Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Sexual Assault Awareness Month in black letters with a teal awareness ribbon in place of the

The University of Illinois at Chicago joins the nation in observing Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) in April. Though UIC’s Women’s Leadership and Resource Center focuses on the prevention of sexual violence and other forms of interpersonal violence throughout the year,  SAAM is an opportunity for us to reflect on the work of our center and the larger UIC community.

Through our Campus Advocacy Network program, we have witnessed an increase in conversation and action throughout the university. Faculty and staff are engaging in dialogues within their departments about sexual violence, harassment, and discrimination. Undergraduate and graduate students are spearheading much of the discourse, through student organizations and campus activism. Seeing this growth on campus encourages us to continue supporting the activism of survivors, concerned students, and their allies. We applaud those who share our sense of urgency to address sexual violence and invite you to partner with us in this endeavor.

Please join us this month and beyond to learn how to support survivors, understand bystander intervention, and create a culture of care and action.

Past Events

A black and white, still image from the film showing a Black person in a white tunic sitting and playing a drum with their hands, and another person in a lacy white cape standing behind them with their arms partially outstretched.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 4-6pm
Location TBA

Join us for a screening of this groundbreaking film that explores the international atrocity of rape of cisgender women by cisgender men, and other forms of sexual assault through the first person testimonies, scholarship, spirituality, activism, and cultural work of Black people in the United States.

Hosted by UIC Women’s Leadership and Resource Center. Co-sponsored by UIC Department of African American Studies and SISTERS.

Light refreshments will be provided. Please call (312) 413-1025 or email to request accommodations.

Take Back the Night in turquoise letters with text details about the event in white letters, on a black background, with white t-shirts hanging on a clothesline at the top.

Thursday, April 18, 3-5pm
UIC Quad

Join us in solidarity with survivors of sexual assault as we empower one another through conversation, storytelling, and resource-sharing.

Sponsored by Planned Parenthood Generation Action, in collaboration with UIC Women’s Leadership and Resource Center, Feminists United, Porchlight, Resilience, and In.Power (Howard Brown Health Center).

Thursday, April 18, 6-8pm
African American Cultural Center, Addams Hall, 830 S. Halsted St.

Join us after Take Back the Night for an evening of continued reflection and community building around sexual assault prevention, featuring artist R.C. Riley.

Dinner will be provided. Please call (312) 413-1025 or email to request accommodations.