AIAM Honors April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Dear AIAM Students, Faculty and Staff,
The month of April has been designated Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) in the United States. The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence.
This year’s SAAM theme is Embrace Your Voice, and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s (NSVRC) campaign focuses on recognizing the power of one’s voice. The NSVRC writes,
“How we talk about sexual violence matters. When we reflect on and change how we think and talk about the issue, we can create a culture of respect, equality, and safety. Individuals can embrace their voices to show their support for survivors, stand up to victim blaming, shut down rape jokes, correct harmful misconceptions, promote everyday consent, and practice healthy communications with children.”
I am proud to report that over the 20+ years of AIAM’s existence, we have zero incidents of sexual violence, hate crimes or other criminal offenses to report. Everyone in the AIAM Community plays a role in creating safe and health local and campus communities. Thank you for continuing to do your part by treating others, including the clients and patients we serve, with respect and dignity and keeping yourself and others safe.
During SAAM, our Campus Safety and Security Committee will provide campus postings, social media opportunities, and other activities to further educate and heighten your awareness and knowledge of your role in preventing these issues. You are encouraged to take time to view the materials they will share.
A schedule of activities will be posted. Please share this information with others who may find it beneficial.
Thank you for your positive thoughts and actions which keep our school community safe.
Ralynn Ernest, Ed.D.