April 25, 2019

Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2019

Across the nation, April is celebrated as Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). This is a time for raising awareness of sexual assault and gender-based violence, as well as celebrating the strength of survivors, passion of advocates, and compassion of allies.

The theme of SAAM 2019 is “I Ask,” a phrase that relates to the ways we ask for and give consent in our daily lives. From hugs to sharing photos on social media, consent is a part of every healthy relationship. Development of this communication skill requires practice.

We hope you’ll join us at one of our many educational, empowerment, and awareness events this month. There is something for everyone to learn.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month Flyer

Sexual Assault Awareness Month Event Calendar

If you are seeking help or more information, please consider reaching out to the following resources:


Talley Center for Counseling Services (540-654-1053)

UMW Victim Advocate: Jaime Opanashuk (jopanash@umw.edu or by calling the Talley Center)

Rappahannock Council Against Sexual Assault – www.rcasa.org  24/7 hotline available (540-371-1666)

Empowerhouse – www.empowerhouseva.org 24/7 hotline available (540-373-9373)

Student Health Center (540-650-1040)


UMW Police: (540-654-4444)

Coordinator for Prevention and Advocacy: Marissa Miller (mmille23@umw.edu or 540-654-1193)

Center for Prevention and Education: Britnae Purdy (bpurdy@umw.edu or 540-654-5655)

Title IX Coordinator: Stefanie Lucas-Waverly (540-654-5656)






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