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 around them.

This month, we're asking students, faculty, and staff, to take our pledge to be part of the solution to end sexual violence at Georgia Tech. How will you #useyourVOICEGT? Read what some of your fellow peers have pledged! 

   

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. 

We hope you will participate in this month's events and campaigns and fill out the pledge above to tell us how you will #useyourVOICEGT.

Learn more about how you can work to change campus culture here, and check out the national SAAM campaign here!

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.

  • In addition to sending your photos to VOICE, we encourage you to share your photo on your department/organization or personal social media page using #useyourVOICEGT and tagging Health Promotion (@BuzzOnHealthGT). Include a caption of 'why you wear teal' or the action you are pledging to take, and encourage others to take the pledge to be part of the solution at www.healthpromotion.gatech.edu/voice/SAAM.
  • 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 locations coming soon):
    • All month: Health Promotion Office (Suite 232 - Stamps Health Services)
      • Monday-Wednesday & Friday (8:30am-4:30pm)
      • Thursday (9:00am-4:30pm)
    • All month: Victim-Survivor Advocate's Office (Office 225 - Smithgall Student Services (Flag) Building)
      • Monday-Friday (8:30am-4:30pm)
    • All month: Women's Resource Center (Suite 131 - Smithgall Student Services (Flag) Building)
      • Monday-Friday (9am-4:30pm)
    • All month: Greek Affairs (Suite 141 - Smithgall Student Services (Flag) Building)
      • Monday-Friday (8am-5pm)
    • April 13: Student Center Information Desk
    • Tabling (Student Center Healthy Space - across from the information desk
      • April 13 (10am-2pm) - Teal Ribbon Day
      • April 17 (11am-1pm) 
  • Interested in a large quantity of ribbons for your organization? Email voice@gatech.edu with the quantity needed and your organization. 
  • Interested in a teal ribbon poster as a visible show of support on your department or organization's door? Email voice@gatech.edu.
  • Download and print a SAAM campaign flyer as a visible show of support in your office or room (see sidebar to the right). 
  • Join the Facebook event and invite others here.

Take Back the Night

This candlelight vigil dedicated to honoring survivors of sexual violence, including rape and sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking took place on April 3. Every year, Georgia Tech community members 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.

  • Check out the Facebook event 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 6 at 6:30pm
  • Location: Marcus Nanotech Building Rm 1116

Diversity Film Fest Screening: Brave Miss World

Miss Israel Linor Abargil was abducted, stabbed, and raped in Milan, Italy, at age 18. She had to represent her country in the Miss World competition only six weeks later. When, to her shock, she was crowned the winner, she vowed to do something about rape. This film follows her from the rape, to her crowning, and through her crusade to fight for justice and break the silence. During her travels to speak out and meet with other rape victims, her own trauma begins to resurface. Her serial rapist becomes eligible for parole, and she has to hunt down his previous victims in order to help keep him behind bars. The film explores the trauma of sexual assault through one young woman’s journey from teenage rape victim to Miss World to empowered lawyer and activist.

 

Sponsored by: Georgia Tech Counseling Center, Office of Student Diversity Programs , VOICE and the Sexual Violence Prevention Alliance

  • Date: April 17 at 6:00pm
  • Location: Student Center Theater​