Step Up: Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Join CARE and partner organizations in working to prevent sexual violence and promote healthy sexuality throughout April, Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and beyond. You can support the powerful work of these groups and build your skills through opportunities like CARE classes on the impact of sexual violence and trainings on survivor support.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month was born from an activist history. According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, groups in the 1970s began holding Take Back the Night events, usually including a rally, speak out, and vigil. In the 1980s, a week in April was chosen to concentrate programming. Sadly, such activism remains crucial, especially on college campuses – one in five women and one in 16 men being sexually assaulted while in college.

In addition to annual events like Take Back the Night, hosted by College Feminists, Northwestern’s month of programming also includes opportunities to learn more. The Resource Exhibition on April 6 and April 13 showcased related community resources. By joining quarterly meetings of the Campus Coalition on Sexual Violence, which meets on May 3rd for the spring, you can become more involved in supporting this important cause.