The Center for Health Education and Wellness (CHEW) is hosting UT’s 7th annual Sexual Assault Awareness month this April. Throughout the month, you’ll have the opportunity to attend and participate in events virtually and in-person that will help you understand consent, learn to support survivors of sexual assault, and how to be an active bystander.
CHEW, along with the Office of Title IX and the Center for Student Engagement, is hosting a variety of opportunities dedicated to raising awareness about sexual assault on campus. Additionally, CHEW will be launching Committed Every Day as a way to celebrate and highlight members of the UT and greater Knoxville community who are committed to ending sexual assault.
“The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence, educate communities on how to prevent it, and bolster prevention efforts throughout the year,” says CHEW Coordinator Bilqis Amatus-Salaam. “I highly encourage the entire university community to get involved and take action to prevent sexual assault and support survivors.”
The month kicks off with SAAM Day of Action on Tuesday, April 6. Wear teal, the official color of SAAM, to raise awareness and start a conversation about this issue. You are encouraged to show off your teal and share how you will take action on social media and tag CHEW (@volshelpvols) on Instagram and Twitter. Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to stop by the Student Union Plaza from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. to pick up a teal item and “I will take action” coloring posters.
“SAAM is important to me because there are so many people in my life that have been impacted by sexual violence or sexual harassment and no one should have to experience that,” says senior biological studies major and VOLS 2 VOLS mentor Trey Klaas. “Awareness campaigns like this help us stay educated so we can be an ally to those affected and help people get access to the resources they need. I’m looking forward to all the virtual talks lined up this month and the spaces provided to talk about these sensitive issues!”
Event attendees and social media participants will be entered to win a “Vols Heart Consent” tote bag featuring T-shirts and a tumbler while supplies last. Learn more about each SAAM event on the CHEW website or the university calendar. Get engaged and help us spread the word!