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Sexual Assault Awareness Month

This project was supported by Grant No. 2015-WA-AX-0024 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.


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 events dedicated to raising awareness of sexual assault on our campus.


Hike the Hill in Heels graphicHike the Hill in Heels

April 3rd
12:30 pm
HSS Plaza

Put on your heels and join us for the 3rd annual Hike the Hill in Heels. Register for free in advance to be guaranteed a t-shirt, or just join us on the 3rd for a hike from HSS Plaza to Ayres Hall. The event is open to anyone who wants to participate—individually, as part of a team, or as a donor to support the Sexual Assault Center of East Tennessee (SACET). In addition to monetary donations, this year, we will collect clothing items which can be dropped off by the registration table at the start of the hike.

Learn more about registering in advance and donating to SACET.

Hike the Hill in Heels is generously supported by the United Residence Halls Council.

Dialogue One: Let’s Talk About Consent

April 6
11:30 am – 1 pm
Stokely Hall Cafeteria
Facilitators: Fletcher Haverkamp & Sarah Gardner

This group dialogue will help student’s understand the University’s definition of consent and gain an understanding of what student’s know about consent. Facilitators will discuss what consent means to students, how the University defines consent, ways that students can ask for consent, and what obtaining consent looks like using verbal and physical responses. Students will participate in small and large group discussions, as well as several activities to help build an understanding of what consent looks like in real-life scenarios. Students will also have an opportunity to ask questions. Students will receive information about on-campus and off-campus resources related to sexual violence and consent.

Dialogue Two: The Impact of Femininity, Masculinity, and Stigma on Sexual Violence

April 12
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Panhellenic Multipurpose Room

In Partnership with Diversity Dialogues

Facilitators: Kerri Frantrell and Renee Mikorski

How notions of gender and stigma relate to the topic of sexual violence.  The facilitators will discuss gender and stigma as it relates to sexuality and, specifically, sexual violence.  After a short presentation,the room will break up into smaller discussion tables with a member of the Diversity Committee being at each table to help facilitate dialogue around the topic.  The program wraps up with a reporting out of takeaways and information provided by the Center for Health Education and Wellness related to resources for sexual violence on our campus.

Dialogue Three: Sexual Assault Prevention and Students of Color

April 17
11:30 am – 1 pm
Stokely Hall Cafeteria

Facilitators: Dr. Amber Thornton & Dr. Victor Ray

Dialogue Four: When Faith Finds Its Voice: How Our Belief Systems Can Speak Out Against Sexual Assault

April 26
11:30 am – 1 pm
Stokely Hall Cafeteria

Facilitators: Britton Sharp and Co-Facilitator

Henley Street Bridge is Going Teal

April 4th – 6th Henley Street Bridge is going teal for Sexual Assault Awareness Month! Take a photo and post it online using hashtag #SAAMUTK.

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