Each year, USF celebrates and observes various national campaigns to increase awareness and support survivors of all forms of interpersonal violence. Use the links below to learn more about these national campaigns and follow @WellnessUSF on social media for ongoing updates. Check out our semester schedule here for a list of programs and events thoughout the month. Together, we can work to normalize a USF community free of violence.
To all survivors: We believe you. We support you. We stand with you.
The month of April is nationally recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), which aims to support survivors of sexual assault, raise awareness, and empower individuals to take steps to prevent sexual violence within their communities. The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) has annually led this campaign every April since the organization's founding in 2000, to engage the public in addressing this widespread issue. For the past 20 years, NSVRC has contributed knowledge and resources within the field to help both individuals and organizations learn how to properly prevent and respond to sexual violence and to achieve lasting change throughout their communities. Learn more about the history of the organization here and join us in the movement against sexual violence!
DAY OF ACTION TABLING | Tuesday 4/5 | 1:00-3:00pm | MSC Bulls Patio
April is nationally recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness Month, which aims to support survivors of sexual assault, raise awareness, and empower individuals to take steps to prevent sexual violence within their communities. Drop by the MSC Bulls Patio to learn how you can join in the movement againt sexual violence. On this day of action, we invite all USF students, faculty, and staff to WEAR TEAL, which is the national color of sexual assault awareness and prevention. Share a photo on instagram wearing teal with the hashtag:"I support #SAAM" and tag @WellnessUSF to be featured!
BYSTANDER INTERVENTION TRAINING | Monday 4/11 | 12:00-1:30pm
Each session equips USF students with the tools and confidence to effectively intervene to decrease instances of interpersonal violence on campus. Learn how to step in and prevent violence, safely! Join Teams Meeting here
Mocktail Event | Thursday 4/14 | MDA 1122
In partnership with USF Health, we will be hosting a Mocktail Event in the Learning and Leadership Room in the WELL to educate students on alcohol awareness and consent.
Real Talk: Let's Get It On Panel | Monday 4/18 | 12:00-1:00pm
Panelists from the Counseling Center, SWELL, USF Health, and CVAVP will answer questions
the audience has about sexual wellness. Join Teams Meeting here
CONSENT&CHILL DISCUSSION | Monday 4/18 | 1:00-2:00pm
Join our virtual discussion each month to address topics such as healthy relationships, bystander intervention, sex-positive consent and more! Join Teams Meeting here
Featured Topic: Supporting Survivors
SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH EXHIBITION | MSC Centre Gallery
Located on the second floor of the Marshall Student Center, the Centre Gallery will be showcasing a variety of art pieces on the topic of sexual violence, including personal experiences of sexual violence and healing; explorations of rape culture; messages of empowerment and allyship; and visions for a world free of violence. The Sexual Assault Awareness Month Exhibition hopes to give artists a platform to share messages on this topic that are important to them. This Exhibition will be displayed for two weeks during the Spring 2022 semester from Monday, April 18 to Thursday, April 28, 2022.
OPEN MIC NIGHT | Monday 4/18 | 7:00-8:00pm | MSC Centre Gallery
As part of the opening reception for the Sexual Assault Awareness Month Exhibit, the Centre Gallery is hosting a safe space where artists can perform pieces on the topic of sexual violence using poetry, spoken word, or any other standing performance. You are welcome to sign up for a spot here. We will also be taking day-of performance requests during the event.
TAKE BACK THE NIGHT | Tuesday 4/19 | 7:00-10:00pm | MSC Amphitheater
As a part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, this event honors survivors of sexual assault by allowing them to publicly speak out about their experiences and their healing process. If you are a survivor of sexual assault and would like to share your story, you are welcome to speak out at any time during the event. If you would like us to read on your behalf, please submit your story here. Submissions may remain anonymous if preferred.
To all survivors: We believe you. We see you. We hear you. We support you. We stand with you.
NATIONAL DENIM DAY | Wednesday 4/27 | All day
Wear denim and take a stand against victim-blaming in honor of Denim Day! This national campaign aims to raise public awareness and protest the harmful misconceptions surrounding sexual violence. Educate yourself on the history of the movement here. On this day, we encourage all USF faculty, staff and students to wear denim to show your love and support for survivors of sexual assault. Share a picture wearing denim on social media with the hashtag: #DenimDay and tag @WellnessUSF to be featured!
The month of October is nationally recognized as Relationship Violence Awareness Month which aims to increase awareness of the prevalence of intimate partner violence, support survivors, and educate individuals on the red flags of unhealthy and abusive relationships. Learn more about Relationship Violence Awareness Month by attending our programs and events throughout the month listed on our semester schedule and use this link for additional resources you can join us in the movement against relationship violence!
Interested in learning more? Sign up for our monthly newsletters to stay up to date with upcoming programs and student involvement opportunities!