Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month!  Activities and events are provided to give information, resources and referrals for all students on campus. Hundreds of large red flags are displayed in the center quad of campus to represent a percentage of the number of sexual assaults in Utah for the prior year. Information tables with written resources are placed at various locations on campus. Books to promote sexual assault healing are provided free to students. Weekly workshops and/or panel discussions are a regular part of the monthly events.

Purpose: Students will learn how to stay safe, access campus and community resources in the event of abuse and learn how to identify the signs of a threatening situation.

For more information, contact us at 801-626-6090.

2014 Events

..... SAAM Information Tables .....

Stop by our table from April 3 - 9 between 9 a.m. and Noon in the Union Atrium. Come get information on how to keep you and your loved ones safe, freebies, and giveaways!

..... Poetry, Art, & Photography Contest .....

We will be sponsoring a poetry, art, and photography contest. First, second, and third place prizes will be given in each category.

Submissions must be related to the theme: "Breaking the Silence." Entries are due on April 11 before 4:30 p.m. Judging will be on April 14. Please bring entries to the Women's Center office: Union Room 322

..... Your Community Connection Walk Against Sexual Assault .....

This will be a family-friendly event including a raffle, fun activities for kids, crafts and prizes. It is sure to be a fun and educational day for everyone! Saturday, April 12th from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the West Pavilion at Pioneer Park located at 1650 Jefferson Avenue in Ogden.

To guarantee your FREE T-shirt for the walk, use this link to register TODAY!

What is rape?

Rape is a crime of violence almost always perpetrated against women and children by men. The perpetrator overpowers, intimidates, and degrades the victims.

Sexual Assault Facts:

  • Forcible rape is one of the four major violent crimes in the U.S. (FBI)
  • Rape is the most under-reported crime (FBI)
  • Only about one in ten rapes are actually reported (FBI)
  • In 87% of the rapes, the rapist either carried a weapon or threatened the victim. (Phila Study)
  • 50% of all rapes occur in the victim’s home (Wash. DC Rape Crisis Center)
  • 71% of all rapes are premeditated. (Phila Study)
  • Nicholas Broth reports that one-third of all rapists are married. (Men Who Rape)
  • In no instance was the rape assailant’s first and only available sexual encounter. (Men Who Rape)
  • Acquittal rape for rape exceeds that of any other felony. (66 ABA Journal)
  • There are twice as many women raped by their husbands as by strangers. (Diane Russell, Rape in Marriage)
  • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 10 men will be raped sometime in their life. (FBI)
  • Someone known to the survivor commits 80% of all sexual assaults. (FBI)

What Can You Do?

  • Be aware of your surroundings and walk with confidence.
  • Avoid drugs and alcohol.
  • Be assertive - don't let anyone violate your space.
  • Trust your instincts.
  • Avoid propping open self-locking doors.
  • Lock your doors and windows no matter how soon you will return.
  • Watch your keys. Don't lend them. Don't leave them. Don't lose them. Have your key ready to use BEFORE you get to a door.
  • Be aware of unwanted visitors.
  • Avoid isolated spots like underground parking when possible, and walking or jogging alone, especially at night.
  • Use well-traveled streets, park in well-lit areas, and always lock your car.
  • NEVER hitchhike or pick up a hitchhiker.

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