Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2018

graphic that states Consent is B A E Before anything else.April is sexual assault awareness month. Events are organized by the Office of Health Promotion and Education's FIREplace sexual assault peer educators. This year’s theme is Consent is B.A.E. (Before Anything Else). Communication is vital in all relationships and one of the most important aspects of communication in a relationship is obtaining consent. 

  • Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo community members are invited to all events.
  • Events are held at the Multicultural Center in the Adrian Trimpe Building on WMU's campus.
  • Free parking is available in lots 39 and 100 for these events.

Consent Kick-Off

Thursday, March 29, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

This workshop is aimed at teaching self-defense as a risk reduction strategy. It is also meant to empower all individuals.

Queering sexual violence

Thursday, April 5, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Join the Office of LBGT Student Services in collaboration with FIRE! Sexual Assault Peer Educators for a discussion of what it means to resist, reclaim, redefine and reimagine sexual violence in LGBTQ spaces.

Take Back The Night

Thursday, April 12

Writing workshop pre-event, 6 to 7 p.m.

This writing workshop invites survivors of sexual assault/violence to record the impacts of their experiences in a creative form. Through this event we hope to help spread awareness about the reality of sexual violence. At the end of the workshop participants can volunteer their pieces to be published anonymously and distributed to various offices across WMU's campus.

Main event 7 to 9 p.m.

Take Back the Night is an annual event that aims to empower survivors of sexual assault through keynote speakers, a march through campus, and a speak-out from survivors, supporters, and advocates. 

  • The presentation will be followed by a march through campus and an empowering speak-out.
  • Food and refreshments follow the march at the Trimpe Multicultural Center. 
  • Donated prizes will be raffled during the program.

For more information

Call (269) 387-2990 or email FIREplace volunteers.