For 10 years, advocates across the country have spoken out against rape during Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). Today, Stop Street Harassment’s ally Students Active for Ending Rape (SAFER) is challenging campus communities to recognize this SAAM as Sexual Assault ACTIVISM Month and pledge to change how their campus prevents and responds to sexual violence.
“During Sexual Assault Activism Month 2011, SAFER encourages students, alumni, parents, faculty, and administrators to transform their awareness into activism by pledging concrete action toward ending college sexual assault.
Participants will commit to at least one of the actions listed on our pledge page, which include: joining a national movement to hold schools accountable by participating in V-DAY and SAFER’s Campus Accountability Project; building that movement by submitting definitions of accountability via video or visual media to SAFER’s Tumblr; starting or strengthening a campus sexual assault policy reform campaign; telling SAFER about the movements that they were or currently are part of; and spreading the word to other student organizers, alums, and allies…
Young people have a right to a safe college campus that is free of sexual violence. Join SAFER in moving from awareness to action by holding colleges and universities across the country accountable during Sexual Assault Activism Month 2011!
- Watch our video for campus organizers on recruitment and retention. (Made by one of our fabulous interns!)
- Check out this new factsheet on sexual assault and housing rights on campus, a collaboration between SAFER and the ACLU Women’s Rights Project
- We just updated our Faculty and Staff page with new ideas for supporting students
- We’re currently adding a lot of new content to the Activist Resource Center, like updated case studies and interviews with staff and students who organize peer-run crisis services.
- We’re still blogging on our home turf at Change Happens, but you can now also catch us and other student activists over at Feministing Campus.
- If you haven’t already, take a look at our 2009 Policies Database Report“
I’ll write a more thorough post for Friday about sexual assault awareness/activism month, but in the meantime, you can check out ideas for what you can do – whether you’re on or off campus – about campus sexual assault through the AAUW-SAFER Program in a Box on the topic that I helped write last year.