Join the Office of Domestic Violence Strategies, the Mayor’s Office for the Engagement of Women, and community partners in recognizing April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). During SAAM, we lift up awareness and prevention of sexual violence, harassment, and abuse. The roots of SAAM began during the civil rights movement, and ending sexual violence is deeply related to ending other forms of oppression.
Addressing and preventing sexual violence needs people like you. Learn about local resources and events where you can get involved during SAAM and beyond:
SAAM Day of Action
Tuesday, April 4, 2023 | All day
Show your support to survivors of sexual harassment and abuse by wearing teal, the color of sexual violence prevention, and posting a selfie on social media with the hashtag #SAAMDayofAction. This day is observed nationally on the first Tuesday of April.
Thursday, April 6, 2023 | 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
North apron of City Hall, 1400 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Join City leaders to discuss the theme for #SAAM2023: Drawing Connections: Prevention Demands Equity. Wear teal to show your support and join this event to learn how you can support efforts to stop sexual harassment, assault, and abuse.
Monday, April 17, 2023 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Temple University Student Center, 1755 North 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122
Join the Philadelphia Children’s Alliance for the first annual community prevention conference. Caregivers, community members and professionals who want to learn more about preventing child abuse in Philadelphia are invited to attend this free conference.
Monday, April 24, 2023 | 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Join the Mazzoni Center for their second annual Sexual Assault Awareness and Advocacy Month panel centering trans survivors’ experience of healing. 1 in 2 trans folks will experience sexual violence in their lifetime, and in a climate where trans folks are constantly under attack having awareness of their unique experiences couldn’t be more relevant. Anyone who supports or would like to support trans survivors are welcome to join!
Wednesday, April 26, 2023 | 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
The Fabric Workshop and Museum, 1214 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Originating from Italy in 1999 and occurring in tandem with Sexual Assault Awareness Month, International Denim Day is all about spreading awareness around sexual violence issues, supporting survivors, and educating ourselves and others. Join FWM and Philadelphia Center Against Sexual Violence (WOAR) for this drop-in workshop focused on healing and mending. Bring a denim item to mend with an iron-on patch to decorate with screen printing and woodblock printing. From 5–6 pm, join a conversation around the healing process for survivors, led by WOAR.
Thursday, April 27, 2023 | Begins at 6 p.m.
36th and Chestnut, toward the First Unitarian Church at 2125 Chestnut Street
A city-wide call to all survivors, supporters, and anyone affected by sexual, interpersonal, or domestic violence. The march will begin at 6 p.m. at 36th and Chestnut. Following the march, there will be a speak out at the First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut Street.
Friday, April 28, 2023 | 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Inner Courtyard of City Hall, 1400 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Help form a human chain around City Hall; joining hands in moment of silence to honor the many people who have experienced sexual assault while surrounding the place where policies are put into place to protect survivors of sexual violence. Activities will include guest speakers, art and yoga stations, live music, a raffle, and resource information on sexual violence.