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Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Did you know that 11.2% of college students in the United States experience rape or sexual assault through physical force, violence or incapacitation (AAU Campus Climate Survey, 2015)?  College students are not immune to this issue.

Each April, UH Wellness coordinates the campus-wide observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month with various campus partners. Through a variety of mediums, including workshops, trainings, movie screenings, panels and art projects – we seek to bring light to issue of campus sexual assault by engaging our community in ways to step up and prevent all acts of violence.  Past collaborative partners have included the Women and Gender Resource Center, Equal Opportunity Services, Counseling and Psychological Services, LGBTQ Resource Center, Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Student Housing and Residence Life, and Veteran’s Services.

​For a complete overview of campus and off-campus resources, along with information about stayind education and getting involved, please visit the University of Houston's Sexual Violence Prevention and Education webpage.

Event Calendar

Monday, April 3rd
SAAM Kickoff & #UHGoesTeal
(all day)

Join us in raising awareness for the movement to end sexual violence by stopping by our SAAM kickoff from 11 am to 1 pm in the Student Center. Wear your teal today, if you don’t have teal stop by the WGRC to pick up your teal ribbon! Sponsored by UH Wellness & the Women & Gender Resource Center


Wednesday, April 5th
Become an Active Bystander Training Lunch
12:00pm – 1:00pm, Moody Towers

Wanting to become more involved in protecting the UH community from sexual violence? Come join UH Wellness for a free interactive lunchtime workshop about bystander intervention, and learn strategies to look out for your friends while promoting a safe campus. This event is sponsored by UH Wellness and Student Housing & Residence Life and requires an RSVP to Carrie Cooper at ccooper4@uh.edu.


Thursday, April 6th
These Hands Don’t Hurt
1:00pm – 3:00pm, Student Center Satellite

An interactive campus art project using paint that encourages our community members to make a pledge to not use their hands for physical violence.  Sponsored by UH Wellness.


Thursday, April 6th
Myth: Men Don’t Get Raped
5:30pm – 6:30pm, Student Center South Midtown Room

This program and discussion aims challenge the common misunderstanding that men are not impacted by sexual violence and hopes to encourage support of male survivors.  Sponsored by the Women and Gender Resource Center.


Hanging shirts

Monday, April 10th
These Hands Don’t Hurt
1:00pm – 3:00pm, Student Center Satellite

An interactive campus art project using paint that encourages our community members to make a pledge to not use their hands for physical violence.  Sponsored by UH Wellness.


Monday, April 10th
Responding to Students Who Have Been Impacted by Sexual Assault (for Faculty/Staff)
1:00pm – 2:30pm, Student Center South Bayou City Room

A training for faculty and staff to provide knowledge and skills to better respond to incidents of sexual violence on campus.  Employee responsibility, along with an overview of trauma, will be discussed.  Sponsored by the Women & Gender Resource Center and UH Wellness.


Tuesday, April 11th
Pillow Talk
11:00am – 1:00pm, Recreation Center Rotunda

Learn condom negotiation skills and join in discussions around how consent contributes to overall sexual wellness at an interactive tabling event!  Sponsored by UH SMART Cougars and UH Wellness.


Wednesday, April 12th
Food For Thought Workshop: “Healing After Sexual Assault”
12:00pm – 1:00pm, Student Service Center 1, CAPS 3rd Floor Conf. Rm. 302G

This workshop focuses on raising awareness on the impact of sexual assault. Resources for sexual assault survivors and ways of coping with sexual trauma will also be discussed. The latter portion of the workshop will be used for sexual assault survivors and/or allies to discuss and receive support around their experiences. Participation is voluntary and based on each individual's comfort level. Sponsored by Counseling and Psychological Services.​


Wednesday, April 19th
Lunch and Learn: Sexual Misconduct in the Workplace (for Faculty/Staff)
12:00pm – 1:00pm, Student Center South Downtown Room

Attendees will develop an understanding of university policies, procedures and resources to support faculty and staff should issues of sexual misconduct arise in the workplace. Lunch provided. Sponsored by the Women and Gender Resource Center.


Wednesday, April 12th
Become an Active Bystander Training Dinner
7:00pm – 8:00pm, Bayou Oaks Lounge

Wanting to become more involved in protecting the UH community from sexual violence?  Come join UH Wellness for a free interactive dinner time workshop about bystander intervention, and learn strategies to look out for your friends while promoting a safe campus.  This event is sponsored by UH Wellness and Student Housing & Residence Life and requires an RSVP to Carrie Cooper at ccooper4@uh.edu.


