April may be winding down – but Sexual Assault Awareness Month activities are still in full swing. Here are five ways that you can participate before the month is over!
Thursday, April 21st: Twitter Chat Featuring the U.S. Surgeon General
Today at 3PM EST, It’s On Us and Men Can Stop Rape are teaming up to host a Twitter Chat featuring special guest, the U.S. Surgeon General. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy will be answering questions about sexual assault and prevention methods.
Sunday, April 24th: No More Excuses Marathon of Law & Order: SVU
This coming Sunday from 10AM-11PM EST, there will be a special “Law & Order: SVU” NO MORE Excuses marathon in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The marathon will feature star-studded NO MORE PSA ads and video messages from current and former SVU cast members about consent, resources for male survivors, and supporting survivors throughout the marathon.
Also, be sure to join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #NOMOREexcuses.
Follow NO MORE on Twitter for more updates on this event: https://twitter.com/NOMOREorg
Wednesday, April 27th: Denim Day
Wear jeans on Wednesday as a symbol of protest against destructive attitudes about sexual assault.
Denim Day was triggered when a rape conviction was overturned by the Italian Supreme Court because the justices ruled that the victim’s jeans would have been too tight to remove and she would have had to help her rapist remove them. Following the ruling, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. Denim Day is a response to the case and the activism surrounding it.
Community members, elected officials, businesses, and students can make a social statement by wearing jeans on this day as a visible means of protest against the harmful misconceptions that surround sexual assault.
For more information visit http://denimdayinfo.org/
Wednesday, April 27th: CDC Prevent Sexual Assault Thunderclap
Sign up for the CDC Thunderclap to be one of the many voices of the collective blast who will all share the message that Prevention is Possible! Sign up any time between now and next Wednesday with Facebook or Twitter, and on 4/27 the following message will be shared through your social media account:
“Help stop sexual assault before it starts. Prevention is possible! #VetoViolence #SAAM”
Your voice will join with advocates across the country working to prevent sexual assault and bring awareness to the issue. Everyone speaking out at once sends a powerful message that we can all work to prevent sexual assault.
Now Through the End of April: Go Teal for Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Join the thousands of people who have already gone teal for SAAM by adding the teal ribbon to your Facebook or Twitter icon. This is a great way to show your support for sexual assault survivors while sharing the message with your friends that Prevention is Possible!