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Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2021

SAAM 2021 We Can Build Safe Online Spaces.pngSexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is an annual month long campagin to raise awareness about sexual violence. SAAM has been lead by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) since 2001 and celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2021. This year’s theme for SAAM is ‘We Can Build Safe Online Spaces.”

About Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Support Survivors During SAAM NSVRC.pngSSAM is month long campaign to raise public awareness about sexual violence, educate communities on how to prevent it, and bolster prevention efforts throughout the year. This year’s theme, “We Can Build Safe Onlines Spaces,” focuses on practicing consent online and building respectful online communities. 

While SAAM has only been running since 2001, the history of sexual violence awareness and prevention activism goes back far longer. The NSVRC credits the work for feminist activists, specifically Black feminist activism, for the progress that has brought us resources such as rape crisis centers and events such as Take Back the Night.


National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) Events List

Online Events
Dates Vary
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Sexual Assault Awareness Month Twitch Stream w/ CCI: Power Dynamics & Consent

Online Event, Hosted by Flow Arts Institute
Date: April 6th, 8 PM EST
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LGBTQ+ Sexual Violence and Trauma: Dispelling and Disrupting Sexual Violence Rhetoric and Myths

Online Event, Hosted by the LBGT Resource Center
Date: April 8, 4:00-5:30pm
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It’s On Us Week of Action

Online Events, Hosted by the MSU It’s On Us Planning Committee
Date: April 12-17
All events will be taking place virtually, and there will be a mix of synchronous and asynchronous events.
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Sexual Assault Awareness: Prevention is Possible Discussion

Online Event, Hosted by Its Mine Movement
Date: April 22nd, 6 - 7:30 pm EST
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Highlighting Faculty Achievements in the Awareness and Prevention of Sexual Violence

Heather McCauley, Sc. D

Heather McCauley is a Harvard-trained social epidemiologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development & Family Studies. Her research focuses on health impacts of and intervention strategies to reduce intimate partner violence, sexual assault and reproductive coercion, with emphasis on victimization among marginalized populations.

In the last year, McCauley has published 9 academic journal articles such as “Bystander Program Effectiveness to Reduce Violence and Violence Acceptance Within Sexual Minority Male and Female High School Students Using a Cluster RCT,” in Prevention Science. In addition, McCauley is the Co-PI on the National Institute of Health grant entitled “Measure Development to Advance the Scientific Study of Minority Stress in Transgender Individuals.” 

Rebecca Campbell, Ph.D

Rebecca Campbell is a Professor of Psychology and holds a Ph.D from MSU in community psychology with a concentration in statistics. Her research focuses on how contact with the legal and medical systems affects adult, adolescent, and pediatric victims' psychological and physical health.

In 2020, Campbell won the GenCen’s Inspiration Woman of the Year Award, published numerous journal articles and served as PI or Co-PI on multiple grants. She is currently the Co-PI on the Sexual Assault Kit Initaitive (SAKI) Tranining & Technical Assistance Project from the Bureau of Justice Assistance.

Adrienne Adams, Ph.D

Adrienne Adams is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Michigan State University. She is also the Director of Evaluation for a large, urban non-profit organization that offers a wider array of supportive programs for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. Her work looks at local, state, and national domestic violence and sexual assault victim services programs.

In 2020, Adams published two academic journal articles including “The Revised Scale of Economic Abuse (SEA2): Development and Initial Psychometric Testing of an Updated Measure of Economic Abuse in Intimate Relationships,” in Psychology of Violence and “The Frequence, Nature, and Effects of Coerced Debt Among a National Sample of Women Seeking Help for Intimate Partner Violence,” in Violence Against Women.

Hyunkag Cho, Ph.D

Hyunkag Cho is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work. His research focuses on intimate partner violence, with a specific emphasis on criminal justice intervention and immigrants.

