Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is a month-long series of engagement opportunities hosted by the Sexual Violence Support & Prevention Office (SVSPO) in collaboration with SFU and FIC partners every January. The purpose of SAAM is to raise awareness about sexual violence and to empower SFU and FIC students, faculty, staff, and administrators to engage with this complex topic in meaningful ways.

SAAM 2024: Masculinities for Humanity

This year’s theme for SAAM is Masculinities for Humanity. Although women, girls*, and 2SLGBTQIA+ people are disproportionately impacted by sexual violence, any conversations or actions to end sexual violence must include people of all gender identities, including men and boys*, as active participants working towards social change. We are inviting the SFU and FIC community to ignite conversations around the concept of masculinities that open space for men and boys to practice emotional vulnerability, community care, and accountability.

*Note: We recognize each person’s right to determine and name their own gender identity. Our use of “men and boys” and “women and girls” includes cisgender and transgender people. To learn more about terms used for gender identity, we recommend the following resources:

Call-out for 2024 SAAM Event Partners

SFU and FIC community members are invited to plan and host events or activities for SAAM. SAAM events or activities can be held in person or virtually and can be open to all or limited to a specific group, such as a department, class, or student club. Potential event partners are invited to take inspiration from the theme, but the theme is not meant to restrict or exclude more general SAAM programming. All approved SAAM Partner events will be posted on the SAAM Events Calendar.

SAAM Events Calendar

Check back starting in November 2023 for upcoming SAAM events and activities. 

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In Acknowledgement

We would like to recognize and thank the members of the SAAM 2023 Advisory Committee, who contributed their time, energy, and commitment to the SFU community: Alyssa Quan, Dr. Bee Brigidi (Centre for Educational Excellence), Jamie Hoholuk, Joeun Chong, Lacy Groeneveld, Maria Abarca, Nadia Mallay, Nicole Ly, Stephanie Hall, Sukhpreet Shergill, and Susanna Hall.