Stanford Community to Honor Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Stanford’s Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Education (SHARE) team will honor Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) through a myriad of educational events and activities throughout the month of April.

The SHARE: Education team hopes to use the SAAM as an opportunity to raise awareness about sexual violence at the University and promote the values ​​of consent and healthy sexuality.

In the coming weeks, the SHARE:Education team will also aim to shine a spotlight on Asian American advocates from the disability community whose work intersects with the sexual violence awareness and prevention movement. As part of an initiative to provide education to the Stanford community about the intersectionality of race, gender, disability status, and other core components of identity, the SHARE:Education team will provide information on ongoing advocacy efforts. Reflecting on this mission, the team states on its website that “the intersection between Asian American identity and disability status and its relationship to sexual violence remains largely understudied and unrecognized.”

Here is a preview of upcoming events.

April 5: SAAM Day of Action

To kick off the month, the team will organize a SAAM Action Day Tuesday. From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., students can visit the Day of Action table in White Plaza to pick up SAAM resources and goods. Community members are encouraged to wear teal – the color symbolizing the prevention of sexual violence – and to use virtual zoom backgrounds to show appreciation of SAAM.

April 15: Yoga for Healing

On April 15, the SHARE: Education team will host a Yoga for Healing event in collaboration with YogaX – a Stanford psychiatry program whose mission is to integrate the various mental and physical benefits of practice into the healthcare system. Survivors and their allies are invited to learn more about yoga’s role as a self-care practice and response to long-term trauma. Event Registration is required.

April 19: Take Back the Night

Students can join college campuses across the country to attend the annual Take Back the Night event on April 19. Beginning at 7 p.m. in White Plaza, attendees will participate in a rally with campus activists, followed by a march to Meyer Green. The evening concludes with a speaking out event, during which survivors will share their stories with community members and present experiences of healing and vulnerability. This year’s theme revolves around “Honouring Survival, Embracing Prosperity”, which recognizes both the global struggles associated with surviving sexual violence and the importance of joy and personal recovery for survivors. survivors, according to the Stanford SAAM website.

April 27: Denim Day

The Stanford community will join survivors and advocates around the world in commemorating jeans day April 27. Established by peace over violence more than two decades ago, Denim Day followed a 1998 Italian Supreme Court ruling in which a judge overturned a rape conviction by ruling that because the victim was wearing tight jeans at the time of her attack, she probably helped her attacker remove his jeans and therefore implied consent. The move launched the global campaign to wear denim as a way to raise awareness of misconceptions about sexual assault. The SHARE: Education team will be hosting a table at White Plaza from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in recognition of the annual event.

April 29: Write to heal

Students can reflect on the events of the past month and practice writing as a strategy for coping with the mental impacts of sexual violence during a Writing for Healing event at 12 p.m. on April 28. Staff at the Hume Center for Writing and Speaking will collaborate with the SHARE: Program Educational Team, designed to detail the role of written expression in coping with emotional adversity.

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