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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

UT is dedicated to fostering a campus community that embodies the “VOLS HELP VOLS” commitment. We are all Volunteers; we look out for each other.

As we begin Sexual Assault Awareness Month, we are asking all Volunteers to pledge, reach out, and speak up about this important issue. Join us for a series of virtual events dedicated to raising awareness of sexual assault on our campus. UT is committed to creating a living & learning environment free from sexual misconduct.

Share your event photos and posts throughout the month using #SAAM #CulureOfRespect

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Sexual Assault Awareness, Prevention, and Education Survey

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to take a climate survey on sexual assault and sexual misconduct. The results will be used to guide programming and training initiatives to encourage a healthy, safe and nondiscriminatory environment at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

This survey should take approximately 5 minutes to complete.

Complete the SAAM Climate Survey


SAAM Day of Action
Wearing teal – whether that’s a teal ribbon, shirt, or other accessory – will serve as a conversation starter for important issues about consent, respect, and supporting survivors. Share a selfie of your teal look using hashtags #SAAM and #CultureofRespect. Be sure to tag us @volshelpvols on Twitter and Instagram so that we can see you!

Date: Tuesday, April 7  

‘me too.’ Movement Q&A with Tarana Burke
Tarana will plan to speak about the origins of the ‘me too.’ movement and the premise that the power of empathy is key to survivor’s healing. We can’t wait to have her join us here at UTK.

 Information on ticketing will be available in August.


Hike the Hill in Heels

Date: Wednesday, April 8

To walk in a mile in someone’s shoes is to spend time trying to understand someone else’s perspective. Since 2015, the UT community has Hiked the Hill in Heels to raise awareness about a serious issue – sexual assault. Men, women, and children are invited to walk a mile in women’s shoes to demonstrate their support for this important work and commitment to ending violence.

The hike is not about the distance or even about the heels, it is a time to reflect and recommit to a safe and healthy community. Take this time, whether you hike the hill in your backyard or the stairs in your apartment, we encourage you to hike. Because it is not the distance, but rather the acknowledgment of all we have accomplished and the work still left to be done.

As we practice social distancing to prevent further transmission of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), please take steps to protect yourself and others by putting distance between yourself and other people and by staying home if you are sick.

If you are able,join us as we virtually hike together as a community. To participate in this year’s virtual event, we are asking that participants complete a 1 km or 0.6-mile walk. The walk can be completed at your own pace at any time on Wednesday, April 8.

How to join the virtual hike:

  1. Download the Just Move application from the App store or Google Play
  2. Create a profile
  3. Join the challenge by clicking this link –

Yoga for Healing

We are not able to offer a live virtual yoga session but we believe that stressful times like these are precisely when people need wellness practices the most. Check out the two resources below for yoga options to practice at your leisure.

Yoga For Post-Traumatic Stress – PTSD | Yoga With Adriene

Free Down Dog, Yoga for Beginners, HIIT, Barre, and 7 Minute Workout using the Down Dog App.

Vols Help Vols: Trauma-Informed Responses to Sexual Assault

Following this virtual workshop, students will be empowered to take the first step to support their fellow Vols following disclosure of trauma. Dr. Ragan Schriver will provide an overview of how trauma affects us, discuss how to support a friend who is dealing with the aftermath of traumatic events, resources to go to for help and how to take care of yourself as you support friends.

Date: Tuesday, April 14
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Vols ACT Bystander Training

ACTive bystander training isn’t just for undergraduate students, it’s for faculty, staff, and graduate students too.  Participants in the virtual training will learn how to identify sexual harassment behaviors and red flags, understand the effects of harassment in academia, and apply Vols ACT to real-world situations to prevent and respond to sexual harassment. Three training sessions will be available.

Thursday, April 16 9:00  – 11:00 am (Faculty & Staff Only)
Friday, April 17 2:00  – 4:00 pm (Faculty & Staff Only)
Friday, April 24 2:00  – 4:00 pm (Graduate Students Only)

RSVP required. Registrants will receive the zoom link via email.

Data Dive with Title IX

Join the Office of Title IX staff as we share with the campus community a comprehensive review of the services and supports provided throughout the 2019 year and how you can join in our collaborative efforts to prevent and respond to Title IX related issues at UT and beyond.

Register with your UTK email address to join us on ZOOM

Date: Wednesday, April 22
Time: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Denim Day
In 1992 the Italian Supreme Court overturned a rape conviction because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped the person who raped her remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. Make a social statement with your fashion statement by wearing jeans on this day as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual violence.

Share a selfie of your denim look using hashtags #SAAM and #CultureofRespect. Be sure to tag us at @volshelpvols on Twitter and Instagram so that we can see you.

You can also download this image to write a message to survivors. Share with us on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook by tagging @volshelpvols.

Date: Wednesday, April 29