Baylor University Observes April’s National Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Awareness, prevention efforts include renowned speakers Tim Mousseau and Brittany Piper, the film Escalation, Teal Thursday and more
By Kaitlyn Rieper, marketing specialist, Baylor Marketing and Brand Strategy
WACO, Texas (April 5, 2021) – Baylor University again has joined universities and communities around the country to increase public awareness and prevention education about sexual assault and interpersonal violence during Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM).
During April, Baylor will provide several opportunities for students, faculty and staff to join the University’s commitment to fostering a safe and healthy campus, the prevention of acts of sexual violence and treating all members of the campus community with dignity and respect.
SAAM Schedule of Events
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
“Retaking Our Story: Reframing the Sexual Assault Conversation” with Tim Mousseau is a virtual event at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Register here.
Mousseau will lead a deep and vulnerable conversation on the delicate topic of sexual assault. After realizing he was a sexual assault survivor, Mousseau turned to advocacy work to help communities to facilitate healthy conversations on sexual assault, provide resources for the survivor recovery process and discuss how the power of personal stories can be utilized in prevention.
Thursday, April 8, 2021
A showing of the short film Escalation at 7 p.m. in Cashion 501 will have limited seating in accordance with the University’s COVID-19 guidelines.
The 40-minute film tells the story of an abusive relationship from its sweet beginnings to the tragic end. The authentic depiction of unhealthy behavior that escalates into violence helps viewers understand and recognize the early signs of relationship abuse.
Thursday, April 15, 2021
Teal Thursday will be hosted on Fountain Mall in Tent 6 from 1 to 3 p.m.
The Baylor community is encouraged to recognize SAAM and show support for survivors of sexual harassment and abuse by wearing teal — the color of sexual violence prevention. The event offers a chance to learn about the resources and options available through the Baylor University Equity, Civil Rights, and Title IX Office as well as receive giveaways, refreshments from Waco Cha and more.
Monday, April 19, 2021
Speaker Brittany Piper will lead the virtual event “After the Assault” at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Register here.
In this interactive program, Piper walks participants through emotional, mental and body exercises designed to root out the toxins that a sexual assault can leave behind. Piper is an international activist, speaker and wellness coach. She uses her own experiences as a survivor of rape and alcohol addiction to motivate and empower individuals to create change and build meaningful lives.
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Denim Day, a sexual assault awareness campaign, encourages wearing denim April 28 in show of support for survivors of sexual assault.
Participants are encouraged to share photos on Instagram with #DenimDay and tagging @BU_Equity for a chance to win prizes. Denim Day was established in 1999 in response to a judge’s ruling that a survivor could not have been assaulted since she was wearing tight jeans. The day has been set aside in solidarity for survivors and in effort to shift misconceptions surrounding sexual assault.
For updates and announcements as the month progresses, follow @Baylor on Twitter.
Report instances of sexual or interpersonal misconduct by contacting the Equity, Civil Rights, and Title IX Office by calling 254-710-8454, submitting a report through baylor.edu/reportit, or visiting the office located at Clifton Robinson Tower, Suite 285.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL SEXUAL VIOLENCE RESOURCE CENTER
The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) is the leading nonprofit in providing information and tools to prevent and respond to sexual violence. NSVRC translates research and trends into best practices that help individuals, communities and service providers achieve real and lasting change.
Each April, NSVRC leads Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), a campaign to educate and engage the public in addressing the widespread issue of sexual assault. On college campuses, research has found that one in four women and one in 15 men are sexually assaulted during their time in college. With that knowledge, individuals, communities and the private sector are already successfully combatting the risk of sexual violence through conversations, programs, policies and research-based tools that promote safety and respect for all members of the community.
ABOUT BAYLOR UNIVERSITY
Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 19,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 90 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions.