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Sexual Assault Awareness Month

SAAM (Sexual Assault Awareness Month) is a national campaign observed every April to raise awareness about consent and sexual assault. Historically, Health Promotion at DU has worked with campus and community partners to host awareness and education events across campus. Given our new landscape, we are working to maintain connection throughout SAAM. We recognize that the year's events have created a need for transformation and resilience. Check our information and opportunities for engagement below.

Survivor Support Resources

As we navigate COVID-19, CAPE wants to stress that advocacy and support services are still available to any DU community member impacted by sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, and harassment. There are already tremendous barriers to accessing support, and CAPE is committed to continually serving survivors in this difficult time.

CAPE supports survivor healing by providing advocacy and support for survivors of sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, and sexual harassment. CAPE is taking precautions and offering meetings/appointments remotely through telehealth Zoom visits and phone. CAPE is not providing in-person services at this time. All services are confidential and free of charge.

CAPE can be accessed through:

  • Daytime advocacy: 303-871-3853 * leave a voice mail and a safe number, and CAPE will contact you as soon as possible
  • 24/7 Counselor on Call: 303-871-2205
  • Email: cape@du.edu
  • Website: www.du.edu/cape

There are also 24/7 National Crisis Resources:

Support Prevention and Education

We know that for many in our community, supporting prevention and education initiatives is an important cause. While we are not able to collect donations in person this year, we are able to receive support via donations that directly fund Prevention and Education at DU.

The Prevention & Education Fund provides education and skills for students, faculty, and staff to address topics that impact students' well-being, including sexual health, mental health, gender violence prevention, and alcohol & other drugs. To donate to the Prevention & Education fund:

  • Text "THRIVEDU" to 41444
  • Choose or enter donation amount
  • Fill out payment & billing information
  • Click "submit"

You can also directly visit: http://igfn.us/form/ratdGA to make a donation.

Social Media

Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to see our posts throughout the month! We will be sharing videos, pictures, and ways for you to engage with us for SAAM. We are @ThriveatDU on all platforms. If you make any posts or want to share resources, use the hashtag #DUSAAM2020. See you on the internet!

Coloring pages

Looking for a way to de-stress and support SAAM? If you've got access to a printer, check out these coloring pages from NSVRC. Once you finish a page, share it to social media and tag @ThriveatDU and use the hashtag #DUSAAM2020. We can't wait to see your creations!

Consent and Survivor Button Graphics

At each of our on-campus events, we usually hand out give-away buttons. While we may not be able to share these items in person this year, you can download the graphics and share them to your pages, accounts, and on your different platforms. Tag us when you post (@ThriveatDU) and use the hashtag #DUSAAM2020 so we can follow along! When we return to campus, we'll have buttons waiting for you.

Want one of this year's "I <3 Consent" shirts?

While we are not on campus, we encourage you to participate in our engagement and resilience activities! When we return, shirts will be available for purchase with a minimum $10 text-to-give donation (in support of the Prevention and Education Fund) and are available in comfort colors Teal, Coral Red, CornFlower Yellow, and Light Blue. Priority will be given to folks who participate in #DUSAAM2020.

Denim Day - April 29

Curious about why we observe Denim Day?

Denim Day started when an 18-year old girl in Italy was picked up by her married 45-year old driving instructor for her first lesson. He took her to an isolated road, wrestled her out of one leg of her jeans, and sexually assaulted her. Though he threatened her with death, the young woman pressed charges. The driving instructor was convicted of rape and sentenced to jail. He appealed the sentence.

This case made it all the way to the Italian Supreme Court. Within a matter of days the case against the driving instructor was overturned, dismissed, and the perpetrator was released. In a statement by the Chief Judge, he argued, "because the victim wore very, very tight jeans, she must have had to help him remove them, and by removing the jeans it was no longer rape but consensual sex."

Enraged by the verdict, women in the Italian Parliament protested by wearing jeans to work. Their call to action motivated and emboldened the California Senate and Assembly to do the same and Denim Day in LA was born. The first Denim Day in LA was in April 1999, and has continued every year since.

Every year, DU recognizes Denim Day. Wear jeans on April 29th, 2020 to show your support. If you post to social media, remember to tag @ThriveatDU and use the hashtag #DUSAAM2020. Learn more about Denim Day here.