Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is an annual campaign that happens every April in the U.S. SAAM has the purpose of raising public awareness of sexual violence and educating people on what we can all do to put an end to sexual violence. We are all impacted by sexual violence. Because of this, each year we host a multitude of different SAAM events with on-campus and community-based partners.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month Events - April 2022
Reclaiming SEXploration
Join FIRE! Sexual Assault Peer Educators for an interactive workshop on the topic of reclaiming exploration within sex and intimacy. In this workshop, we will explore how we can find boundaries, practicing self-intimacy, and how we can guide ourselves towards more fulfilling and supportive sexual and/or intimate experiences.
April 1 at 2 p.m. on Zoom - https://experiencewmu.wmich.edu/event/7997723
April 14 at 5 p.m. on Zoom - https://experiencewmu.wmich.edu/event/7997724

Sexual Violence in Film & TV
Join FIRE! Sexual Assault Peer Educators for a conversation on the portrayal of sexual violence in media! FIRE! Sexual Assault Peer Educators will analyze and compare sexual violence scenarios found in popular media. Additionally, workshop participants will be encouraged to consider how screenwriters use sexual violence as a narrative device within film and TV. A major question we will consider in this workshop: how can we analyze, write, and create media that address sensitive topics, such as sexual violence?
April 7 at 12 p.m. in 3131 Sindecuse Health Center - https://experiencewmu.wmich.edu/event/7997719


S.E.A.: Survivors of Color Healing Art
 Facilitator: Shaquona Espinoza, WMU & FIRE! Alum
S.E.A. is for WMU survivors and victims of sexual violence, intimate partner/domestic violence, and gender-based violence. Historically and contemporarily, sexual violence has been a tool used to dominate groups of people and enact social control. Communities of color each have unique intergenerational histories of being forced to experience this violence, amid other oppressive tactics. Because of this, this event is centering healing for survivors of color. Please join us for a night of painting for reconnection and healing through art. Also, please be respectful of the boundaries of this space. Art-making material provided! Limited seating!
April 8 at 5:30 p.m. in the Trimpe Building - https://experiencewmu.wmich.edu/event/7997722

Reimagining & Redefining Safety: A Conversation on Sexual Violence, Risk Reduction, & Community Care
Join FIRE! Sexual Assault Peer Educators and members of the Lee Honors College for an interactive conversation on sexual violence, risk reduction, and safety strategies. Together we will build knowledge, awareness, and common language so that we may redefine risk reduction for ourselves and reimagine what community care and safety could look like on our campus.
April 12 at 4 p.m. in the Lee Honors College - https://experiencewmu.wmich.edu/event/7997721

Cats Against Catcalls
Please join FIRE! Sexual Assault Peer Educators in partnership with the Kalamazoo Cat Café and Rescue for a community conversation on Catcalling and street harassment. During our time at the Café and Rescue, we will be processing the harm that comes from catcalling, our experiences with street harassment, and our perspectives on tangible steps we can take as a community in hopes of eradicating this violence from our community and society. Limited to 6 people per event!
April 12 at 6 p.m. at the Kzoo Cat Café and Rescue -
 https://experiencewmu.wmich.edu/event/7997726
April 15 at 12 p.m. at the Kzoo Cat Café and Rescue - https://experiencewmu.wmich.edu/event/7997727

Take Back the Night: Survivors’ Poetry
Take Back the Night is an annual and global event that aims to empower survivors of sexual assault through powerful speakers and performers, a march through campus, and a speak-out from survivors, supporters, and advocates. This year’s theme is Reclaim, Reimagine, Redefine. This year we are focusing on reclaiming space, bodies, and language. We are focusing on reimagining safety strategies and risk reduction. We are focusing on redefining healing, sex, intimacy, and supportive relationships for ourselves. Our speeches and performances will be by WMU students, themselves. Following this, we will march through campus and meet at the Flag Poles for our survivor speak-out. Join us!
April 13 at 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. in 2452 Knauss Hall - https://experiencewmu.wmich.edu/event/7995279
*Recruiting Poets to Perform! If you or someone you know would be interested, please fill out this survey: https://forms.gle/YBViFbizXywcsMzX9 

Expectation Liberation: Redefining & Reimagining the Boundaries of Sexuality
Join workshop facilitators in examining how to meaningfully challenge the pressures surrounding sex and relationships by examining ideas about health, consent, self-image and what it means to be a sexual being. Together we will envision a sense of self unencumbered by binaries and boundaries.
April 18 at 5 p.m. on Zoom - https://experiencewmu.wmich.edu/event/7997729