Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)

We can all use our voices to change the culture to prevent sexual violence on the Georgia Tech campus. We’re strongest when we raise our voices together, and that’s why we’re working to engage new groups in this movement. These groups can join us in helping our community foster attitudes that promote healthy relationships, equality, and respect. These new voices will have a ripple effect on those around them.

 

GET HELP NOW

Have you experienced sexual violence of any kind or need to speak to a VOICE Advocate? For confidential support contact the following:  

  • During business hours: (404) 385-4464 or (404) 385-4451
  • After hours: (404) 894-2500 – Call GT Police and ask to speak to the VOICE on-call advocate 
  • 24 Hour Info Line: 404-894-9000

What is Sexual Assault Awareness Month?

Please join VOICE as we recognize national Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) this April with the theme 'Engaging New Voices.' The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on how to prevent it. Through this year's theme, we will work to encourage and inform a wider audience on how they can take action to promote safety, respect and equality to stop sexual violence before it happens and to support survivors in the aftermath. 

We hope you will participate in this month's events and campaigns.

Learn more about how you can work to change campus culture here, and check out the national SAAM campaign here!

Annual Teal Ribbon Day - Campus Wide

VOICE, Georgia Tech's sexual violence prevention and response initiative, invites the entire Georgia Tech community to participate in the fifth annual Teal Ribbon Day as a show of support for survivors in our community and a dedication to preventing sexual violence on campus.  Check out last year's photo album: http://bit.ly/2p1peTH

Please join us for a group photo wearing your teal ribbon at the Georgia Tech Campanile on Thursday, April 12. 

If you can't attend the group photo take a picture of yourself, colleagues/friends, or department/student organization, and submit the photos, along with your name and affiliation, to voice@gatech.edu on April 12.

Georgia Tech faculty and staff will receive a teal ribbon via campus mail in the second week of April. Students and organizations can request ribbons by emailing voice@gatech.edu.

Interested in a large quantity of ribbons for your organization? Email voice@gatech.edu with the quantity needed and your organization. 

Take Back the Night

Take Back the Night is an annual candlelight vigil dedicated to honoring survivors of sexual violence, including intimate partner violence and stalking. It is a night to educate the campus community about these issues and to support our survivors. We believe that a key step in ending sexual violence is believing survivors and creating spaces to allow survivors to share their stories, whether they happened recently or years ago.

If you are a survivor of sexual violence, we are asking for YOU to help break the silence and consider submitting your story here. Your submissions will be anonymous and remain anonymous unless you decide to read your own story at the event. ALL SUBMISSIONS ARE DUE BY SUNDAY, MARCH 18TH at 11:59 pm.

 

Sometimes the process of writing your story can bring up feelings, questions or experiences that you'd like to seek support for, if you are considering sharing your story, but would like to talk with an advocate before doing so, please call a confidential VOICE Advocate in Health Initiatives. You can reach Amanda Planchard at (404) 385-4451 or Jennifer Gagen at (404) 385-4464. If you would like to contact the student organizers of Take Back the Night, please contact People Against Unwanted Sexual Experiences at pause.gt@gmail.com for additional information.