assault.
Take Back the Night
April 18th, 5pm, McKnight Auditorium
An annual, worldwide event to raise awareness and end sexual violence. Join us for a night dedicated to learning, connecting, and creating a safer campus community. The opening reception will begin in the Lucas Room at 4:30pm (refreshments will be provided). Doors open in McKnight at 5pm and the first 100 guests will receive a free t-shirt. The event will conclude with a survivor speak out for students and allies to share their experiences with sexual violence. Sign-up in advance here.
Remember the Night
April 19th, 2:30-5pm, Student Union 263
Remember the Night is an event for individuals who were impacted by Take Back the Night and would like additional support. Brave Step is a local community organization that supports individuals who have been impacted by sexual violence. They are hosting a drop in session for any individuals who would like additional support after Take Back the Night.
Teal Out Softball Game Vs. Longwood
April 19th, 5pm, Sue M. Daughtridge Stadium
Join the Niners Softball team by wearing teal in solidarity with survivors of sexual violence!
Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples Awareness March
April 22nd, 2pm, Belk Plaza
Join UNC Charlotte's Native American Student Assosciation as they highlight the issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples. Prior to the march Indigenous speakers and dancers will perform culturally significant traditions. Take part in honoring, remembering, and marching for victims and their families.
April 26th is Denim Day!
Wear denim this day to stand in solidarity with survivors of sexual violence. Denim Day is a campaign created out of an Italian Supreme Court rulling in the 90's. The court overturned a rape conviction because the justices felt that the victim's jeans were so tight, she must have helped the perpetrator take them off. Women were so enraged by the ruling they protested the next day by wearing jeans to work. This launched the Denim Day campaign, which aims to stand in solidarity with survivors, and dispel myths about sexual assault and end victim blaming.
Missing and Murdered Indigenous People Day
Indigenous women and girls go missing or are murdered at disproportionately high rates in the United States. According to the Urban Indian Health Institute, homicide is the third-leading cause of death among Native American women, and Native women face rates of violence up to 10 times higher than the national average. May 5 is the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous People.
student Organization initiatives
Letters to Survivors Campaign
Join SGA and the Center for Wellness Promotion during Sexual Assault Awareness Month by writing a letter of support to a survivor of sexual violence or abuse. These letters will be presented at the opening reception of Take Back the Night on April 18th. The deadline to submit a letter of support is April 10th. Please submit your letters through this link.
Join Omega Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated as they host the Bandana Project during Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The Bandana Project is a public awareness campaign aimed at addressing the issue of workplace sexual violence against farmworker women in the United States. Read more about the Bandana Project here. Omega Phi Beta will be hosting bandana decorating tables during April. Please visit the tables and decorate a bandana of your own to stand in solidarity with farmworkers experiencing sexual violence. Please see the table schedule below:
- April 3 11:00am - 1pm CHHS/COED Plaza
- April 17 11:00am-1:00pm Student Union
Thank you to the following campus and community partners for their support in hosting and sponsoring events during SAAM 2023.
- Counseling and Psychological Services
- Office of Identity, Equity, and Engagement
- Native American Student Association
- Survivors United Accepted and Heard
- Omega Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated
- SAAM Planning Committee
- Brave Step
- Student Government Association