Cho has published six academic journal articles, including “Intimate Partner Violence Victimization Among College Students with Disabilities: Prevalence, help-seeking, and the relationship between adverse childhood experiences and intimate partner violence victimization,” in Children and Youth Services Review, as well as a book chapter in Victims of Violence: Support Challenges and Outcomes published by Nova.

Katie Ann Gregory, Ph.D

Katie Ann Gregory is an Assistant Professor of Ecological/Community Psychology and is the Associate Director of the Research Consortium on Gender-Based Violence at MSU. Her work focuses on improving the services of survivors of sexual violence and their families. 

In the past year, Gregory has published 5 academic articles including “Understanding How Domestic Violence Shelter Rules May Influence Survivor Empowerment,” in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence and “Domestic Violence Advocates’ HIV Prevention Practices with Women Survivors: Frequency and Barriers,” in the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. She also serves as Co-PI on two grants from the US Department of Justice.

Karen Holt, Ph.D

Karen Holt is an Assistant Professor in the School of Criminal Justice. Her research looks at sexual deviance and offending, deviance and identity, and stigma.

In 2020, Holt published 4 academic articles including “Decoding the Binary: Reconsidering the Hacker Subculture through a Gendered Lens,” in Deviant Behavior and “Cyber Sextortion: An Exploratory Analysis of Different Perpetrators Engaging in Similar Crime,” in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Jennifer E. Johnson, Ph.D

Jennifer Johnson is a C.S. Mott Endowed Professor Of Public Health, Professor Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine. Her work focuses on the effectiveness of mental health and substance use interventions for vulnerable populations.

Johnson is currently PI on two National Institute of Health grants and the Co-PI on a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant. In addition, she has published 7 articles in 2020 including “Trauma, Power, and Intimate Relationships Among Women in Prison,” in Violence Against Women.

Megan Maas, Ph.D

Megan Maas is an Assistant Professor in Human Development and Family Studies. Her research focuses on sexual development and technology use. More specifically, she is in interested in the internat as a context for gendered sexual socialization through internet pornography use, social media, and sexting.

Maas has published numerous articles in 2020 including “Love Hurts?”: Identifying Abuse in the Virgin-Beast Trope of Popular Romantic Fiction,” which was co-authored with Amy Eliza in the Journal of Family Violence.

Additional Resources

Local Resources

MSU Center for Survivors

Office on campus that provides therapy and advoacy to MSU students who are surirvors of sexual violence. Located on the second floor of the Student Services Building.
24/7 Crisis Hotline: (517) 372-6666
10 am - 10 pm EST Crisis Chatline

MSU Sexual Assault Healthcare Program

Healthcare program for survivors of sexual violence within 5 days of assualt. Located on the second floor of the Student Services Building.

Firecracker Foundation

The Firecracker Foundation has a trusted history of providing healing services to children living in Ingham, Clinton, and Eaton counties of mid-Michigan and between the ages of 3-17 who are survivors of sexual violence. The foundation community includes a dedicated staff, licensed therapists, yoga instructors, well-trained advocates, and volunteers.

End Violent Encounters (EVE)

End Violent Encounters has grown to provide supportive services such as advocacy, medical advocacy, counseling, crisis intervention, children's programs and community education to survivors of many forms of violence including domestic, sexual, stalking, and elder abuse.

MSU Safe Place

MSU Safe Place is a program that addresses relationship violence and stalking. We are located on the campus of Michigan State University and serve students, faculty, staff, their spouses/partners and non-affiliated members in the Greater Lansing Area.

National Resources

1 in 6

1 in 6 is a national nonprofit organization focused on supporting men who are survivors of sexual violence. They also provide support to family members, friends, partners, and service providers by providing information and support resources on the web and in the community.

Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network (RAINN)

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE, y in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help survivors, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.

National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NRSVC)

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. NSVRC also works with the media to promote informed reporting. Every April, NSVRC leads Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), a campaign to educate and engage the public in addressing this widespread issue. NSVRC is also one of the three founding organizations of RALIANCE, a national, collaborative initiative dedicated to ending sexual violence in one generation.

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