SAAM 2023

Content Warning - SAAM events include descriptions of sexual violence. Please practice self-care. The following campus and local resources are available for you: 


All Month

“What were you wearing?” A Survivor Art Exhibit 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Mondays-Thursdays, AV Larson Art Gallery 

This moving installation challenges one of society's most damaging myths surrounding sexual assault. Through the recreation of outfits inspired by the stories of student survivors from The University of Arkansas, Peru State students and faculty have created a tangible response to the question "What were you wearing?" This exhibit serves as a powerful reminder that clothing does not invite sexual assault.

Teal Tuesdays

Show your support by wearing teal, the national color of sexual assault awareness month. Teal bracelets and lapel ribbons are available at the SAAM information table in the Student Center. 

Donation Drive for Project Response

Peru Association of Student Athletes (PASA) and Staff Senate are each holding a donation drive benefiting Project Response. Look for the donation boxes in CATS and AWAC. 

SAAM Book Display in the Library 

SAAM Information/Literature Table in the Student Center 

Friday, March 31

Help decorate campus for SAAM, 1-2 p.m. Stop by CATS for the directions and supplies. All are invited to help! 

Monday, April 3

Cats4Consent March and Cover the Cruiser 7:00 p.m. at the Sesquicentennial Plaza in front of the Performing Arts Center

The first 200 get a free SAAM t-shirt! Opening remarks by President Evans and others. Come together to show your support for survivors and commitment to ending sexual violence.  Step up against sexual violence by signing a pledge to "Start by believing.”

Opening Reception of “What were you wearing?” Survivor Exhibit
7:45 p.m. after the Cats4Consent March, in AV Larson Art Gallery. Refreshments provided. 

This installation provides a tangible response to one of our culture’s most pervasive rape myths. Outfits were recreated by Peru State students and faculty from the stories of student-survivors collected at The University of Arkansas. 

Every Tuesday in April

Campus Healing Circle
7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Jindra Choir Room

Co-facilitated by Jennifer Elting, Project Response Sexual Assault Advocate, and PSC Student Representative Jillian Karl. Healing Circles are a traditional practice of Indigenous people and a tool for transformative justice. This Healing Circle is intended for all campus members impacted by sexual assault, providing an opportunity to process impacts of sexual trauma and release stress through dance movement therapy. 

 ***Agreement to 100% confidentiality is required.

 ***Wear comfortable clothing.

 *** Refreshments will be provided.

Wednesday, April 12

“Sex Signals” presented by Catharsis Productions from Chicago
Two live performances 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center (PAC) 

Don't miss Catharsis Productions' Sex Signals, a groundbreaking, award-winning program presented in two live performances at the Performing Arts Center. Through theater, improvisational comedy, and audience interaction, Sex Signals dismantles rape myths and illuminates issues surrounding dating, sex, and sexual violence on college campuses. The program takes an intersectional approach, critiquing how stereotypes about sexuality and gender identity contribute to a culture that objectifies some while privileging others. Sex Signals explores the definition of active consent, unpacks the importance of consent, and explains the relationship between alcohol and sexual assault. It frames rape as a moral issue and emphasizes the importance of bystander intervention. 

Saturday, April 15

Steamboat Trace Trail 5K Depot Dash 9 a.m., downtown Peru, and hosted by the Nemaha County Natural Resources District. Washed out in the 2019 flooding, the trail is back and better than ever! Registration is $25 through March 30th, then $30 until 10 p.m. April 13, with all proceeds going to the Nebraska Association of Resources District’s (NARD) Foundation. Click on this link to register and learn more. 

Wednesday, April 26

“The Hook Up” presented by Catharsis Productions from Chicago
Two live performances 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center (PAC) 

Join Catharsis Productions from Chicago for two live performances of The Hook Up. The show continues the important pro-consent/intervention dialogue generated by their previous show, Sex Signals. The Hook Up is an engaging discussion that explores the topic of hooking up, sexual violence, and toxic language surrounding sex and gender, while empowering bystanders to recognize and stop predatory behavior.

National Denim Day - Wear Jeans for a Purpose  Everyone is encouraged to wear jeans on Denim Day. If you do, please donate any personal hygiene item to help Project Response in Auburn. Look for the collection boxes in the AWAC and the CATS Building. Learn more about Denim Day here.

Friday, April 28

Campus Clean Up Day 
Celebrate our community by pitching in on clean-up day. 


ABOUT SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH Since 2001, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) has coordinated the national Sexual Assault Awareness Month campaign, observed every April.