Tuesday, April 18th
Trauma Informed Care Training
1:00pm – 2:30pm, Student Center North Synergy Room

Facilitated by Bridge Over Troubled Waters, a community agency that provides support, safety, and prevents domestic and sexual violence. This training will provide resources and skills to respond to incidents of sexual violence utilizing a trauma informed lens. Sponsored by the Women & Gender Resource Center.


Tuesday, April 18th
Is Your Relationship Sweet?: An Ice Cream Social!
8:30pm – 9:00pm, Cougar Village 2 Lobby

Join us for an ice cream social where we will discuss healthy and unhealthy relationships, and how you can help a friend who you might be concerned about!  Sponsored by UH Wellness and the CV2 Hall Council. 


Painting

Wednesday, April 19th
The Clothesline Project
(all day); tabling from 11:00am – 1:00pm, Lynn Eusan Park

Come view The Clothesline Project – a display of t-shirts decorated by survivors of domestic abuse or sexual violence and join us from 11:00am to 1:00pm to create your own to add to the display! Sponsored by UH Wellness.


Thursday, April 20th
These Hands Don’t Hurt
1:00pm – 3:00pm, Campus Recreation Rotunda

An interactive campus art project using paint that encourages our community members to make a pledge to not use their hands for physical violence.  Sponsored by UH Wellness.


Thursday, April 20th
Tag, You’re It
12:30pm – 2:30pm, Student Center Bayou City Room

An interactive sexual awareness program using metaphorical imagery from popular pop culture artist Melanie Martinez. This program aims to create an open platform to discuss the misconceptions of perpetrators of sexual violence and to facilitate a supportive dialogue for individuals impacted by forms of sexual violence. Discussion segment: a small group discussion about surviving sexual assault and finding support within the UH community. Sponsored by the Women and Gender Resource Center.


Thursday, April 20th
Tag, You’re It
5:00pm – 7:00pm, Multipurpose Room

An interactive sexual awareness program using metaphorical imagery from popular pop culture artist Melanie Martinez. This program aims to create an open platform to discuss the misconceptions of perpetrators of sexual violence and to facilitate a supportive dialogue for individuals impacted by forms of sexual violence. Presentation Segment: dismantling the myths around survivors and respondents of sexual assault. Sponsored by the Women and Gender Resource Center.


Meeting

Monday, April 24th
From Shame to Healing: The Journey of the Religious or Spiritual Survivor
12:00pm – 1:00pm, A.D. Bruce Religion Center Atrium

A facilitated discussion group exploring the intersection of sexual assault and religion/spirituality through the lens of reconciliation and shame.  Lunch is provided. This is event is sponsored by UH Wellness and the A.D. Bruce Religion Center and requires and RSVP to Verna Johnson at vdjohnson@uh.edu.


Tuesday, April 25th
Cougars Care Bystander Intervention Coffee Hour
4:00pm – 5:00pm, Moody Towers and Cougar Place Lobbies

Have you ever wondered what you could do to help prevent sexual violence? Have you seen something questionable and not know what to say or do? Do you want to be an upstander not a bystander? Come learn about the new Cougars Care bystander intervention campaign coordinated by UH Wellness as well as Sexual Misconduct Support Services from the Women and Gender Resource Center, and make a pledge to stand up for your fellow Cougars!


Wednesday, April 26th
Denim Day
Wear Denim today to support victims of sexual violence

The campaign was originally triggered by a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped her rapist remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. Sponsored by the Women and Gender Resource Center.


Wednesday, April 26th
"13 Reasons Why" Discussion Group

12:00pm - 1:00pm, Studetn Center Downtown Room

Have you finished binge-watching the Netflix series, "13 Reasons Why?"  If so, come and eat lunch with us - and discuss the series and themes!  Sponsored by Equal Opportunity Services, Women and Gender Resource Center, and UH Wellness​.


Wednesday, April 26th
A Thin Line

5:30pm – 6:30pm, Student Center Ballrooms

An interactive program addressing the dynamic of sexual violence in Greek life while providing knowledge on rights resources and support on campus. Sponsored by the Women and Gender Resource Center.