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Advocacy and Prevention of Sexual Violence: Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

This guide serves to provide information and resources for sexual discrimination or misconduct to help prevent sexual discrimination or misconduct.

Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month Resources

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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Learn more about the dynamics of sexual violence as well as healing and other options for survivors. 

What is Consent: Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

  • Consent is an agreement between participants to engage in sexual activity.
  • Consent is about communication (verbal and nonverbal).
  • Giving consent for one activity, one time does not mean giving consent for increased or recurring sexual contact.
  • You can withdraw consent at any point if you feel uncomfortable: clearly communicate to your partner that you wish to stop.
  • Positive consent can look like
    • "Is this okay?"
    • Explicitly agreeing using affirmative statements: "Yes" or "I'm open to trying."
    • Using physical cues to let the other person know you're comfortable taking things to the next level.
  • Positive consent does NOT look like
    • Refusing to acknowledge "no."
    • Assuming that wearing certain clothes or kissing is an invitation for something more.
    • Someone being under the legal age of consent.
    • Someone being incapacitated by drugs or alcohol.
    • Pressuring someone into sexual activity.
    • Assuming you have permission because you've done it in the past.

Source: Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)