Upper Iowa University President William R. Duffy II (seated, right) signed Resolution #2021 on Monday, March 29, proclaiming April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) at Upper Iowa University.
In the early 2000s, the primary goal of SAAM was awareness — both raising visibility of the teal ribbon and the meaning behind it. By the mid-2000s, SAAM incorporated prevention more heavily, focusing on areas such as communities, workplaces, and college campuses. These campaigns discussed strategies for individuals and communities to stop sexual assault before it happens through promoting behavior change and respect.
The history of SAAM has shown that, no matter what, those who want to end sexual assault and abuse will always find ways to advocate for awareness and prevention. Looking forward, SAAM will continue to grow, reaching even more audiences with the message that a world free of sexual assault and abuse is possible.