April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. There will be plenty of slogans, hashtags, and ad campaigns designed to shine a spotlight on sexual violence. Survivors and allies have worked tirelessly in preparation for this month. We want people to know the statistics about rape, to empathize with those who have been isolated from their communities and shamed on campus by no fault of their own. We want to send the message that rape culture affects all of us.
But we don’t want to stop at awareness. Awareness is just one step toward addressing sexual violence. Our ultimate goal is to shift from awareness to action, motivating people to combat rape and sexual assault in their everyday lives. That’s why EROC and our partners in anti-sexual violence efforts are observing Sexual Assault Activism Month.
Often, people want to help the cause but don’t know where to begin. If that’s the case for you, Sexual Assault Activism Month is the perfect opportunity to get involved. Here at EROC, we’ve compiled ways for you to be an activist all month long. With our 30 Days of Activism initiative, you’ll have concrete steps you can take every day to educate yourself, be a better ally, and make a difference. Whether you’re an artist, a speaker, a writer, or someone with a passion for justice, we have the tips and tools you need to make this a meaningful and productive month. If you need some direction to figure out where your talents align with the initiative, check out our page on skills-based activism.
Follow us on social media at @endrapeoncampus to keep tabs on various actions and find inspiration for your own activism against sexual violence. Join the conversation and invite your friends to take part; the more people who get involved, the greater an impact there will be. We need your voice to make it happen.
Being an activist isn’t a one-and-done deal. We aren’t going anywhere once April ends, and we urge you to continue your activism as well. Being an activist also doesn’t mean you have to be an expert in gender-based violence or a seasoned activist. With our 30 Days of Action initiative, we hope to emphasize that everyone can play some part in the activist space, and that we all have a role in ending sexual violence.
Action Item #1? Take the pledge. Commit to take ACTION to end sexual violence this SAAM
By signing the pledge, you will receive weekly updates throughout April regarding action items to consider.