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Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Each year, the University of Denver recognizes Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) during the month of April by hosting a number of awareness and education events for the DU Community.

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Overview of SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH EVENTS

SAAM 2017 Events Flyer

March 30: SAAM Kick-Off with Anne Munch
  • Starts at 7:30PM
  • Davis Auditorium
  • The SAAM Summit will feature a keynote kickoff by Anne Munch on the importance of dialogue around sexual assault and prevention on college campuses.
    • Anne Munch

      Anne Munch

      is a former prosecutor and advocate for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. She has worked extensively with the military in the development of their Prevention and Response programs, consults with colleges and universities across the country, and was the Technical Advisor to the Montana Attorney General's office for two years in their oversight of the prosecution of the sexual assault cases in Missoula, MT.
March 31: Panel Luncheon
  • Jon Krakauer, Anne Munch, and Debbie Osgood will speak in a luncheon panel open to the campus community to discuss their work on the sexual assault cases in Missoula, MT that inspired Jon's book, Missoula and the implications for other college campuses such as DU. Lunch will be served.
    • Jon Krakauer

      Jon Krakauer

      is the author of national bestseller "Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town", a stark and powerful narrative about a series of sexual assaults at the University of Montana that illuminates the human drama behind the national plague of campus rape. His other books include the acclaimed "Into the Wild" and "Into Thin Air" which have been adapted into major motion pictures.
    • Anne Munch

      Anne Munch

      is a former prosecutor and advocate for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. She has worked extensively with the military in the development of their Prevention and Response programs, consults with colleges and universities across the country, and was the Technical Advisor to the Montana Attorney General's office for two years in their oversight of the prosecution of the sexual assault cases in Missoula, MT.
    • Debbie Osgood

