Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) was first observed nationally in April, 2001; however, advocates for sexual assault prevention became visible around the 1940's and 1950's. Learn more about how to help prevent sexual violence in-person and online by checking out the events below.  For additional information on sexual assault awareness see Harvard's Office for Gender Equity or visit the National Sexual Violence Resource Center website.

2021 Apr 02

Prevention in Action: Bystander Intervention & Beyond

Date: 

Friday, April 2, 2021, 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: 

Virtual

Prevention in Action: Bystander Intervention & Beyond invites participants to reflect on their own experiences as bystanders, discover opportunities to improve community climate, and develop personalized strategies to prevent sexual harassment and other sexual misconduct in the spaces where they live, learn, and work.

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2021 Apr 09

Protecting the Civil Rights of Asian-Americans

Date: 

Friday, April 9, 2021, 1:00pm

Location: 

Virtual

Protecting the Civil Rights of Asian-Americans event flyer featuring images of the two guest speakers; one in front of a grey background and the other in front of a pinkish-purple background.

With the unprecedented rise of violence against members of the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, we find ourselves in a moment of reckoning with the longstanding history of racism and misunderstandings around this diverse and vibrant community. How has continued inflammatory rhetoric around immigration and coronavirus pandemic created an atmosphere that emboldens people to perpetrate attacks on members of the AAPI community? 

In observance of Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Institute of Politics is honored to host CEO and Founder of Rise, Amanda Nguyen ‘13, interviewed by Weijia Jiang, CBS News Senior White House Correspondent. Nguyen and Jiang will grapple with questions around recent events and give voice to how the APPI community can be seen and heard.

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2021 Apr 19

Gender Diversity & Inclusion: from A to Ze (Part I)

Date: 

Monday, April 19, 2021, 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: 

Virtual

This interactive workshop introduces audiences to best practices and strategies to promote gender diversity and inclusivity in our classrooms, workplaces, and organizations. Participants will be invited to share from their own experiences, become familiar with LGBTQ+ inclusive terminology, and integrate recommendations for supporting colleagues, students, and stakeholders across the Harvard community.

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2021 Apr 20

Community Conversations: Engagement Information Session & Discussion

Date: 

Tuesday, April 20, 2021, 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: 

Virtual

Join the Office for Gender Equity and community partners for an interactive discussion on the Office’s strategic efforts to engage, educate, and empower community members in areas including bystander intervention, gender diversity and LGBTQ+ inclusivity, and the role of community climate in preventing harm. Come with ideas for how OGE can improve engagement and outreach to your community!

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2021 Apr 21

Understanding and Empowerment: Workplace Harassment and Protection for Survivors

Date: 

Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 12:00pm

Location: 

Virtual

Please join the Harvard Women’s Law Association (WLA) and the HLS Title IX Office for “Understanding and Empowerment: Workplace Harassment and Protection for Survivors,” a practical conversation about understanding harassment and protections available for people who experience misconduct or violence at work or outside of work. This event is the second installment of the collaboration between the WLA and the HLS Title IX Office in observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and will take place on Wednesday, April 21 at 12:00 pm ET. This conversation will be moderated by Andrea Kramer (’90), founding attorney of Kramer Law LLC. Speakers will include Lauren MacLellan, Senior Legal Counsel at Boston Consulting Group (BCG); Shannon Rand, a senior freelance attorney; and Naomi Shatz, Partner at Zalkind, Duncan & Bernstein. Specific topics will include discussion of individuals’ rights as employees, available avenues and remedies should misconduct or violence occur in the workplace, employers’ responsibilities under Title VII and other laws, as well as an overview of newly proposed legislation that would provide anti-discrimination and reasonable accommodation protections for victims of domestic violence at work.

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2021 Apr 21

Sexual Citizens Book Discussion

Date: 

Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

Virtual

In SEXUAL CITIZENS: A Landmark Study of Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus, Jennifer S. Hirsch and Shamus Khan lay out an expansive, empirically-grounded vision for campus sexual assault prevention. Hirsch and Khan’s goal, in sharing students’ stories, is not to make moral judgments or decide what the ideal legal ramifications of assault should be. Rather, with empathy and compassion for the many struggles that young people face, they approach sexual assault as a public health problem and explain it by setting out a broader understanding of how sex is organized and what it means to young people in college. Join us to discuss the book and what all community members can do to create a safe and more inclusive campus.

Please note: A limited number of participants will be eligible to receive a free copy of Sexual Citizens in advance of the event on a first come, first served basis.

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2021 Apr 26

Gender Diversity & Inclusion: Part II

Date: 

Monday, April 26, 2021, 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: 

Virtual

This second session in a two-part series emphasizes a shared understanding of the relationship between community climate and gender inclusivity. Participants will be invited to engage in scenario-based discussions focused on psychological safety, and draw on current academic literature to cultivate inclusive organizational practices for groups ranging from student organizations to professional offices.

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2021 Apr 28

Harvard Wears Denim

Date: 

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 (All day)

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Social Media

This year, Denim Day will be honored on Wednesday April 28th 2021. Denim Day was established in 1999 by the Peace Over Violence organization, as a response to an Italian court case. In 1992, a judge ruled to overturn a sexual assault conviction after stating that the survivor’s jeans were so tight that she must have helped remove them, thus implying consent. The following day, women in the Italian parliament wore jeans to protest this decision and Denim Day was founded. Wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against problematic myths and attitudes around sexual assault. This prevention education campaign asks community members to make a statement by wearing jeans as a visible means of protest against misconceptions that harm survivors and others impacted by sexual assault.

Students, faculty, staff, and all members of the Harvard community are encouraged to participate in Harvard Wears Denim, as part of the Denim Day movement. We are collecting posts for this challenge to be shared on the GSAS Student Center's three social media channels: FacebookInstagramTwitter.

For more information on how to participate, please visit this page.

 

2021 Apr 30

Community Conversation: Looking Ahead with the Office for Gender Equity

Date: 

Friday, April 30, 2021, 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: 

Virtual

Join us for a conversation to close out Sexual Assault Awareness Month and to learn what’s on the horizon as the Office continues its formation through 2021. Share your hopes for the community prevention and response as OGE seeks the input and partnership of students, faculty, staff, and organizations in our shared pursuit of gender equity.

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