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Every April, Arizona State University participates in Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and joins together to support our community members who are victims and survivors of sexual and relationship violence. All month-long Sun Devils raise awareness about sexual assault and sexual and relationship violence while educating their community members on how to prevent violence.
While sexual assault most often occurs between individuals, sexual assault persists because of a larger societal context which supports violence. This societal context can best be explored through the continuum of violence. Sexual violence and assault exists on a continuum and encompasses a wide range of beliefs, words, behaviors and actions. This continuum can range from more overt beliefs, words, behaviors and actions, such as those which are easily recognized by our community as inherently violent, like physical sexual assault, or to more covert beliefs, words, behaviors and actions, such as those which are not always labeled as violent, like cat calling.
There are many ways to be involved in violence prevention because violence, and that which contributes to violence, can occur in many different online and in-person environments and interactions.
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We recognize that these topics can seem intimidating, but the first step is to engage with them in whatever format you are most comfortable. That could mean reading an article on stalking or domestic violence, attending an upcoming event, following Sun Devil MVP on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, checking in with a friend and more. There are many ways in which we can engage in violence prevention and take action.
We all can play a role in violence prevention by speaking up and stepping in when we notice something that may be concerning or problematic. Sometimes this is during an incident, but other times it is after the fact. Learn more about how to be an empowered bystander.
Preventing any problem first starts with education. This not only begins with you working to raise your own awareness and understanding, but your community’s awareness as well. Start conversations about this topic with other students and challenge myths about violence when you hear them. Learn more about Denim Day and how you can start these conversations online.
Start conversations about consent with friends and partners. Model consent in your daily lives, not just in your relationships.
Identify and address rape culture and all that exists on the continuum of violence.
Take action not only as an individual, but as a community by learning more about the topic, engaging in campus events and acting as empowered bystanders.
Start by listening to and believing victims and survivors. Offer resources and ask how they can feel best supported.
If you feel that you have experienced violence, or that you could use some more information to help support a friend who may be experiencing violence, there are resources available to you: