Sexual Assault Awareness Month April 2022

Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is observed in April and focuses on both awareness and prevention of sexual assault, harassment, and abuse. During the late 1980s, the National Coalitions Against Sexual Assault (NCASA) polled other state coalitions and it was determined that a week in April would be the time to raise awareness about sexual violence. The non-profit National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) was established in 2000 to lead the SAAM campaign. In April 2001, NSVRC coordinated the first formally recognized national SAAM campaign. In 2009, former president Barack Obama was the first president who officially proclaimed the month of April as SAAM. The color teal and the teal ribbon was adopted as the symbol of sexual assault awareness and prevention.

Please join the Title IX Compliance Office in observing SAAM during the month of April on HSC campus. Listed below are the events planned to bring awareness about sexual violence to the HSC community. We look forward to seeing you at the events!

Sexual Assault Awareness Month Kick-off
Monday, April 4th
9am to 11am
MET lobby
Grab a cup of coffee and treats with the Title IX Compliance to kick-off Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and learn how you can raise awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on how to prevent sexual violence.

Lunch & Learn – Sexual Assault Awareness with the Women’s Center of Tarrant County
Tuesday, April 12th
12pm to 1pm
EAD 291
Please join the Sarah Berlanga from the Women’s Center of Tarrant County to learn about sexual violence and its impact within Tarrant County. Free lunch will be provided to the first 15 attendees

Wear Your Denim
Wednesday, April 27th
All day
The Title IX Compliance Office ask the HSC community to wear denim to bring awareness to Sexual Assault and Sexual Violence. Stand in solidarity with HSC campus by saying no to prohibited conduct such as sexual assault. For more information about the history of Denim Day, please visit Why Denim? — Denim Day (

Teal on Tuesday
Every Tuesday in the month of April
All day
Teal is the adopted color for sexual assault awareness and prevention. Join us by wearing teal every Tuesday in April to show your support in making the HSC Community free from sexual assault, harassment, and abuse.

Reporting Sexual Assault, Harassment, Abuse, and other prohibited conduct

Students and unrelated third parties are encouraged to report acts of prohibited conduct. However, HSC employees must promptly inform the HSC Title IX Coordinator of all reports or knowledge of suspected prohibited conduct. You can report prohibited conduct such as sexual assault to the following:


On-Campus Resources

Office of Care & Civility – The Care Team provide a caring, confidential program of identification, intervention, and response in order to provide students with the greatest chance for success and the university community with the greatest level of protection.

Student Support Program (SSP) – SSP offers free confidential counseling sessions to students with My SSP through LifeWorks.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) – EAP offer UNTHSC employees access to a free, confidential EAP that provides support with family/legal/financial issues, substance abuse, or other stressful events. The EAP is offered through ComPsych Guidance Resources Online and is available to retirement-eligible employees, retirees, household members and dependents.


Community Resources

There are numerous local community organizations that assist individuals who have experienced sexual violence or abuse. A few of those organizations include the Women’s Center of Tarrant County, the SafeHaven of Tarrant County, OneSafe Place, and the Office of Criminal District Attorney of Tarrant County – Victim Services.

Useful national resources includes the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, RAINN, National Center for Victims of Crime, and the Office on Violence Against Women (US Dept. of Justice).