April is Sexual Assault Awareness month

Dear Knox Community,

April is Sexual Assault Awareness month. Since 2001, SAAM (Sexual Assault Awareness Month) has been organized and promoted nationally by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), with a teal ribbon and a themed campaign designed to be positive and action-oriented, with concrete tools to help end violence. Each year the campaign themes have connected awareness with prevention and promoted collaboration, and, most recently, have taken on primary prevention topics like bystander intervention and healthy sexuality.

The 2016 campaign, Prevention Is Possible!, promotes actions individuals and communities can take to promote safety, respect, and equality to stop sexual assault before it happens. From April 25 – 29, Knox will host a variety of opportunities to help members of our community show support for survivors and learn more about ways each of us can get involved to end sexual violence.

Students will be tabling each day in Seymour Gallery from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Go teal for SAAM and join others wearing and displaying a teal ribbon button to show your support for sexual assault survivors while sharing the message that prevention is possible when everyone is involved. You can also pick up one of the new pocket Title IX Resource Cards for you–and one for a friend–designed to provide easily accessible information about Title IX at Knox. There will be free pens displaying www.knox.edu/respect, as well as coloring books for survivors and coloring sheets celebrating SAAM, as well as a variety of other informational materials and resources.

Wednesday, April 27: Denim Day

Make a social statement with your fashion statement and wear jeans on April 27 as a visible means of protest against the harmful misconceptions that surround sexual assault. You can also take the Denim Day Promise to recognize sexual violence is everyone’s issue, participate in the national conversation about rape and sexual violence with the hashtag #DenimDay, support survivors and not blame the victim, and engage in healthy and violence free relationships.

April 29, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm: The Clothesline Project

The Western Illinois Regional Council (Victims Services), in conjunction with the Knox Health & Counseling Center, will be displaying the Clothesline Project in the area North of Seymour Union. The Clothesline Project is a program geared towards increasing the awareness of violence against women. If you or someone you know have been affected by violence and you would like to decorate a shirt regarding your/their experience, there will be an opportunity to make a shirt in the Knox/Lombard rooms in Seymour Union during the same time. Rain location: Ferris Lounge for clothesline display. Special thanks to AFC, ASAP, and SASS for supporting the Clothesline Project.

By promoting safe behaviors, healthy relationships, and responsive policies and procedures, we can create an equitable community where every person is treated with respect and care. Because we all share in this responsibility, if you haven’t done so already, I hope you will complete the Haven for Faculty & Staff interactive online training or take advantage of several other educational opportunities available here. We have also added racks of resource materials for easy access in both the Carl Sandburg Lounge and Taylor Lounge and Games Room, as well as a more comprehensive alphabetical list of local and national resources here. Folders of resource information are available for all faculty and staff, and if you would like these materials, or want buttons, ribbons, pens, pocket cards, or coloring books/sheets delivered to your office or campus mailbox, please let me know.

I will be wearing denim on Wednesday and hope many of you will do the same. We can all make a difference and when everyone is involved, prevention is possible!


P.S. Look for a ‘Take Back The Night’ march, organized and led by students, coming in May!