April is recognized nationally as Sexual Assault Awareness Month and centers across The University of New Mexico are teaming up to help educate and engage the campus community in conversations about sexual violence, consent, objectification and healthy sex.
This year’s awareness theme, established by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, is “Drawing Connections: Prevention Demands Equity.” The campaign calls on all individuals, communities, organizations and institutions to build racial equity and respect. This year marks the 22nd anniversary of the official Sexual Assault Awareness month, but efforts and traction around social change began in the 1940s with efforts of the civil rights movement. Movement efforts during this time were led by Black women and women of color who worked at the intersection of race-based and gender-based violence.
UNM’s LoboRESPECT Advocacy Center and Women’s Resource Center have several events planned in recognition of sexual assault awareness.
Day of Action Consent Fair - Tuesday, April 4 (11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.)
Wear teal to support survivors of sexual violence and visit the SUB Atrium from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Drop by the event to sign the consent banner, learn about the resource centers that serve students on campus and walk away with consent-themed swag. Post a photo wearing teal for the Day of Action and tag @unmloborespect to be entered to win a prize.
Why wear teal?
Teal is the designated color for sexual violence prevention. It signals to the people in your life who may have experienced sexual harassment, abuse and violence that you are a safe person to speak to if they choose to share and an advocate for prevention.
Zine Making Workshop - Tuesday, April 11 (12-1 p.m.)
Join LoboRESPECT Advocacy Center and the Women’s Resource Center for a zine-making workshop hosted at the WRC from noon to 1 p.m. The workshop themes are healthy sex, consent and partner pleasure.
Magic Mike Screening and Discussion - Thursday, April 20
Join LoboRESPECT Advocacy Center in the SUB Theatre for a screening of Magic Mike and a conversation about male and female objectification in film. Snacks will be provided by the Student Activities Center.
NOVA Town Hall - Monday, April 24 (9:30-11:30 a.m.)
The National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) and the Women’s Resource Center will host a town hall panel discussion with organization tabling and more in SUB Ballroom B.