Sexual Assault Awareness Month
April 2021 marks the 20th anniversary of SAAM
Even before its official declaration, Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) was about both awareness and prevention of sexual assault, harassment, and abuse. Looking at the history of the movement to end sexual violence, it’s clear why: It’s impossible to prevent an issue no one knows about, and it’s difficult to make people aware of a problem without providing a solution. The two work in tandem, and they always have. From the civil rights movement to the founding of the first rape crisis centers to national legislation and beyond, the roots of SAAM run deep.
This year's theme is "We Can Build Safe Online Spaces." Sexual harassment, assault, and abuse can happen anywhere, including in online spaces. As we connect online, we can learn how to practice digital consent, intervene when we see harmful content or behaviors, and ensure that online spaces — whether they be workspaces, classrooms, social media platforms, or otherwise — are respectful and safe.
Lambda Theta Alpha condemns all acts of sexual violence - we stand with survivors who choose to come forward to share their stories. We are committed to raise awareness and be a leader in the movement to eliminate sexual violence in our communities. Our organization was founded on the principles of unity, love and respect. In keeping with those principles, we encourage our members to practice healthy interpersonal relationships with open communication, honesty, accountability and healthy physical and emotional boundaries.