What is SAAM?

Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is a month-long campaign to raise awareness about sexual violence and engage communities in conversation and prevention efforts. SAAM was first observed in the 1990’s and was nationally recognized as a month-long campaign in 2001. SAAM gives us the chance to focus the conversation on and spotlight the issues of sexual violence, sexual assault, and rape though we know these issues are important to talk about and highlight year around.

Read more about the history of SAAM. To get involved, email the Survivor Advocacy Resource Center with your questions.

2019 Calendar of Events

Monday, April 1:
Coffee at Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon at Sigma Phi Epsilon House (224 NW 26th St)
  • Hosted by: Sigma Phi Epsilon
Wednesday, April 3:
Love Your Body Day
  • 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Hosted by: Hattie Redmond Women and Gender Center
Thursday, April 4:
Queer Sexual Health/Survivorship Fair
  • 12:00 - 3:00 p.m, SEC
  • Hosted by: The Pride Center
Tuesday, April 9
Trivia Night
  • 6:00 - 7:30 p.m., SEC 112
  • Hosted by SARC
Monday, April 15:
Violence in STEM Fields Event
  • 12:00 - 4:00 p.m., SEC Plaza
  • Hosted by: Phi Sigma Rho and Hattie Redmond Women and Gender Center
Monday, April 15:
Bystander Intervention Training
  • 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., MU La Raza Room (211)
  • Hosted by: SHS Prevention & Wellness and Hattie Redmond Women and Gender Center
  • Register!
Tuesday, April 16:
Indigenous Survivorship
  • 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Native American Longhouse
  • Hosted by: Native American Longhouse
  • Part of the Red Shawl event, beaded earrings will be available to make and the event will feature a guest speaker. 
Tuesday, April 16:
Ice Cream and Consent
  • 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., West Hall Main Lodge
  • Hosted by: SHS Prevention & Wellness and UHDS
Wednesday, April 17:
Resilience and Self-care
  • 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Women and Gender Center
  • Hosted by: Hattie Redmond Women and Gender Center
  • Spend time in community focusing on self-care and resilience while painting messages of hope and resiliency on rocks, doing other crafts, and enjoying snacks.
Wednesday, April 17
It Happened Here - Sexual Assault in College Documentary
  • 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Owen 103
  • Hosted by Keana Pigg and SARC
  • Student filmmaker Keana Pigg documents experiences of violence on the Oregon State University Campus. The documentary will be followed by a panel discussion.
Thursday, April 18
Tie Dye for SAAM
  • 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., SEC Plaza
  • Hosted by Area Council and SARC
  • Tie-dye shirts in blue and teal to support Sexual Assault Awareness Month! Groups will also be tabling.

      2019 Events, cont.

      Wednesday, April 24:
      Denim Day!
      • 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., SEC Plaza
      • Hosted by: Survivor Advocacy & Resource Center (SARC)
      • Tabling and activities by SARC and the following groups:
        • SHS Sexual Health
        • SHS Violence Prevention
        • SHS Alcohol and Other Drugs Prevention
        • Women’s Center
        • Sarah’s Place, Corvallis
        • CARDV, Corvallis
        • Craft Center
        • CAPS
        • What Were You Wearing Art Display
        • ASOSU and Saferide
        • Center for Civic Engagement
        • Pride Center and SOL LGBTQ+ Multicultural Network
      Thursday, April 25:
      Take Back the Day - Taking back our spaces: Using Graceful Revolution to disrupt violence
      • 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., MU 109
      • Hosted by: SARC and PCOSW
      • Through storytelling and conversation, Melissa Bird, PhD, MSW, will walk us through how to engage people in their own spaces, teach us to look at injustices as moments that touch our own lives, and provide information and tools so that we can impact the power structure in our community. 
      Thursday, April 25:
      Reclaiming Resilience
      • 5:00 - 7:00 p.m., Native American Longhouse Eena Haws
      • Hosted by Diversity & Cultural Engagement, Center for Civic Engagement, ASOSU and CAPS
      • Come and be in community with us and reclaim resilience through various forms of healing and empowerment. Engage in restorative art-based practices, learn about queer sex resources, and enjoy food provided by Pupuseria DelValle. There will be several amazing performances and, if time allows, an open mic opportunity.  Accommodation requests to Whitney.Archer@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-1330.
      Thursday April 25:
      Take Back the Night Rally and March
      • Time: 7:00 - 10:00 p.m., SEC Plaza
      • Hosted by: SARC
      • Rally, march and speak out!  * Saferide will be available as a transportation method for students. You must call in to the dispatch at (541) 737-5000 and request to be picked up at Take Back the Night. Do not say you’re at the MU.
      Thursday, April 25:
      Reflecting through Craft
      • 9:00 p.m. - 12:00 midnight, Craft Center
      • Hosted by: The Craft Center
      • Following Take Back the Night, students are invited to walk over to the Craft Center and de-stress/process the events of SAAM and TBTN. Activities include Zine making, watch glass painting, and making bath bombs! Snacks and hot drinks will be available. 


      all month long

      Love Letters to Survivors Zine Making 
      • Hosted by: The Craft Center and CAPS
      • Time: Available all hours that the Craft Center is open
      • Create a Zine as a Love Letter to a Survivor. The Craft Center will have materials available at the front desk all hours they are open. The letters will be made into a booklet that will be distributed around campus. The letters themselves will be offered to survivors to take from both CAPS and SARC offices. 


      April 22nd through April 29th

      Resilience Gallery Walk
      • Hosted by: Alpha Pi Omega
      • Location: APCC
      • Womxn of color and marginalized people of color experience sexual assault and violence at different rates compared to other groups. We want to showcase the resilience, self-empowerment, but also the true realities through a visual platform.