Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness month (SAAM).  In January, a large group of dedicated faculty, staff and students came together to begin planning for SAAM.  Fourteen different events aimed at reaching all campus populations were planned.  Events were planned to prevent sexual misconduct, to raise awareness for resources and to support survivors and allies.  Pitt was going to turn teal.  In March we learned that we would need to cancel many events due to COVID-19 concerns.  While initially disappointed, the committee soon realized that Pitt could still turn teal.  That we must still turn teal.  That we could still send a message to the entire community that Pitt stands against sexual assault and that we all have power to eradicate all forms of sexual misconduct.        

While we are not able to gather in person this April, we can still support the survivors on campus and in our lives and we can still educate ourselves.  This April, the SAAM committee will offer webinars regarding supporting survivors, identifying and responding to problematic behavior and bystander intervention.  An online resource fair will feature a different resource each day, often accompanied by a question and answer session.  Pitt is also launching a new active bystander campaign that reminds us that we can all be agents of cultural change.  Finally, all campus community members are invited to share messages of support for survivors.  These messages will be posted on the Pitt Supports Survivors webpage.  You are also encouraged to post messages of support on your own social media account during the month of April, using the hashtag #PittSupportsSurvivors.  To the survivors visiting this webpage and attending virtual events: we see you and we support you.     

2020 Planning Committee

2020 Event Schedule

Sexual Assault Awareness Month is about raising awareness and preventing all forms of sexual misconduct.  During the month of April, Pitt turns teal to send a message that our community takes a stand against sexual violence.  The University had many events planned for April.  Due to COVID-19 concerns, some of these events were postponed and other events and resources have moved online.  Please see below for a schedule of  virtual SAAM events.

Virtual Sexual Assault Awareness Month Activities

Event

Date/Time

About

Virtual Resource Fair

April 1-17, 2020

Learn about campus and community resources aimed at preventing and responding to sexual misconduct.  Each day, a new resource will be featured.

Join virtual Q&A sessions with different campus and community resources.

Resource

Date/Time

Link to Join

Q&A with Title IX

Thursday, April 2nd; 3-4pm

Join Title IX  Here

Sexual Assault Faciliation and Education (SAFE)

Tuesday, April 7nd; 2pm-3pm

Join SAFE here

Q&A with Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR)

Thursday, April 9th; 12pm-1pm

Join PAAR Here

Q&A with SETPoint

Friday, April 10th; 12pm-1pm

Join SETPoint Here

Supporting Survivors of Sexual Misconduct 

April 6, 2020

10am-12pm

In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, please join Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR) and the Title IX Office for a webinar designed to help faculty, staff and graduate students best support survivors of sexual misconduct. The webinar will discuss the effects of trauma, how to respond to disclosures of sexual violence, how to provide ongoing support and Pitt specific resources.

Bystander Intervention Training for Undergraduate Students

April 8, 2020

4:00pm-5:15pm

This webinar offers participants the opportunity identify themselves as active bystanders when they observe others in distressing or potentially harmful situations.   Participants will begin to identify strategies and utilize communication skills necessary for intervention in situations they are concerned could be harmful to another person.   Information about consent and student resources are included in this one-hour program.

Bystander Intervention Training for Graduate Students

April 14, 2020

12pm-1:30pm

Join your peers from across Pitt in a discussion-based session designed to help graduate and professional students recognize and respond to sexual harassment and other types of harassment and discrimination in an academic setting. You will learn tips for how to intervene or be an alley, and how to report incidents or get help. The case scenarios discussed will be relevant to graduate and professional students.

Preventing and Responding to Sexual Misconduct

April 15, 2020

10am-11:30am

This workshop will promote a common and consistent understanding and application of the University of Pittsburgh policies, standards, and processes with regard to Title IX.  In addition, participants will discuss the results of the AAU climate survey.  This workshop will include discussions around sexual harassment and how to support survivors of sexual misconduct.  Finally, participants will learn about resources available to all community members. 

Gay Black and Latino Sexual Assault Survivors: Considerations When Working with Marginalized Populations

April 16, 2020

11am-12pm

This webinar will be focused on how to support sexual assault survivors belonging to marginalized communities – specifically gay Black and Latino men. This workshop is open to all students, faculty and staff.  Dr. López will discuss his research on the sexual assault reporting process among gay Latino and Black men and recommendations for supporting gay male sexual assault survivors of color.  Participants will be provided with a brief overview of sexual assault against the LGBT community and students of color.  Additionally, the workshop will provide information on cultural considerations towards working with Latino and Black male sexual assault survivors. Topics surrounding masculinities, heterosexism, and racism will be discussed.  

Supporting Survivors: Messages of Support, Allyship and Survivorship

April 2020

While we are not able to gather in person this April, we can still support the survivors on campus and in our lives.  Check out messages of support from community members all over campus.  To the survivors visiting this page: we see you and we support you.