SAAM Programming

Learning Together During SAAM

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) when the University community learns together by engaging in education and dialogue aimed at eliminating sexual assault and violence. 

Over the next 5 weeks of SAAM, a different topic will be highlighted each week with important resources and planned in-person and online programming.  

WEEK 2: Bystander Intervention (April 5 - April 9)

Tuesday, April 6, 8 p.m.; Virtual Interactive Bystander Intervention Workshop with Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR)
Join the event via Zoom at 8 p.m.

What is Bystander Intervention?

Bystander intervention is recognizing a potentially harmful situation or interaction and choosing to respond in a way that could positively influence the outcome. The term "bystander effect" refers to people being less likely to offer help when they are in a group than when they are alone. There are many possible reasons for this, including thinking that nothing is really wrong because no one else in the group seems concerned, or assuming that someone else will step in to offer help if there is a real problem.

How to Intervene

To counteract the bystander effect, it's important to do the following:

Pay Attention: Be alert to what is going on around you and to things that make you feel uncomfortable.
Decide: Does someone need help?
Make A Plan: If a situation looks concerning, do something. Don't wait for your friend, neighbor, teammate, or classmate to act.
Make It Happen: Stay calm. Here's how to help:

  • Direct: Step in when something doesn't look right. Share your concerns and offer assistance.
  • Delegate: Get others to assist with the situation. Call for help from someone you trust or Public Safety.
  • Distract: Divert attention away from the situation to let those at risk move to safety.

Other Techniques to Try

Think Small: Small interventions can be the most effective. Use humor and creativity. Act early. Act often.
Disrupt The Situation: Intrude. Make a joke. Change the topic. Spill something. Be a third wheel.
Offer Help: Signal your concern and willingness to act. It's OK if you are turned down at first or altogether. Simply offering to help changes the dynamics.
De-Escalate: Be calm, respectful. Shift the focus away from the problem.
Think Big: Most interventions are small. But some problems are so deeply entrenched that they require sustained action. Find allies and make plans.
Make Space: Separate the person at risk from the source of danger. Set some alternative plan in motion, or create a diversion.
Name the Problem: Acknowledging that things aren't right can go a long way.
Slow Things Down: Give people time to extricate themselves, if that's what they want.
Be Safe: If you think you are in danger, step back and get help.

In an emergency, call Public Safety: 412.396.2677

Upcoming Programming

Additional information will be added to this page as details are finalized.

WEEK 3: Consent (April 12 - 16)

Monday, April 12, 7 p.m.; "When We Stand Up," Virtual Program Sponsored by Juniata College. Anna Nasset of Stand Up Resources will deliver her powerful program "When We Stand Up" as part of Juniata College's Green Dot Action Week and month of programming for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
Registration for the event is required.

Tuesday, April 13, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Union Fountain - Meet Title IX Team
Wednesday, April 14, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Academic Walk as part of Duquesne Wellbeing Day - Meet Title IX Team
Resources To Be Prepared

  • Watch this short video to learn more about what consent means.

WEEK 4: Healthy Relationships and Online Safety (April 19 - 23)
WEEK 5: SAAM Wrap-Up and Additional Resources (April 26 - April 30) -MORE TO COME

Resources to be Prepared

WEEK 1: Resources & Reporting Options (March 29 - April 2)

Other Campus Resources

Along with talking to the Title IX coordinator or deputies in the Office of Title IX and Sexual Misconduct Response and Prevention, you can also talk with:

Center for Student Wellbeing:  Counseling services will continue to offer services remotely: this includes checking phone messages and emails daily during office hours. Free and confidential counseling services are available to help students with a particular problem or issue, unusual stress, unmanageable feelings or other needs.  

DU CARES:  Teaches students basic information about the dangers of alcohol and other drugs, and offers various services relating to these matters.