NIU to recognize Sexual Assault Awareness Month

SAAMApril is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

NIU is committed to ensuring that all members of its community, including guests and visitors, have the right to learn and work in the safest possible community and environment, and to be free from all forms of sex discrimination, including sexual assault.

The university community is hosting a variety of uplifting, educational and engaging events to help bring awareness to the problem of sexual violence.

Real Talk: Until it Happens to You
Tuesday, April 12, 6 to 8 p.m.
New Residence Hall, Community Center 121C

This open discussion about myths and truths of sexual assault on campus and globally and will focus mainly on what the audience wishes to discuss.

LGBTQ Sexual Health & Crafts
Wednesday, April 13, 5:30 p.m.
Neptune East

During this queer-centered sexual health program provides an opportunity to engage in discussion about communication and consent in sexual relationships, and ways to lower risk when going out. Participants also will be invited to craft barriers for diverse bodies as well as your very own barrier carrier.

speakupgethelpBystander Training
Thursday, April 14, 5 to 6:30 p.m.
DuSable Hall 240

Learn how to get involved and be an active bystander in the educational workshop focusing on awareness, motivation and skill-building behaviors to safely intervene in incidents of interpersonal violence.

 

Sexy Survivor: Sexual Empowerment after Trauma
Thursday, April 14, 5 to 7 p.m.
Holmes Student Center Illinois Room

This creative and interactive dialogue around survivors of sexual abuse/assault focuses on how to navigate safe, empowering, sexually healthy lives. Participants will gain tools and strategies to engage in meaningful conversations surrounding sexual assault, consent and how to help others through a sexual assault instance.

Real Talk: Sex? Yes Please
Monday, April 18, 7 to 9 p.m.
Neptune Central 120 (Smart Classroom)

Join in an interactive discussion around the issues and practices of affirmative consent.

Karli Johnson
Karli Johnson

TEDxNIU
Saturday, April 23, (doors open at 9 a.m.)
Altgeld Hall Auditorium

Among the several esteemed speakers at this event is Karli Johnson, co-founder and board member of EVA Alliance. A survivor of domestic violence, sexual violence, bullying and trauma, Johnson uses humor, storytelling and audience participation to engage crowds with these challenging topics. Visit TedXNIU for tickets and more information.

Take Back the Night
Tuesday, April 26, 6 p.m.
First Congregational United Church of Christ, 615 N. First St., DeKalb

Safe Passage invites all to make a stand against sexual violence in the community. The event begins with a brief rally and march to downtown DeKalb. Following the march is a Survivor Speak-out, a chance for survivors to share and for the community members to express solidarity.

Denim Day
Wednesday, April 27, all day

In this rape prevention education campaign, students and the NIU community are asked to make a social statement by wearing jeans as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual assault. The campaign originally started with the women of the Italian Parliament who came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with a victim whom the Italian Supreme Court felt helped her rapist take her jeans off, implying consent.

Photo of a microhponeReal Talk: Behind the Lyrics
Wednesday, April 27, 7 to 9 p.m.
Stevenson Towers South 185 (Fish Bowl)

Join the discussion of how pop culture, such as songs, movies and TV, hide the ways that sexual violence is enacted upon victims every day.

Bystander Training
Thursday, April 28, 5 to 6:30 p.m.
DuSable Hall 240

Learn how to get involved and be an active bystander in the educational workshop focusing on awareness, motivation and skill-building behaviors to safely intervene in incidents of interpersonal violence.

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