Organizations and departments host events throughout the month of April in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The month provides us with an opportunity to raise awareness of the many resources available on campus and in the community, discuss the impact of sexual violence, and identify ways that we can help prevent it. Here’s a look at the programs, trainings, and events that took place in April 2016!

Thursday, March 31st at 6:30pm in the Pit: Speak Out! Against Sexual and Interpersonal Violence

Project Dinah is gearing up for one of its favorite events of the spring, Speak Out! Against Sexual and Interpersonal Violence. The event is scheduled for Thursday, March 31st at 6:30 pm. At Speak Out! participants read aloud anonymous testimonials posted to the group’s blog. The testimonials can be from primary survivors, secondary survivors, or allies of survivors of interpersonal, sexual, and identity-based violence. This event will also include spoken word performers, music performances, and an open mic for people who wish to share their story at the event.


Friday, April 1st from 3-5pm at the UNC LGBTQ Center: First Friday at the Center

The UNC LBGTQ Center loves to have visitors and invites all students, staff, faculty, and community members to join them for yummy snacks, fun games and lots of socializing. The center is located on South Campus on the third floor of SASB North. If you take the elevator up to the 3rd floor, take a left down the hall, and the LGBTQ Center will be the last office on the left before the exit to the stairwell.

Monday, April 4th – Friday, April 8th in the Pit: Alliance Against Violence

All week long, Project Dinah will be handing out their FREE teal Alliance Against Violence t-shirts, along with resources and violence prevention information.

Wednesday, April 6 from 11am-2pm in the Union Plaza: Wellness Wednesday

Join Student Wellness in the plaza outside the Union for our April Wellness Wednesday event! Healthy Heels Ambassadors, Delta Advocates, Carolina Recovery Group, Carolina Women’s Center, and UNC LGBTQ Center will be there with activities and goodies!

Wednesday, April 6th from 1:30-4:30pm in Rosenau 133: Annual Gender-Based Violence Summit

The focus of this year’s summit will be “Violence Across the Life Course” with domestic and internationally-focused talks given by UNC Doctoral Students. Coffee, tea, and light refreshments will be made available.
 Attendance is free and open to the UNC community and general public. Registration is not required. This summit is hosted by the UNC Gender-Based Violence Research Group and UNC Injury Prevention Research Center.

Please contact Stephanie DeLong at with any questions about the summit. 

Wednesday, April 6 at 5pm in the Union Aquarium Lounge: Residence Hall Association Sexual Assault Forum

The goal of RHA’s Sexual Assault Forum is to find ways to address sexual assault particularly within residences halls. RHA seeks to connect student voices with housing by addressing prevention, awareness and resources of sexual assault.

Wednesday, April 6 at 7pm in Carroll 111: Screening of "The Hunting Ground"

The documentary will be shown in the main auditorium of Carroll Hall. The screening is hosted by several campus partners as part of the “It’s On Us” week during SAAM.

Thursday, April 7 from 5-6:30pm at the Old Well: It’s On Us - Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is an It’s On Us event and a march against gender violence, promoting community dialogue on the crucial role men can play as allies in preventing sexual assault. This event is hosted by Sigma Phi, in conjunction with Chi Psi, AXO, KKG, and the Interfraternity Council as well as the UNC Men’s Project. Participants will gather at the Old Well, hear the chancellor and other representatives speak, walk around both quads while reading stories about survivors of sexual assault, and then break off into discussion groups facilitated by One Act coordinators.

Tickets for the event will be $5, which includes the event and dinner, or $20 for the event, dinner, and a t-shirt. All proceeds from this event will go to the Orange County Rape Crisis Center. 



Wednesday, April 13 from 4:15-6pm in Carolina Hall 220: The Naked Truth

“The Naked Truth” is a media literacy workshop that discusses how media violence and interpersonal violence are connected. Participants will be analyzing how gender and sexual interaction are portrayed in forms of media most prevalent to college students—including advertising, television, and social media. Join us for a brief presentation, intriguing discussion, and light refreshments!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 from 6-8pm in Chapman 125: "The Mask You Live In" Screening and Discussion

As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, UNC Men’s Project and Carolina Women’s Center are co-hosting a screening of “The Mask You Live In.” This event will take the place of our monthly Coffee Conversation.

