Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)

We can all use our voices to change the culture to prevent sexual violence on the Georgia Tech campus. We’re strongest when we raise our voices together, and that’s why we’re working to engage new groups in this movement. These groups can join us in helping our community foster attitudes that promote healthy relationships, equality, and respect. These new voices will have a ripple effect on those that they teach, guide, and influence.

We want to hear from you! Please take a few minutes before 3/29 to anonymously tell VOICE how you have intervened to prevent sexual violence, supported a survivor, or taken action to challenge rape culture here. Your stories of action will inform our April campaign materials. Please check back on this page in the coming weeks as we prepare to officially launch our SAAM campaign in April!

What is Sexual Assault Awareness Month?

Please join VOICE as we recognize national Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) this April with the theme 'Engaging New Voices.' The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on how to prevent it. Through this year's theme, we will work to encourage and inform a wider audience on how they can take action to promote safety, respect and equality to stop sexual violence before it happens and to support survivors in the aftermath. 

Stay tuned for more information about this year's campaign and events, and how you can #useyourVOICEGT.

Take Back the Night

This is a candlelight vigil dedicated to honoring survivors of sexual violence, including rape and sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking. Every year, we invite Georgia Tech community members to share their stories of their experience with sexual or relationship violence, either through anonymous submission or by reading it at Take Back the Night. This powerful event is focused on supporting and elevating the voices of survivors, and educating our community about these issues.

  • Date: April 3 at 7pm
  • Location: Georgia Tech Campanile (rain location: Student Center Ballroom)
  • Join the Facebook event and invite others here.

Workshop - Cultivating Allyship for Survivors of Sexual Violence

We often have questions about how to best support people who have experienced sexual violence. What do we say? What do we not say? How can we build trust and create a survivor-supportive community?

This workshop will address common questions, challenges, and best practices for directly and indirectly supporting survivors of sexual violence. In particular, we will focus on the best ways to respond sensitively and effectively to the survivors we know and ways we can be an allies to those we don’t yet know.  

Sponsored by: Health Promotion, Women's Resource Center, VOICE

  • Date: April  at 6:30pm
  • Location: Marcus Nanotech Building Rm 1116

Teal Ribbon Day - Campus Wide

The entire Georgia Tech community is invited to participate in our 4th annual Teal Ribbon Day as a show of support for survivors in our community and a commitment to preventing sexual violence on campus. VOICE wants supporters to wear the teal ribbon on April 13 and take a photo of themselves, colleagues/friends, or department/student organization, and submit the photos, along with your name and affiliation, to voice@gatech.edu.

  • We also encourage you to share your photo on your department or personal social media page and tag Health Promotion (@BuzzOnHealthGT). Please use the caption: “#useyourVOICEGT. Take the pledge here: www.healthpromotion.gatech.edu/voice/SAAM.” We also encourage you to provide a statement of “why you wear teal” or the action you are pledging to take.
  • Staff and faculty: check your campus mail in April! All employees will receive a teal ribbon along with information on how you can support SAAM. 
  • Students: stop by our teal ribbon pickup locations beginning in April (more information coming soon).
  • Interested in a large quantity of ribbons for your organization? Email voice@gatech.edu with the quantity needed and your organization. 
  • Visit this website in April to print out campaign materials or to learn how to request a teal ribbon poster as a visible show of support for SAAM in your office or organization.