Sexual Assault Awareness Month

In the United States, April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on how to prevent it. Rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment harm our community, and statistics show one in five women and one in 67 men will be raped at some point in their lives (Smith et al., 2017).

We know that one month isn’t enough to solve the serious and widespread issue of sexual violence. However, the attention April generates is an opportunity to energize and expand prevention efforts throughout the year. Sexual Assault Awareness Month is about more than awareness — our ultimate goal is prevention. Since consent is a clear, concrete example of what it takes to end sexual harassment, abuse, and assault, this year’s campaign shares the message that asking for consent is a normal and necessary part of sex. For more information about Sexual Assault Awareness Month, visit the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.


  • Stand Up Against Sexual Assault – Wednesday, April 6
    12:00-1:30pm, Setzer Student Center
    Stop by the Setzer Student Center and grab your “Stand Up Against Sexual Violence” pin to wear around campus and the community.

  • Walk a Mile in Her Shoes – Tuesday, April 12
    12:30  - 1:30 pm, Circle Drive at the Setzer Student Center
    REGISTER HERE
    Since 2001, men, women, and their families around the world have joined award-winning Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: The International Men's March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence. To get people listening, learning, and talking, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes events feature men literally walking in women's high-heeled shoes. It's a dramatic opportunity to raise awareness in our community about the serious causes, effects, and remediations to men's sexualized violence. For more information, visit walkamileinhershoes.org.

  • Campus Day of Action: Wear Teal! – Tuesday, April 19
    Join us in wearing teal, the color of sexual assault prevention, to promote Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Share a selfie or group photo online using the hashtags #SAAM2022, #IASK, #SAAMSafeOnlineSpaces

  • Denim Day – Wednesday, April 27
    11:30 am - 1:30 pm, Atrium in the Setzer Student Center
    We ask that all LU community members wear denim with a purpose today. Show it off at our table in the SSC and we’ll have a Denim Day keychain waiting for you. Remember, today is about the community showing support for survivors and educating ourselves and others about all forms of sexual violence. For more information about Denim Day visit denimdayinfo.org.