Sexual Assault Awareness Week

Student affairs office brings awareness to sexual assault with week of programming

Every April, Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) encourages individuals to focus on preventing sexual assault, sexual harassment, and sexual abuse. 2022 marks the twenty-first year of the official recognition of the month, and Lees-McRae strives to be part of that recognition by hosting Sexual Assault Awareness Week each year. 

Sexual Assault Awareness Week this year will take place from Monday, April 11−Wednesday, April 13. The week is full of programming designed for the Lees-McRae community to acknowledge the issues around sexual assault, harassment, and abuse, and is being hosted by the Student Affairs Office in partnership with Opposing Abuse with Services, Information, and Shelter (OASIS). 

OASIS is a North Carolina-based organization that seeks to end domestic violence and sexual assault in Watauga and Avery Counties by providing resources for women and families in need. They provide services for intimate partner violence and sexual violence, offering 24-hour help lines for both Avery and Watauga counties. 

OASIS lists educating yourself, volunteering or donating, and attending special events as three SAAM activities that can make a difference. Participating in these activities can be impactful, as awareness is often the first step toward prevention.  

Sexual Assault Awareness Week Schedule 

Monday, April 11 

11−2 p.m. Clothesline Project in Swank Park (rain location in Canon Student Center) 

4 p.m. Teatime: Be a Brave Bystander in Wily’s Lounge 

Tuesday, April 12 

2:30−4:30 p.m. Consent buttons sponsored by Delta Omicron Theta Sorority in Canon Student Center 

Wednesday, April 13 

Lees-McRae observes Denim Day. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to wear denim and use the hashtag #IWearDenimBecause to represent their solidarity with survivors of sexual violence. 

3 p.m. Documentary and Discussion: Audrie and Daisy (2016) in Evans Auditorium 

By Maya JarrellApril 08, 2022
Campus Life