      Debbie Osgood

      is a nationally recognized expert on the civil rights laws and regulations that govern institutions of higher education. She is a partner in the Education Practice Group at Hogan, Marren, Babbo & Rose, Ltd. She joined the law firm in March 2016 after 25 years at the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR). Ms. Osgood served most recently as National OCR Enforcement Director and previously as the Director and Chief Attorney of the regional OCR office in Chicago. She handled many of OCR's high profile sexual violence cases, including OCR's joint investigation and resolution with the U.S. Department of Justice at the University of Montana. As a long-time federal career employee (under four different administrations), Ms. Osgood has a unique insider's perspective on how changes in administration affect federal civil rights enforcement in education. Ms. Osgood is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and Brown University.
April 5: BOSS Training
  • 4:00PM-5:30PM
  • Driscoll 135
  • This workshop will help you develop your leadership skills and identify ways that you can speak up and act in different situations. We will focus on leadership development, your preferred expertise in intervening, and practicing practical bystander intervention skills for you to use in order to prevent violence from happening in our community. You will leave this training knowing how to "Be a B.O.S.S.":
    1. Be Aware,
    2. Observe the situation,
    3. Size up their options, and
    4. Speak up and act.
    This interactive training will provide you with the tools to know when and how to "Be a B.O.S.S." and will help you understand how your different roles on campus empower you to be a leader, particularly around the issue of prevention sexual violence. (90 minutes) Participants who complete the training will receive stickers and a hat.
  • register through OrgSync or hcc.BeABOSS@du.edu
April 11: Support a Survivor Training
  • 6:00PM-7:30PM
  • Sturm 133
  • How would you respond if someone close to you disclosed that they had experienced an instance of gender violence? This 90 minute training will help prepare you for being a supportive friend and/or loved one to someone who identifies as a survivor. We will go over definitions of gender violence and unwanted sexual experiences, the impact of trauma, and effective ways to support a survivor. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of common trauma responses and how to best react and provide resources.
  • register through OrgSync or hcc.BeABOSS@du.edu
April 12: Yoga for Survivors
  • 12:00PM-1:30PM
  • CWC Garden Room
  • Event Flyer
  • Please join us for a trauma-informed yoga practice over the lunch hour. We will begin at Noon and practice for approximately an hour. Light refreshments and community time will be available until 1:30. Some mats will be provided, though we invite you to bring your own mats and props, if you have them available. Please indicate whether you will need a mat in your registration.This yoga class is open to community members who identify as survivors of gender-based violence, as well as friends, family, and loved ones of survivors. 25 spots are available. Once the class is at capacity, we will form a waitlist.
  • Yoga Registration PLEASE NOTE:You will need to provide your name for this registration, but will not be asked about how you have personally been impacted by gender violence. By providing your name, you are not providing notice to the University about your experience and will not be contacted by the Office of Title IX. The information provided by you in this registration will be limited to the Coordinator for Gender Violence Prevention and Education. This list will not be shared. Any incomplete registration forms will be deleted to accommodate other members on the waitlist.
If you would like to speak with a confidential CAPE advocate or learn more about DU's policies, resources, and reporting options, please visit du.edu/CAPE or call the Coordinator of CAPE, Kayla Ham, at 303.871.3853. If you would like to learn more about Title IX at DU, please visit du.edu/TitleIX .
April 13: BOSS Training
  • 5:00PM-6:30PM
  • Sturm 233
  • • "Be a B.O.S.S.": How to Harness Your Power to Prevent Violence
    This workshop focuses on the issue of leadership on DU's campus and teaches practical bystander intervention skills for students to use in order to prevent violence from happening in our community. To "Be a B.O.S.S." individuals must: 1) Be Aware, 2) Observe the situation, 3) Size up their options, and 4) Speak up and act. This interactive training provides participants with the tools to know when and how to "Be a B.O.S.S." and helps participants gain the confidence to take action when it is needed, particularly around the issue of prevention sexual violence. (90 minutes) Participants who complete the training will receive stickers and a hat.
  • register through OrgSync or hcc.BeABOSS@du.edu
April 18: Support a Survivor Training
  • 5:00PM-6:30PM
  • Driscoll 135
  • How would you respond if someone close to you disclosed that they had experienced an instance of gender violence? This 90 minute training will help prepare you for being a supportive friend and/or loved one to someone who identifies as a survivor. We will go over definitions of gender violence and unwanted sexual experiences, the impact of trauma, and effective ways to support a survivor. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of common trauma responses and how to best react and provide resources.
  • register through OrgSync or hcc.BeABOSS@du.edu
April 19: Consent Carnival
  • 12:00PM(noon)-3:00PM
  • Carnegie Green, outside of Anderson Academic Commons (AAC)
  • Event Flyer
  • Join us for DU's 5th Annual Consent Carnival! Formerly put on by CAPE, Gender Violence Prevention and Education is organizing the event this year. The Consent Carnival is a key event during Sexual Assault Awareness Month and aims to integrate education with fun. Much like in years past, the Carnival will include snacks, prizes, entertainment, and music, with games and activities focusing on educating the campus community on the importance of obtaining consent in the context of intimate relationships. Featured booths include a "Can I Kiss You”" kissing booth, Giant Jenga, Ice Cream from Sweet Action Ice Cream (vegan flavors included), and Cotton Candy! Come win prizes (bags, carnival teddy bears, buttons) and after making your way around the Carnival, you'll receive a "DU <3 Consent" t-shirt!!
April 21: Into the Light
  • 5:00PM-8:00PM
    • Dinner, 5:00PM-7:00PM
    • Speaker and Walk, Starts 6:30PM
    • Glow in the Dark Yard Games facilitated by ZBT, Starts 7:00PM
  • Driscoll Green
  • Event Facebook page
  • This re-imagined 'Take Back the Night' event will begin with a speaker, then feature a march across campus in honor of survivors of sexual assault. The evening will include food, local music, and education on how to support survivors of sexual assault. This will be the kickoff event for "Be the One" (formerly "Be a P.A.L.").