Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2022

Together We Can Create a Safe and Supportive Campus Culture

Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is an annual University-wide collaboration to raise awareness about sexual violence and to educate the University community on how to prevent it. This month of events is devoted to supporting survivors, educating the campus community on sexual violence, and creating a campus culture that is empowered to address sexual violence.

Throughout the months of March and April, events will take place throughout campus, covering topics such as survivor support and resources, self-expression, prevention, healthy relationships, and advocacy and allyship. SAAM is a time for us to respect and support each other and those who have experienced trauma. 

Sexual Assault Awareness Month is open to all students, faculty, and staff. Regardless of your knowledge base or experience, we encourage you to attend at least one event to learn how you can prevent sexual violence, support the healing process, and advocate for survivors.

SAAM programs, workshops, events, and resources are being offered to:

  • Raise awareness about sexual harassment, abuse, and assault

  • Educate the Duquesne community on how to prevent sexual violence

  • Empower all to practice consent in healthy relationships

  • Support the healing process

  • Raise awareness of the resources and work being done on Duquesne's campus

Events

View the full Calendar of Events or visit the Events page for information on all SAAM 2022 programming. Questions about SAAM events can be directed to Alicia Simpson at simpsona8@duq.edu

Other Events Throughout April

Turn Campus Teal

Teal is nationally recognized as the awareness color for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Turn the Campus Teal is the university-wide initiative encouraging members of the community to bring teal into the month to raise awareness of all forms of sexual violence. Duquesne's campus fountain will be colored teal in support of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Show your support for survivors and to end sexual violence by:

  • Wearing teal - you can pick up a teal ribbon on March 29th or April 5th at Title IX's tabling event
  •  Access our Social Media Tool Kit - Change your Zoom background and spread awareness by posting on social media
  • Writing a message of support for survivors by visiting the Title IX tabling events on March 29th, April 5th, and April 11th
  • Take the Pledge at It's On Us 

Comfort Clothing Drive

Donate new comfort clothing items (i.e. sweatpants, sweatshirts, lesiure clothing items) for survivors of sexual assault whose clothing may be taken as evidence while at the hospital.

Donations may be brought to the Women's Lacrosse Teal Game on April 10th or dropped off to the Title IX Office (Union Room 339). Please contact Sherene Brantley at lemoniass@duq.edu for additional clothing drop-off times and locations.

#30DaysOfSAAMChallenge

Join advocates, activities, survivors, and supporters who are getting involved in Sexual Assault Awareness Month this April on Instagram. Daily prompts encourage creative ways for you to raise awareness, educate, and connect with others - plus you have a chance to win prizes every day you participate.

Daily activities, instructions, and prize information can be found at nsvrc.org/saam.

Sponsored by: NSVRC (National Sexual Violence Resource Center)

PAAR's Wellness Series

Throughout the month of April, Pittsburgh Action Against Rape's Wellness Series is hosting several events, including Zen Painting, Energy Healing online workshop, SETpoint Self-Defense Workshop, Purrfectly Relaxing Raja Yoga, and Tea for Wellness.

Additional details and sign-up information can be found at paar.net/calendar.

Sponsored by: Pittsburgh Action Against Rape

Graphics and Social Media Toolkit

During SAAM, members of the Duquesne community are encouraged to download and utilize the images found on our SAAM Graphics and Social Media Tool Kit page to spread awareness.

Resource Reminder

For Immediate Help:
• Off-Campus Emergencies Call: 911
• On-Campus Emergencies Call: 412.396.2677 (Duquesne University Police)
• Go directly to the closest hospital near you. UPMC Mercy Hospital is the closest to campus.

Confidential University Resources Include:
• Counseling Services: 412.396.6204
• Health Services: 412.396.1650
• Psychology Clinic: 412.396.6562
• Spiritan Campus Ministry: 412.396.6020

Office of Title IX and Sexual Misconduct Response and Prevention
• Report any violations to the University's Title IX Coordinator and Director of Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response, Alicia Simpson, at 412.396.2560 or simpsona8@duq.edu or on the University's Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct Anonymous Reporting Form.