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 community partners. SAAM aims to raise awareness about sexual violence and is a unique opportunity that opens the entire university community to engage in this complex topic in accessible ways. 

The focus of SAAM is a positive one, with the goal to inspire people to realize that preventing sexual assault is everyone’s responsibility and that there are many ways we can raise awareness and end sexual violence. SAAM is intended to be an inclusive, intersectional, trauma informed and action-based program.

SAAM is a campaign that takes places annually in January. This year SAAM launches on January 6th and runs until January 31st 2020. SAAM is a combination of communication, outreach, and events. Take part in this conversation by learning more through social media, blog articles, or by attending events. Show your commitment towards ending sexual violence by raising awareness within your university community group and by creating a culture of consent, care, and respect.

* SAAM Communicators Toolkit and Messaging Guide 2020.docx
Click here to download the SAAM 2020 Communications Toolkit and Messaging Guide.

SAAM 2020 Events

Event Name: Women’s Basketball game

Date: January 9, 2020

Time: 7:00pm

Location: West Gym of the Lorne Davies Complex, Burnaby Campus

Join us Thursday January 9th, when the SFU Women’s Basketball is back in action in the West Gym, taking on Seattle Pacific University at 7PM. Thursday night matchup will support Sexual Assault Awareness Month, providing free chocolates to the crowd. Special Olympics athletes will also be recognized at half time.

Partner: SFU Athletics


Event Name: Semester in Dialogue conversation 'Wicked Problems'

Date: January 14th     

Time: 9:30am to 12pm 

Closed session; only students enrolled in Semester in Dialogue will be able to participate in this session.

In this session, Semester in Dialogue participants will explore the theme “Wicked Problems” through the lense of Bystander Intervention. What does it mean to be an active bystander? How does power and privilege in our society impact how we see and don’t see social issues? What is consent and how do we interpret it? 

Partner: SFU’s Semester in Dialogue


Event Name: Curriculum for Change 

Date: Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Time: 9:00am to 12:30pm

Registration: TBA

A workshop for SFU Student Services staff to examine beliefs, values and understandings of sex work, and how these impacts the delivery of support services and also sex workers' access to services.

Partner: Living in Community

Feel free to reach out to Willow Leach, Educational Program Assistant, by email at for more information.

You can also follow the SVSPO's peer program, the Active Bystander Network, on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook to stay tuned on SAAM events and competitions for prizes.

Please also be sure to visit all three campus libraries, as well as the SFSS Women's Centre Library on the Burnaby campus, to check out the book displays for SAAM, and take out some great books related to SAAM!

A Note Of Thanks & Acknowledgment

It takes all of us to foster conversations and awareness, and create a culture of consent. In the formation of SAAM, we thank and recognize the work and collaborative effort from our committee members partners including—but not limited to—SFU Residence and Housing, SFSS Out On Campus, SFSS Women’s Centre, SFU Human Resources, SFU University Communications, SFPIRG, GSWS Student Union, Fraser International College, SFU Active Bystander Network, SFSS, and SFU Athletics.