Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)

(Updated: April 2017)

Engaging New Voices

The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities on how to prevent it.  The National Sexual Violence Center offers a theme and resources each year. This year’s theme is Engaging New Voices. (More information can be found at:

Look for:

  • A campus wide email from President Mullen acknowledging April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month
  • Napkin holder inserts focusing on Title IX and Consent which will be displayed in both McKinley’s and Brooks dining halls through- out the month of April
  • Social Media Awareness Campaign which shares messages about the prevention of sexual assault


Planned Events:

Monday, April 10

  • Bystander Training (last session of year)
    • 6-7:30 pm
    • Facilitated by Women’s Services, Inc.
    • The nationally acclaimed model, “Bringing in the Bystander” teaches participants how to safely intervene in instances where sexual violence, relationship violence or stalking may be occurring or where there may be a risk that it will occur. The program is also applicable more widely in that it will help community members actively confront and challenge all forms of harassment and discrimination.
    • For registration and location contact Gilly Ford at or by phone (814)332-3085

Thursday, April 13

  • Don McPherson – from NFL Quarterback to Anti-sexual Violence Advocate
    • 7:30 pm
    • Henderson Auditorium, Quigley Hall
    • In partnership with Athletics Department
    • Speaker: Don McPherson
    • Don McPherson is a former NFL quarterback, current social justice advocate, and feminist. Join him for a conversation about relationship violence and becoming an ally in the anti- sexual violence movement. Learn more about Don here.

Monday, April 17

  • Know Your Resources” – session focused on Title IX
    • 6:00 pm
    • Campus Center room 301/302
    • In coordination with ASG’s Diversity Committee
    • A presentation featuring Allegheny’s Title IX Coordinator, Gilly Ford, and a discussion on the topic of the Title IX process to follow.

Tuesday, April 18

  • Safety Day – a variety of venders will be present
    • 11:30 pm – 1 pm
    • Camus Center Lobby
    • In collaboration with the Wellness Committee

Thursday, April 20

  • Brother to Brother Event
    • 7:00 pm
    • IDEAS Center
    • Nu Mu Sigmas, Brother 2 Brother, and MOCAA
    • A Conversation About Sexual Assault Prevention w/Title IX Coordinator Gilly Ford

Tuesday – Thursday, April 25-27

  • It’s On US” – pledge signing
    • 11:30 am -1:00 pm
    • Campus Center Lobby
    • ASG sponsored
    • The campaign seeks to engage college students and all members of campus communities in preventing sexual assault.
    • “It’s On Us” aims to fundamentally shift the way we think about sexual assault, by inspiring everyone to see it as their responsibility to do something, big or small, to prevent it. The campaign reflects the belief that sexual assault isn’t just as issue involving a crime committed by a perpetrator against a victim, but one in which the rest of us also have a role to play. We are committed to creating an environment – be it a dorm room, a party, a bar or club, or the greater college campus – where sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported.

Thursday, April 27

  • Take Back the Night
    • 7:30 pm – 9 pm
    • March starts on the Gator Quad and ends at Diamond Park
    • Take Back the Night is an international initiative to protest rape and all other forms of violence, as an effort to mobilize greater dialogue and social action.