IOWA CITY, Iowa – Monday, April 1, 2019 marks the beginning of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). SAAM is a campaign to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on how to prevent it. The campaign theme for 2019, I Ask, champions the message that asking for consent is a healthy, normal, and necessary part of everyday interactions.
A campaign started by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), the mission is to provide leadership in preventing and responding to sexual violence through collaboration, sharing and creating resources, and promoting research. During SAAM, you’re encouraged to participate in a variety of ways. By using the NSVRC’s Resource Center for SAAM, you can get access to several PDFs, images, event planning guides, and more that will benefit you and your chapter. The NSVRC’s website has several ways for you to get involved, including volunteering, organizing, and learning. The SAAM Blog can offer tips and insights for event planning or what other organizations are doing on their campus.
The prevalence of sexual assault in the United States and North America continues to epitomize the importance of campaigns such as SAAM.
- One in five women and one in 71 men will be raped at some point in their lives.
- In the U.S., one in three women and one in six men experienced some form of contact sexual violence in their lifetime.
- 20 – 25% of college women and 15% of college men are victims of forced sex during their time in college.
- More than 90% of sexual assault victims on college campuses do not report the assault.
It’s time to start the conversation in your chapter/colony. Take part in SAAM by organizing an event in your community. You can also follow along with the Delta Chi IHQ social media accounts all month long as we share resources and information related to SAAM and the #IAsk campaign. For more information, contact Davis Millard, Director of Member Safety, at firstname.lastname@example.org.