3 October 2017
As part of USC’s Respect. Now. Always Response Plan, USC and Laurel Place are proud partners for Sexual Violence Awareness Month (SVAM) in October. The goal of SVAM is:
- To raise public awareness about the prevalence and impacts of sexual violence including education relating to consent, rights and responsibilities.
- Promote the support options available to people impacted by sexual violence and
- Uphold a clear message that sexual violence will not be tolerated in our communities.
The key messages in this year’s SVAM campaign are:
- My rights are not up for grabs:
- All people have a right to safety and respect. People who commit violence take away that right.
- Your body is not up for grabs; not available for the taking.
- Consent is Sexy:
- Consent should be mutually agreed upon; freely given, not forced, assumed or implied, even if you're in a relationship.
- #We believe you
- Victims of sexual violence are not to blame. Show your support: “I’m sorry that happened, it’s not your fault. How can I help?”
- Public support for survivors helps to increase sexual assault reporting significantly, making our communities healthier and safer for everyone.
- USC takes all reports on sexual violence seriously.
To help spread awareness around sexual violence prevention, and the support available from the local sexual assault service, you can wear and share the SVAM merchandise at each campus.
One of the main awareness raising activities this year is the pussyhats. A pussyhat is a symbol of support and solidarity for women's rights, but during SVAM it represents the rights to safety & respect for everyone. By wearing a pussyhat you can show your support for the rights of women and all community members to be free from sexual violence.
How can I be involved?
- Show your support by wearing SVAM merchandise
- Register for Consent is Sexy Ambassador training
- Be involved in the SVAM activities at each campus
Find more information on available support on the sexual assault and harassment page.