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Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Each April, individuals and institutions come together to raise public awareness about sexual violence in all its forms and educate our communities about how to prevent it. We would like to invite you to join the Well for Health Promotion, the Title IX Office, and the All In Student Coalition to commemorate SAAM 2021! There are more details below on events happening around campus throughout the month. We also encourage you to explore Tulane's SAAM media kit for more information about Sexual Assault Awareness Month's history and other resources you can use to spread awareness throughout the month. 

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April 1st-- SAAM Kick- Off
Thursday, April 1, 12:00-2:00pm CDT
Location: McAllister
Swing by to grab some Bahn Mi from Ba Chi Canteen, SAAM swag, and information about preventing sexual violence on Tulane's campus and beyond! There will be vegan options!
April 7th-- Learning About Sexual Violence-- SAPHE Tabling
Wednesday, April 7, 2021, 12:00-3:00 PM
Location: McAlister
SAPHE will be hosting a table on McAlister where students can come and learn more about the facts regarding sexual violence. Students will receive a SAPHE mystery box for participating in the activity!
April 7th & 8th-- Live Well Hut-- TUPHE Tabling
Wednesday, April 7, 2021, 1:00-3:00 PM & Thursday April 8, 2021, 12:00-3:00 PM
Location: McAlister
Stop by the Live Well Hut to learn about sexual violence prevention and grab a special giveaway!
April 9th-- Gen-Z Gets Sex-y with Peggy Orenstein
Thursday, April 9, 3:30-5:00 PM CST
Location: Online via Zoom (register for link)

USG Sexual Violence Prevention & Response Committee presents this event is in collaboration with Kate Kushner, the Senior Sex Week Coordinator, and students-at-large Sofija Djordjevic and Kate Sonderegger. Gen-Z Gets Sex-y with Peggy Orenstein brings a nationally renowned author and speaker,  Peggy Orenstein, to educate the Tulane community around sexual wellness. This event is an open discussion for all identities surrounding how college students navigate sex and porn ethically in the current era, which is a topic that has not yet been explored by current programming.

To access the zoom link, please register on WaveSync.

April 13th--Tulane Tuesday
Tuesday, April 13, 2021, 11:00-2:00 PM
Location: LBC Pedersen Lobby
Wear your Tulane gear each Tuesday and stop by the LBC Pedersen Lobby between 11AM-2PM to get today's FREE giveaway - a sweet treat from NOLA Cookie CO! Sponsored by the All In Student Committee and the Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life.
** You must wear Tulane gear to receive the giveaway, no exceptions
** Giveaway applies while supplies last and are first come, first serve.
April 14th-- My Body Deserves to be Touched with Affection and Respect-- SAPHE Tabling
Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 12:00-3:00 PM
Location: McAlister
SAPHE will be hosting a table on McAlister where students can come and learn more about the phrase ‘My Body Deserves to be Touched with Affection and Respect.’ Students will receive a SAPHE mystery box and fun stickers for participating in the spin the wheel activity
April 15th-- Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds, a talk by adrienne maree brown
Thursday, April 15, 2021, 6:00-7:00 PM
Location: Online via Zoom (register for link)
The Tulane community is invited to participate in Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds, a talk by adrienne maree brown. Participants will have the opportunity to read and discuss Emergent Strategy, as part of the Deep Dive: A Tulane Leadership Series, while also participating in a talk and learning opportunity with author and activist adrienne maree brown. If you are interested in participating in the deep dive read and engage please go to our website, https://orientation.tulane.edu/deep-dive, to register.
This exciting event is funded through the Millie and Alan Bradley Leadership Gift. It is co-sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs, Office of New Student & Leadership Programs, Newcomb-Tulane College, Carolyn Barber Pierre Center for Intercultural Life, and The Well for Health Promotion.
Participants will RSVP for events on WaveSync. The day of the event, participants will be emailed the zoom link from orientation@tulane.edu.
April 16th-- Fridays at Newcomb: Can a Curricular Intervention Reduce Sexual Violence Among College Students? A Multi-Method Evaluation of Tulane’s GESS 1900: Sex, Power, and Culture
Friday, April 16, 2021, 12:00-1:00 PM
Location: Online via Zoom (register for link)
Join Newcomb Institute for Fridays at Newcomb. On April 16th, we will be hearing from Dr. Katherine Johnson and Dr. Alyssa Lederer.
Dr. Katherine Johnson’s primary research interests are in the sociology of reproduction, which lies at the intersections of the sociology of gender, family, and health/healthcare. Her work addresses various reproductive health issues (e.g., infertility, abortion, childbirth, breastfeeding) as well as specific reproductive technologies (e.g., gamete donation, IVF, surrogacy) and the potential implications for (re)defining gender and family norms. She earned a dual degree PhD in sociology and demography from Pennsylvania State University.
Dr. Alyssa Lederer is an applied behavioral scientist and master certified health education specialist. Much of her work has focused on enhancing young people’s health through the design and evaluation of theory- and evidence-informed interventions, particularly in the areas of sexual health, nutrition, and physical activity. She is especially interested in the intersection between health education and behavior change. Dr. Lederer previously served as Chair of the American College Health Association (ACHA) Health Promotion Section and is the current Chair of the ACHA National College Health Assessment Advisory Committee.
April 19th--Sensuous Knowledge: Thoughts on Black Feminism with Minna Salami
Monday, April 19, 2021, 6:30 PM
Location: Online via Zoom (register for link)
Join Office of Multicultural Affairs, Office of Gender and Sexual Diversity, and Tulane Black Student Union for this special event via Zoom. More details to come.

