Yeah! Happy Friday and Happy April Fool’s Day. I actually hate this day because I’m super gullible but I’ve made it this long without being pranked today so it’s a good day so far. I know that Friday is usually our weekly wrap up but I’m changing it up today because April has a great theme and I think it’s important to spread the word.
So just in case you didn’t know April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The mission of this month is to spread awareness about sexual assault and to communicate to others how to prevent it or what to do if it happens to you or someone you know. Here is a list of resources for you to use to raise your awareness and others.
The theme for this year’s campaign is “Prevention is Possible”. SAAM hopes to get the message across that anyone and everyone can help from individuals, to communities, to states and eventually the nation. Sexual assault is everyone’s problem and since it can happen to anyone, we should all want to help prevent it as much as possible.
Being a college student, I’m acutely aware of the sexual violence that happens on colleges. My awareness to this issue is thanks to a recent documentary called “The Hunting Ground”. For anyone who hasn’t watched this I highly recommend it. It can be disturbing to watch the conspiracies that go on at college campuses to cover up such heinous acts of violence but the first step in combating this problem is to be aware and that’s exactly how this documentary will leave you. The Hunting ground has caught the attention of our very own Vice President Joe Biden who is teaming up with Lady Gaga, a victim of sexual abuse and singer of the documentary’s theme song “Till it Happens To You”, to rally and spread awareness about sexual assault at the University of Nevada on April 7.
If you happen to not be Nevada there is another way you can help from where you are right now. Along with SAAM, there is an amazing campaign called “It’s On Us”. This campaign goes on all year and just requires a commitment and promise that you as an individual will help keep others safe and that you will be a part of the solution, not the problem when combating sexual assault. I encourage you to look in your community and state to see if any special events are being help for this campaign. The University of Syracuse is in the middle of their It’s On Us week of events that started this past Wednesday and ends April 8 so if you’re in the area feel free to participate.