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In the United States April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities on how to prevent it.

Below you will find information and materials to help educate students and yourself on the topic of sexual assault & bystander intervention.


Sexual violence is a serious public health issue that affects all communities. As many as 1 in 5 women are sexually assaulted in college (Krebs, Lindquist, Warner, Fisher, & Martin, 2007), and while in college, one in 16 men have been victims of an attempted or completed assault (Krebset al., 2007). Research shows male college students are less likely than female college students to report an assault (Banyard et al., 2007).

Prevention 101

There are many pieces that must come together in order to create a comprehensive approach to ending sexual violence. Awareness, risk reduction, response, and prevention are all pieces of that puzzle.


Awareness increases understanding of what sexual violence is and its prevalence. Awareness activities also can inform students and staff on which resources are available for support.


Risk-reduction approaches may help individuals identify warning signs and learn safety tips.



Response occurs following an assault and works to lessen the impact of trauma on survivors and those who are close to them.


Prevention goes beyond raising awareness and reducing risk and engages campus communities in creating long-term solutions to social issues. Effective prevention strategies are address the root causes and social norms that allow sexual violence to exist. All forms of oppression are connected. Oppression creates an environment where inequality thrives and violence is seen as normal and acceptable. To prevent sexual violence, it is necessary to change the culture.


• American Association of University Women Ending Campus Sexual Assault Toolkit

• American College Health Association Sexual Violence Resources

• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Preventing Sexual Violence on College Campuses: Lessons from Research and Practice

• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Sexual Violence Prevention: Beginning the Dialogue

• Clery Center For Security On Campus

• Department of Education Questions and Answers on Title IX and Sexual Violence

• Futures Without Violence/Avon Foundation Beyond Title IX: Guidelines for Preventing and Responding to Gender-based Violence in Higher Education

• Know Your IX

• NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education Understanding Campus Obligations for Student-to-Student Sexual Harassment Guidance for Student Affairs Professionals

• National Alliance to End Sexual Violence Policy Statement: Campus Sexual Assault

• National Sexual Violence Resource Center

• The White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault

• White House Dear Colleague letter on campus sexual violence