Multiple award-winning blogger and founder of MsAfropolitan, Minna Salami is a Nigerian, Finnish and Swedish writer, feminist theorist, researcher and the author of the internationally-acclaimed book Sensuous Knowledge: A Black Feminist Approach for Everyone published in March 2020 (Harper Collins). Translated into multiple languages, Sensuous Knowledge has been called “intellectual soul food” (Bernardine Evaristo), “vital” (Chris Abani) and “metaphysical journey into the genius the West hasn’t given language to” (Johny Pitts).

Minna has written for the Guardian, Al Jazeera, World Literature Today and is a columnist for Esperanto Magazine. She has presented talks at the UN, EU, The Oxford Union, The Cambridge Union, Yale University and The Singularity University at NASA. She sits on the advisory board of the African Feminist Initiative at Pennsylvania State University and the editorial board of the Interdisciplinary Journal for the Study of the Sahel. 

April 20th-- Building the Beloved Community at Tulane Conversation-to-Action Series: Conversations about Sexual Violence on Campus
Tuesday, April 20, 12:00-1:00pm CDT
Location: Online via Zoom (register for link)
What is sexual violence? How are we progressing with our efforts to end sexual violence on campus? What are the roots of sexual violence in white supremacy, patriarchy, heterosexism, and other interlocking oppressions? Join us as we talk with some of the leaders to engage these important questions. Chief Diversity Officer Anneliese Singh dialogues with Meredith Smith (Assistant Provost for Title IX and Clery Compliance), Jinaki Flint (Counseling Center Staff Psychologist), and Petey Peterson (Office of Sexual and Gender Diversity Director) to learn about the concrete actions we can take address sexual violence on campus.
For more information and to register for the event, click.
Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 12:00-3:00 PM
Location: McAlister
For SAPHE’s third event of this month, we will be hosting a table on McAlister where students can come and learn more about believing survivors and how to support them. Come by the table for a special "take what you need" activity and grab snacks, a joke, an affirmation, and more!!
April 22nd-- Sex Ed Quickie: Sex after Trauma
Thursday, April 22, 2021, 4:00-4:30 PM
Watch on IG Live @TUCampusHealth
Join the Well for Health Promotion and Dr. Jinaki Flint from the Counseling Center to discuss reclaiming sex after traumatic experiences.
April 23rd-- Lunch & Learn: Racism, Sexual Violence, & the Black Femmes Who Started the Rape Crisis Movement
Friday, April 23, 2021, 11:30-12:30 PM
Multi-purpose Room, Carolyn Barber Pierre Center for Intercultural Life, Richardson Hall
Join the Well for Health Promotion and the Office of Multicultural Affairs for a Lunch and Learn exploring the intersecting origins of racism and sexual violence in the U.S. and the Black femmes who started the Rape Crisis Movement to combat this violence. Lunch will be provided!
April 23rd-- SAAM Resource Fair
Friday, April 23, 2021, 1:00-3:00 PM
Location: McAlister Walk
SAPHE presents the Sexual Assault Awareness Month Resource Fair! The below organizations will be tabling on McAlister to help explain who they are and what they can provide for the Tulane community. Students who interact with all of the tables will receive a FREE Sexual Assault Awareness Month T-shirt! Students who are wearing teal clothing will also receive a prize!
  • Title IX
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Big EC/ SURJ
  • TUPHEs
  • USG Sexual Violence Prevention Committee
  • Greek Ambassadors
  • Mentality Project
  • The Well for Health Promotion
April 28th--Denim Day
When is Denim Day?
All Day on Wednesday, April 28, 2021
What is Denim Day? (*TW: brief description of assault)
The Denim Day story begins in Italy in 1992, when an 18-year old girl was raped by the 45-year old driving instructor who was taking her to her very first driving lesson. He took her to an isolated road, pulled her out of the car, removed her jeans and forcefully raped her. She reported the rape and the perpetrator was arrested and prosecuted. He was then convicted of rape and sentenced to jail. Years later, he appealed the conviction claiming that they had consensual sex. The Italian Supreme Court overturned the conviction and the perpetrator was released. A statement from the Court argued that because the victim was wearing very tight jeans, she had to help him remove them, and by removing the jeans it was not rape but consensual sex. This became known throughout Italy as the “jeans alibi.” Enraged by the verdict, the women in the Italian Parliament launched a protest wearing jeans on the steps of the Supreme Court. This protest was picked up by international media which inspired the California Senate and Assembly to do the same on the steps of the Capitol in Sacramento. Denim Day was born. The first Denim Day event was held in April of 1999, and has continued annually since. To learn more, click here.
How do I participate?
Throw on your favorite denim and take a selfie along with a sign or caption that reads, "Ask me why I'm wearing denim today." Post the image to your personal or office's social media along with a message of support for survivors. Messages like, "I wear denim because I support survivors," or "Rape culture is real but rape myths are not," help to empower and encourage survivors within our Tulane community. Again, feel welcome to get your family or pets involved! Hashtag your post with #denimday and make sure to tag @tucampushealth and @tulanetitleix so that we can repost! And be sure to follow Campus Health and Title IX on social media so that you can see all the posts!