Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Sexual Awareness Month Library Display

“It’s Time…to Get Involved.”

Since 2001, the month of April has been recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  The purpose of Sexual Assault Awareness Month is to raise awareness of sexual violence and to highlight efforts and resources to help put an end to it  In keeping with this mission, this year’s theme is, “It’s time…to get involved.”  People are encouraged to learn how to recognize signs of sexual violence and to reflect on whether their everyday behavior serves to condone or prevent sexual violence.  The campaign also highlights ways people can intervene when they see signs of sexual violence in their everyday lives.

Events and Resources at Dominican:

The Take Back the Night march at Dominican University will be held Thursday, April 12

Take Back the Night will kick off here at DU at 4pm in the Quad. At that time DASH will have a speak out/rally. Participants will then walk down Division  to Concordia University. The group will make a stop at the parking lot in front of Priory campus for a Vigil. The Vigil will recognize the woman who was murdered there over the summer.  Participants will then walk to Concordia and end with a closing gathering/rally.

Book display and list of resources:

In collaboration with Dominican University’s chapter of Domestic Abuse Stops Here (DASH), Rebecca Crown Library has created a book display featuring existing and newly-acquired materials related to sexual violence awareness.  This display will be available through the month of April – please feel free to borrow any of these books!

The library has also created a list of resources available at: http://research.dom.edu/saam.  These resources include information on books, journals, databases, and internet resources as well as other information for victims of sexual violence and their families.

History:

The first Take Back the Night on record occurred in October 1975 in Philadelphia when citizens rallied in response to the murder of microbiologist Susan Alexander Speeth, who was stabbed to death while walking home alone.  While this may be the first documented event, Take Back the Night marches quickly sprouted up across the United States and then across the globe throughout the 1970s and early 1980s.  During the latter half of the 1980s, the National Coalition Against Sexual Assault selected a week in April as Sexual Assault Awareness Week.  Both movements continued to expand through the 1990s and into the 21st century.  In 2001, Katie Koestner, a nationally recognized advocate of Take Back the Night, established the Take Back the Night Foundation; additionally, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center declared the first nationally celebrated Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April of that year.  Since then, both campaigns have worked to increase awareness of sexual violence with a focus on prevention.

More Information:

For more information, consult the following websites:

Take Back the Night Foundation –  www.takebackthenight.org/

Sexual Assault Awareness Month –  http://www.nsvrc.org/saam

Crown Library’s  list of resources –  http://research.dom.edu/saam


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