April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Please see below the series of activities to raise awareness, promote engagement, and provide educational tools surrounding issues of sexual and gender-based harassment. You can also view the Office of Gender Equity’s (OGE) full calendar of events and resources at the Harvard OGE Calendar for 2021 page.

Workshops and Events

Creating a Climate of Gender Equity and Inclusion – New Live Virtual Webinar
Thursday, April 15th | 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Registration for Creating a Climate of Gender Equity and Inclusion

This interactive workshop invites participants to reflect on their own experiences as bystanders, understand factors that contribute to gender equity in the workplace, discover opportunities to improve community climate, and develop personalized strategies to prevent sexual harassment and other sexual misconduct in the spaces where they live, learn, and work.

Harvard Wears Denim
Wednesday, April 28th | All Day
Join us (from your home) by participating in our 6th annual Harvard Wears Denim! Denim Day is to recognize a day in which we stand in solidarity with survivors of sexual violence who are not treated justly. It has its origins with an Italian court case in which a conviction was overturned due to the tightness of the survivor’s jeans and the supposed improbability that the perpetrator could have taken them off without the survivor’s help. Visit Denim Day Information for more info.

Required On-line Course – University Faculty and Staff: Supporting a Harassment-Free Community for Staff, Faculty and Academic Appointees

This course provides an overview of Title IX and the University Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment Policy (which applies to all Harvard University students, faculty, staff, appointees, or third parties). By the end of this course, we hope employees will have a better understanding of the Policy and our community expectations; how to recognize signs of possible sexual or gender-based harassment; and the responsibility of employees to share information about possible sexual or gender-based harassment with a Title IX Coordinator. If you have not yet taken this required course or would like a refresher, click access Supporting a Harassment-Free Community.

Ongoing Resources

Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (OSAPR)

If you or someone you know has experienced or witnessed interpersonal harm, whether it be Zoombombing or receiving unwelcomed communication. you can contact OSAPR. Schedule an appointment or conversation by emailing osapr@harvard.edu or calling 617.496.5636. A 24 hour, confidential hotline is available for immediate support at 617-495-9100. To view a full description of their resources, visit their OSAPR web page.

Campus Safety

There are a variety of services available  on campus to help provide more safety and precautions to our Harvard Community. The Campus Safety Services page has information regarding escort services, blue light information and more. While the Transportation Services page provides information on all Harvard-affiliated buses and shuttle services. Lastly you can visit the Harvard University Police Department page for all of their resources and contact information in case of an emergency and more safety tips.

Harvard Title IX Office

The University is committed to responding promptly and effectively when it learns of any form of possible discrimination based on sex. The University responds to reports of sexual harassment, including sexual violence, as part of its efforts to stop the harassment and prevent the recurrence of possible sex discrimination. An individual who has questions or concerns regarding possible discrimination based on sex should contact a Title IX Resource Coordinator at their respective School or unit. If you have experienced, witnessed or been impacted by sexual harassment or other sexual misconduct, you can view your options for disclosing or handling this. A full list of internal Harvard resources available can be found on the Internal Harvard Resources page.