Sexual Assault Awareness Month educates and supports

Sexual Assault Awareness Month educates and supports

By Life@TheU

Sexual Assault Awareness Month educates and supports

By Life@TheU
Throughout April, the University’s Title IX Office, It’s on Us student ambassadors, and campus and community partners will host educational and interactive opportunities to raise awareness about sexual assault, support survivors, and guide individuals on how to prevent a physical attack.

Every April, national Sexual Assault Awareness Month provides an opportunity for the University of Miami community to come together to support survivors of sexual assault, as well as have meaningful conversations about how to prevent and address sexual abuse. In support of this important cause, the University’s Title IX Office, It’s on Us student ambassadors, and other campus and community partners will be hosting a number of events that welcome faculty, staff, students, and community members. 

The following is a list of upcoming functions. 

UMPD/Sandler Center Resources and Self-Defense Awareness Familiarization Exchange (S.A.F.E.) class sign up
Wednesday, April 6, at 10 a.m.

Join the University of Miami Police Department and the Sandler Center for interactive tabling activities about preventing assault and learn about the services they offer to help keep everyone safe. Open to faculty and staff members and students, this is a great opportunity to sign up for one of their upcoming self-defense awareness classes. This event will be held at Lakeside Patio; registration is not necessary.

Virtual panel discussion: Be the Change
Wednesday, April 6, at noon

Join an interactive, virtual panel discussion to learn practical tips to help stop sexual misconduct and support survivors. Moderated by Maria Sevilla, the University’s deputy Title IX coordinator, the panelists include Franchine Peters, Roxcy Bolton Rape Treatment Center; Raquel McDowell, University Title IX investigator; and Audrey Cleary, UM Sexual Assault Resource Team coordinator. Learn more about the event and register.

It’s On Us Spring Week of Action
April 11–15

Hosted by the It’s on Us student ambassadors, events throughout the week will dive into various topics around sexual assault awareness, dating, and more. Follow @ItsOnUsUMiami on social media or visit for more details.

Raising the Flag: Supporting Survivors of Sexual Violence
Monday, April 11, at 3:30 p.m.

Join the Counseling Center peer educators for a resource fair and special program recognizing the prevalence of sexual assault on college campuses. This event will take place by the Rock Plaza; registration is not necessary.

Safety planning mobile apps for women experiencing intimate partner violence
Thursday, April 21, at 1 p.m.

The disruptions to social and economic life related to the COVID-19 pandemic have exacerbated factors known to elevate the risk of intimate partner violence and created barriers to service availability for women currently experiencing it. Organized by the Office of Dean Henri R. Ford at the Miller School of Medicine in conjunction with the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Nicholas Metheny, assistant professor at the School of Nursing and Health Studies, will join a virtual panel of scientists and community partners from Toronto and Chicago to address an ongoing need for tailored safety-planning resources for women at the intersection of multiple marginalized identities. Register now and learn more about the binational research program.

Denim Day 2022
Wednesday, April 27

In support of the longest running sexual violence prevention campaign in history, the University community is encouraged to participate in Denim Day. Take part by wearing jeans in support of sexual assault survivors and the need to raise awareness about misconceptions surrounding sexual violence. Interested in sharing why Denim Day is important to you? Submit your photo and story here to be part of the University’s initiative.

For additional information about the University’s Title IX efforts, visit, follow @LifeAtTheU@itsonusUMiami, and @cope_umiami on Instagram, or send an email to