Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) at Susan B. Anthony Project

Holding handsSusan B. Anthony Project’s annual Sexual Assault Awareness Month Vigil is held in April. The vigil supports and gives a voice to survivors of sexual violence. SBAP also honors community members who have collaborated and supported our work throughout the year.

This year our vigil will be held on Thursday, April 27th at 6 pm at Coe Park.  We will begin with a march around Coe Park ending at the pavilion where our vigil will take place.  The vigil will take place rain or shine ~ if the weather does not cooperate that day, we will hold the vigil in the pavilion and forego the march.  Please bring a sign or come to Coe Park at 5:30 pm and make a sign.

Faces of Survival is a photo exhibition of survivors of sexual violence who have chosen to “break the silence” and tell the story of their journey as a survivor. Susan B. Anthony Project displays this exhibit at the Northwestern Connecticut Community College library April 24th ~ April 28th.

Click here to learn about additional Sexual Assault Awareness Month activities happening in April.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month History

SAAMSexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) began in England in the late 1970’s with Take Back the Night marches – women only protests that emerged in direct response to the violence women encountered as they walked the streets at night. In 1978, the first Take Back the Night events were held in San Francisco and New York City.

Initially a woman’s cause, it wasn’t long before these activities expanded to include the issue of sexual violence against men and men’s participation in ending sexual violence.

In April 2001, the first Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) was observed nationally.