The screening will be interspersed with discussion about masculinity and violence, and men’s role in violence prevention.

View the film trailer here:

This event is free and open to all. Coffee, light snacks, and other refreshments will be available.

Thursday, April 14, 2016 from 11:30am – 1:30pm in the Pit: IX Ways to Make a Difference

Come visit members of the Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office (EOC), including UNC-Chapel Hill’s Title IX Compliance Coordinator, to learn more about what every person in our campus community can do to get involved to help prevent sexual assault and to know about available resources. Stop by Davis Courtyard in the Pit area from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm on Thursday for free snacks and to learn more about the IX ways you can help make a difference:

1)      Get to know EOC staff who serve as resources at Carolina and learn about Title IX

2)      Know the types of conduct that are prohibited on campus

3)      Sign up for HAVEN training

4)      Complete the Title IX Awareness and Violence Prevention course

5)      Volunteer with the Heels United Project

6)      Follow Heels United Project (@heelsunitedunc) on social media

7)      Take the One Act bystander intervention training offered by Student Wellness

8)      Pick up a resource card and visit

9)      Take the It’s On Us pledge!

Monday, April 18th from 5:30 – 7 pm in Genome Sciences Building G100: Jennifer Thompson, Ronald Cotton, Rich Rosen, & Mike Gauldin

Jennifer and Ronald are the authors of the best-selling memoir, Picking Cotton, the 2010 UNC Common Read. Rich Rosen, a retired UNC law professor, was one of Ronald’s attorneys. Mike Gauldin was the police detective who investigated the case.  This is the first time all four key players in the story have been together for a public event in almost 20 years.

Monday, April 18 from 7-9pm at Chapel Hill Courthouse: Raise the Bar Training

B.A.R.S. (Be A Responsible Server) training in the Chapel Hill Court House / Post Office (179 E. Franklin St), which includes Raise the Bar. The training is free of charge and you do not have to register before the class.

The purpose of the BARS training is to familiarize new and veteran employees of ABC outlets with alcohol laws and regulations.  This training will specifically deal with sales to underage, fraudulent identifications, sales to intoxicated persons and general ABC laws and regulations.  In addition to knowing alcohol laws, the training will give you tools to recognize and intervene when you see warning signs of alcohol or drug facilitated sexual assault.



Tuesday, April 19th from 12-1:30 pm in Union 2423: Lunch & Learn on Violence in LGBTQ Communities

Join the UNC LGBTQ Center and Carolina Women’s Center for a discussion about violence against LGBTQ people and to look at data from the AAU Campus Climate Survey results and discuss ways to improve prevention and response efforts here at UNC.

Thursday, April 21 from 5:30-7:30pm at Chapel Hill Public Library: Shout Out! Against Sexual Violence

The Orange County Rape Crisis Center’s annual Shout Out! is an event that explores the survivor experience through stories, testimonials, poetry and spoken word, dance, music, and visual art. OCCRC welcomes submissions from survivors, their loved ones, and allies. Pieces can be submitted with the artist’s name or anonymously. Those submitting written-word pieces may choose to perform those pieces themselves or they can request that a volunteer read their piece. Artists do not need to be present in order for their work to be included. Submit pieces and/or questions to Natalie Ziemba at by March 31.


    • Open student training on Wed. 4/6 from 6-9pm in Union 3408
    • Open student training on Thurs. 4/14 from 6-9pm in Union 2420
    • Register here
  • One Act
    • Open student training on Tues. 4/5 from 5-9pm
    • Open student training on Wed. 4/13 from 5-9pm
    • One Act for Greeks on Tues. 4/19 from 5-8pm
    • Register here
  • Safe Zone
    • Training on Fri. 4/8 from 10am-2pm
    • Register here

Month-long Initiatives

  • Free HIV Testing in April!
    • In honor of STI Awareness Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Student Wellness is offering FREE HIV Testing (both blood and oral rapid tests) for students.  Free HIV testing is by appointment, and offered in the Student Wellness office, within Campus Health
Services. For more information and to make an appointment, contact Student Wellness: 919-962-WELL, or
  • One Act in the Pit!
    • One Act will be pit sitting on Mondays in April from 11am-2pm