April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

To: UCSC Community

From: Chancellor George Blumenthal and Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Felicia McGinty

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff:

In an ongoing effort to promote a safe, healthy campus environment, we are writing to remind you that April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Along with colleges and universities throughout the country, UCSC is taking part in the designated month to reduce the incidence of gender-based violence, including sexual assault, domestic and dating violence, and stalking.

Every member of the community can stand up against sexual violence. Sexual assault is an unfortunate reality on college campuses and affects us all in some way. According to national statistics from the National Institute of Justice and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in six American women and one in 33 American men have experienced rape or attempted rape, and most survivors do not tell anyone about the assault or report to the police.

We strive to make our campus a safe place by bolstering victim assistance services, supporting and advocating for survivors, and enhancing education and prevention programs. In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Student Health Outreach and Promotion (SHOP) office and Women’s Center are hosting a month-long series of programs to raise awareness about sexual assault and prevention.

  • April 1-30, UCSC Fact Walk: Awareness campaign to educate the campus community about sexual assault.
  • April 11-27, SHOP Outreach: Increase visibility of campus resources and opportunities to get students involved in ending sexual violence.
  • April 27, National Denim Day: Wear denim as a visible sign in support of ending sexual assault.
  • April 29, Take Back the Night: March and rally against rape and other forms of sexual violence.
Sexual violence impacts out entire community. Join us in taking a stand and learn more about available resources and campus efforts to end sexual violence. Find out how to get involved and show your support during Enough is Enough week, from April 4-8, and say “no” to violence on our campus.