Baylor University Recognizes April’s National Sexual Assault Awareness Month
The University continues its commitment to awareness, prevention and advocacy to cultivate and maintain a safer campus
By Katie Valenzuela, senior marketing specialist, Baylor Marketing and Brand Strategy
WACO, Texas (March 29, 2023) – Baylor University is again joining universities and communities around the country to increase public awareness and prevention education about sexual assault and interpersonal violence during Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) in April.
Throughout the month, Baylor is providing events and opportunities for students, faculty and staff to join in the University’s commitment to fostering a safe and healthy campus, preventing acts of sexual violence and treating all members of the campus community with dignity and respect.
SAAM Schedule of Events
Monday, April 3, 2023
Cover the Cruiser and Cha Community
Fountain Mall, 2 to 4 p.m.
The Baylor community is invited to add pledges against sexual violence to a Baylor Police vehicle at the Cover the Cruiser event. Additionally, when participants pledge, they can enjoy a sweet treat from Cha Community.
Wednesday, April 12, 2023
Light the Night/Campus Lit for SAAM
The Baylor campus will be lit teal in support of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Light the Night will be on display at Rosenbalm Fountain, Pat Neff Hall and McLane Stadium.
Thursday, April 13, 2023
Jones Commons (Hankamer/Cashion Buildings), 2 to 4 p.m.
This self-care activity will involve a collaborative art project. The Baylor community is invited to participate in painting encouraging messages on rocks that students can keep as reminders.
Tuesday, April 18, 2023
Equity Dr Pepper Hour
Barfield Drawing Room, 3 to 4 p.m.
Enjoy a Dr Pepper float and meet the dedicated team from the Equity, Civil Rights, and Title IX Office — ask questions and learn more about the work they do.
Thursday, April 20, 2023
Boundaries and Bagels
Baylor Sciences Building Atrium, 9 to 11 a.m.
The Baylor community is invited to enjoy a bagel while learning about the importance of setting boundaries. These boundaries can be applied to friendships, romantic relationships, the workplace, within family dynamics and more — setting boundaries is a valuable life skill for everyone.
Wednesday, April 26, 2023
Denim Day, a national awareness campaign, encourages wearing denim on the last Wednesday of Sexual Assault Awareness Month to demonstrate support for survivors of sexual assault. Participants are encouraged to share photos on Instagram with #DenimDay and tagging @BU_Equity. Denim Day was established in 1999 in response to a judge’s ruling that a survivor could not have been assaulted since she was wearing tight jeans. The day was set aside in solidarity with survivors and to shift misconceptions surrounding sexual assault.
CycleBar: Battle of the Halls
CycleBar Waco, 8 to 8:45 p.m.
Join us for Battle of the Halls at the local Waco CycleBar. Open to all experience levels. Come to learn more about sexual assault prevention, how to support others and available resources from the Equity Office. Please bring a donation for the Family Abuse Center, such as Play-Doh, toiletries, stuffed animals, etc.
Thursday, April 27, 2023
Wellness Experience by DreamScape Waco
McLane Student Life Center, Room 308, 2 to 4 p.m.
Join the Equity, Civil Rights, and Title IX Office for a relaxing, self-care event. Wellness is something that can be incorporated into and prioritized in our everyday lives, and promoting health and wellbeing is especially important for survivors of sexual assault to treat the poor physical and mental health outcomes that often result from traumatic experiences. The Baylor community is invited to learn more about wellness and participate in this event hosted by DreamScape Waco.
HOW TO REPORT
Report instances of sexual or interpersonal misconduct by contacting the Equity, Civil Rights, and Title IX Office by calling 254-710-8454, submitting a report through Baylor’s Report It website, or visiting the office located at Clifton Robinson Tower, Suite 285.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL SEXUAL VIOLENCE RESOURCE CENTER
The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) is the leading nonprofit in providing information and tools to prevent and respond to sexual violence. NSVRC translates research and trends into best practices that help individuals, communities and service providers achieve real and lasting change.
Each April, NSVRC leads Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), a campaign to educate and engage the public in addressing the widespread issue of sexual assault. On college campuses, research has found that one in four women and one in 15 men are sexually assaulted during their time in college. With that knowledge, individuals, communities and the private sector are already successfully combatting the risk of sexual violence through conversations, programs, policies and research-based tools that promote safety and respect for all members of the community.
ABOUT BAYLOR UNIVERSITY
Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked Research 1 institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 20,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions.