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Sexual Assault Awareness Month: Participate in Denim Day or come to a brown bag

April is nationally recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). During this time, advocates work to raise awareness about sexual violence and educate communities around the nation about how to prevent sexual assault. UCOP is joining the national effort to raise awareness about sexual violence by holding brown bag talks and observing Denim Day. The remaining SAAM events are as follows:

Brown bag: Supporting Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse/Violence

One of the leaders of the non-profit organization 1in6 will talk about the work that this organization does to help men who have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences live healthier, happier lives.

Date: Friday, April 14
Time: 12 to 1 p.m.
Location: Kaiser 712
Speaker: Martha Lucia Marin-Cun, managing director, special projects at 1in6

National Denim Day: Wednesday, April 26

All UCOP staff is invited to wear denim on this day. The national Denim Day movement was triggered by a 1990s ruling in which the Italian Supreme Court overturned a rape conviction because the justices felt the victim’s jeans were tight and concluded she must have helped her rapist remove them, thereby implying consent. Wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against misconceptions around sexual assault. Learn more about this awareness event here.

Staff members are invited to be photographed in their denim to show their support for victims of sexual violence:

Date: Wednesday, April 26
Time: 12 to 1 p.m.
Locations: Franklin 5318 and Kaiser 505

Need more help or information?

Here at OP, the Faculty Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) offers confidential emotional support and other resources to employees who have experienced sexual assault, sexual harassment, dating or domestic violence, and stalking. To access the FSAP or learn about resources available to you, visit the UCOP webpages on sexual violence response and prevention.

To make a report of sexual violence or sexual harassment or ask questions about any of the above events, please contact UCOP’s Affirmative Action/Title IX Officer Katya Nottie at

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