I Ask: Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Posted On April 18, 2019
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Student Victim Assistance at Georgia State University joins the National Sexual Violence Resource Center in empowering individuals to practice consent every day as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). This year’s theme, I Ask builds on the idea that consent is a healthy, normal, and necessary part of everyday interactions. The I Ask campaign will champion the power of asking; whether it be asking to hold someone’s hand, for permission to share personal information with others or if a partner is interested in sex. The campaign highlights the importance of listening to and accepting the answer without pressuring someone to change their mind.

Consent should be a part of your interactions with others when you’re texting or using social media. Although you aren’t talking face-to-face, you should always consider how your actions might make another person feel and ask questions if you don’t know.

Texting

  • Just because technology connects us 24/7 doesn’t mean that your partner is always available.
  • Some people enjoy rapid-fire text conversations, while others only like to text to make plans.
  • Check in with your partner about how often you would like to text each other and what you consider a reasonable amount of time to respond.
  • For example, “How do you feel about texting at work? I’m cool with it, but I also have a lot of down time.”

Sharing Online

  • Ask your partner how they feel about you sharing and tagging photos of them and posting about your relationship online.
  • Find out if they’d like to see what you’re posting first, or maybe they’re okay with you sharing without asking every time.
  • For example, “I love this picture from our last date. Is it OK if I post it to Instagram?”

During Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Student Victim Assistance will bring the theme of I Ask to life by sharing campus resources and campaign specific resources at various events throughout the month. Student Victim Assistance provides a confidential disclosure site for students who have experienced sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking. Disclosures made to Student Victim Assistance staff are held in strict confidence and do not serve as notice to the university requiring a review of the disclosed conduct. Students who would like more information or would like to schedule an appointment to speak with Student Victim Assistance staff can call 404-413-1965.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month is an annual awareness and prevention campaign observed in April and is coordinated each year with assistance from anti-sexual assault organizations throughout the United States. For more information on this year’s national campaign, visit www.nsvrc.org/saam. For specific events at Georgia State University please follow @BeWellGSU on social media #ShareYourStoryGSU #PanthersAct