April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Michigan Tech is hosting virtual events to educate the campus community in order to prevent sexual violence. The following events are available to students, staff and faculty:
- Start by Believing Day, today (April 1) — Michigan Tech is participating in the 5th annual Start by Believing Day through the Title IX Instagram Account, part of a national public awareness initiative created by End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI). As part of the campaign, we encourage students, staff, faculty and the community to take the pledge to Start by Believing and share that they have taken the pledge on their social media accounts with the hashtag #StartbyBelieving. When you take the pledge, You pledge to; Start by believing when someone tells you they were raped or sexually assaulted; Support survivors on the road to justice and healing. Help end the silence. EVAWI is a nonprofit founded in 2003 by Sergeant Joanne Archambault, a retired San Diego Police Department officer, to improve criminal justice and community response to gender-based violence. The organization provides training and technical assistance for law enforcement agencies investigating sexual assault and domestic violence cases.
- Sexual Assault Awareness Month Day of Action, Tuesday, April 7 — Help turn social media teal — the color of sexual assault awareness and prevention — on Tuesday by sharing a teal selfie using #SAAM. Teal ribbons, t-shirts, nails, hair, makeup, jewelry, ties, and other accessories have been popular items worn in the past. Sample post: Today is the Sexual Assault Awareness Month Day of Action, and I'm wearing teal to show my support for survivors. #SAAM #IAsk
- Dial Help Virtual TEAL Survivor Support Group, Tuesday, April 7 — Dial Help, Inc. is hosting a virtual TEAL Survivor Support Group at 7 p.m. Tuesday through Zoom. Contact Paige to join or call (906) 482-9077. TEAL is a free, safe, and non-judgmental community support group for anyone who experienced sexual violence past or present, including childhood abuse. Funded by the Division of Victim Services.
- Denim Day Wednesday, April 29 — Michigan Tech Title IX invites you to wear denim with a purpose on Wednesday, April 29 for International Denim Day to support survivors and educate our community about the forms of sexual violence. Denim Day was founded after a 1999 Italian Supreme Court decision overturned a rape conviction because the victim wore tight jeans. Enraged by the verdict, within hours the women in the Italian Parliament launched into action and protested by wearing jeans on the steps of the Supreme Court. Peace Over Violence, a nonprofit organization in Los Angeles, organized the country’s first Denim Day event in 1999. You can find more information about Denim Day here. Please join us in wearing denim proudly on April 29.
If you have questions about any of these events, please contact Kaylee Kapatos.