Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)

Rooted in Resilience: Survivor Speak Out Project 

Every April, CARE and the Women's Center at UCSC look forward to collaborating on Take Back the Night to shatter the silence around sexual violence and hold space for survivors on our campus. We know that finding your voice and sharing your experiences can be empowering and important to survivors' healing. We have been honored to witness the courage of those who have participated in the Speak Out and inspired by the caring community that is built out of these events. As an alternative to gathering in person, CARE and the Women's Center have compiled a booklet full of stories and projects created by survivors.


Access our Rooted in Resilience: Survivor Speak Out booklet here 



CARE works year-round to raise awareness among our UCSC community about preventing sexual violence and supporting survivors. We always look forward to April as a time for concentrated engagement with these issues with our campus and community partners. Given the current situation relat

ed to COVID-19, all in-person events have unfortunately been cancelled for 2020. However, we are excited to introduce ways that you can virtually engage with CARE and SAAM events throughout April!

We know that this is a challenging moment for many. As we practice physical distancing for the health and safety of our communities, social connection is ever more important. It is in this spirit that we celebrate SAAM with this year’s theme “Rooted in Resilience.” Our programming this month emphasizes wellbeing, self-care, building community, healing, and empowerment.


Here are some ways you can get involved during SAAM: 


Follow #RootedInResilience on Instagram and Facebook

Find posts all month long on Instagram from CARE (@ucsantacruz_care) and the Women’s Center (@ucsc.women). We will offer tips for staying resilient during this challenging time.

For campus partners who want to contribute to this conversation, we ask you to consider one of the following prompts for creating your own social media posts:
  • How do sexual violence and mental health issues uniquely impact your community?
  • What unique insights does your office / community have about staying resilient during the COVID-19 situation?
Use the hashtags #RootedInResilience and #SAAM2020, and tag @ucsantacruz_care for a repost!

Additionally, CARE will be sharing resources, affirmations, and information about the activists who inspire us all month long!

Follow our
Instagram and Facebook, and please help us spread the word!

Want more ideas to replenish yourself and manage anxiety while stuck at home? Download our Self-Care Bingo and play along this month! When you have a bingo, share on your Instagram and tag @ucsantacruz_care!

Find your roots by Healing with Succulents

As an alternate to our annual healing day workshop to close out SAAM, CARE and the Women’s Center are collaborating on a video series about using plants and gardening for self-care. We will give you some tips for starting to care for your own plant babies while sheltering at home and for taking care of yourself along the way. Stay tuned on Facebook and Instagram later in April. 


Wear Denim on April 29, 2020 

Join CARE and the Women’s Center on Demin Day to speak out against victim blaming and start a conversation about sexual violence and consent!

April 29 is Denim Day, an annual campaign to stop victim blaming and raise awareness about consent. Denim Day was founded by Peace Over Violence in response to a 1998 Italian Supreme Court case that overturned a rape conviction. The court found that, because a victim’s jeans were so tight, she must have had to assist her perpetrator in removing them, therefore implying consent. Public outcry resulted, and a movement to wear denim emerged in protest of victim blaming and erroneous attitudes about sexual violence. 

If, like us, you have been wearing sweats or tights while sheltering in place, this is an opportunity to use those jeans at the bottom of your drawer to start a conversation online! CARE asks our community to participate in this campaign by sharing a photo of you wearing jeans on Denim Day. Use the hashtags #UCSCDenimDay2020 #DenimDay2020 and tag @ucsantacruz_care and @ucsc.women on Instagram for a reshare.


Attend a Support Group

support-groups-spring2020.jpgCARE Advocates are hosting bi-weekly support groups online! These groups will provide a supportive space for UCSC students impacted by sexual violence, relationship violence to heal, develop coping skills, and build community.


Sessions will be held bi-weekly on Wednesdays from 4:30-6pm via zoom.
April 8: Establishing a Remote Routine

April 22: Navigating Boundaries in Relationships with Friends, Family and Partners

May 6: Nurturing Healthy Coping Skills

May 20: Exploring Self-Empowerment

Sign up using the QR code on the flyer or by filling out this form--- 

Planning Ahead for Next Year

We are planning ahead on prevention programming for next year, including a collaboration with SHOP on “Partying with Consent” and a new Bystander Intervention peer-to-peer training. 

If you have thoughts or ideas about collaborating, please get in touch with Alison, CARE’s Prevention Education Coordinator, at