Sexual Assault Awareness Month is recognized across the nation in April in support of those who are victims of sexual assault. Among the scheduled events is the Campus Selfie Project. As part of the activity, students take selfies in support of sexual assault victims. Traditionally held the first Tuesday in April, the SAAM Day of Action encourages students to wear teal shirts in support of survivors of sexual assault. In addition, Crime Victims’ Rights Week is also held April 8-14. This event is set aside by local, state and national crime victims’ organizations to spotlight victims’ rights throughout the United States.
AT UIU’s Fayette Campus, UIU Theatre Club and Project STAND UP are co-hosting a staged performance with sexual assault awareness themes on Thursday, April 12. The Riverview Center sexual assault agency will be distributing literature in the Student Center from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Friday, April 13. Strike Out Against Violence will be held during the baseball and softball games on Tuesday, April 17.
Fayette Campus will also observe National Denim Day on Thursday, April 26. As part of the event, staff and faculty can donate $5 to wear jeans for the day. All proceeds will be donated to Riverview Center. Beginning at 7 p.m. in the Student Center ballrooms on Monday, April 30, The Perfect Party will conclude the month’s activities.
“Every victim deserves to be believed, heard and supported,” said UIU Project Stand Up coordinator Joy Jager, while encouraging Peacock student, faculty and staff participation in all of the various events.
The goal of Project Stand Up is to address sexual, domestic, stalking and dating violence across all university campuses. Project Stand Up is supported by grant funding, which is awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women.