April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, otherwise known as SAAM. Stony Brook University recognizes SAAM through a month-long calendar of events hosted by various clubs and organizations on campus.
SAAM is an annual national campaign run by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) and the Center for Prevention and Outreach (CPO). Student groups and administration alike have been hosting events that will address issues relating to sexual health and even empowering survivors, as well as bystander intervention. Other sponsors include the Weekend Life Council, Center for Womyn’s Concerns, Program in Public Health, University Title IX Coordinator, SBU StandUp Charter, Camp Kesem, H Quad, Kelly Quad, Students United for Action, The Next Generation, Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance, LGBTQ Services, and the Career Center.
A calendar of the events can be viewed here:
On Wednesday, April 15 at 1 p.m., during campus lifetime, there will be a march called “A Walk in Their Shoes” through the Academic Mall to raise awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault. This will be run by the Suffolk Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Donations will also be accepted that will be sent to domestic violence centers all over Long Island.
This march will serve as a good visual representation of the larger issue that is domestic violence and sexual assault.