Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2023

All events will be hosted live and in person.

Please note all event times are EST. Please check this page periodically for the latest information as details/links are being confirmed daily.


SAAM Day of Action – Tues., April 5th

Wear Teal on the Day of Action. Chances are someone in your life is a survivor of sexual harassment, assault, or abuse, even if they have never shared their story with you. Show your support for survivors of sexual harassment and abuse by wearing teal — the color of sexual violence prevention — on April 4th and post a selfie to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #WOARSAAM. By wearing teal, you are signaling that you support survivors and are a safe person to talk to if they need to reach out. Sign up for the SAAM Day of Action.

More Ways to Get Involved

  • Host a SAAM Event: Choose an event to host or creat your own. Click here to contact WOAR to get resources or support for your event.
  • Attend a WOAR SAAM Event: Find an event to attend — some events are virtual and you can join from anywhere!
  • Spread the word on social media.
  • Change your Zoom background. Choose from two teal ribbon backgrounds to show your support: Background 1 and Background 2.
  • Donate to WOAR or an organization that provides services to survivors in your area.
Teal Day Press Conference 2023

Teal Day Press Conference

Thurs., April 6, 2023 | 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Location: North Apron of City Hall
1400 JFK Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19122

On April 6th, 2023, in collaboration with the Philadelphia Commission for Women, WOAR will be hosting our Annual Teal Day Press Conference. The event will take place at the North Apron of City Hall from 12-2 PM. This year’s SAAM and press conference theme is ”Drawing Connections: Prevention Demands Equity”, recognizing that it will take ending all forms of oppression to end sexual harassment, assault, and abuse. On behalf of WOAR, I would like to invite you to be a speaker at this event; further demonstrating support for WOAR and victims/survivors of sexual assault in Philadelphia.

Since 2001, April has been observed as National Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM).  SAAM is an annual campaign to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence and raise public awareness about sexual assault, harassment, and abuse. SAAM has empowered many groups and individuals across the Commonwealth to make a difference in preventing sexual violence in our communities.

Teal is the color chosen to represent and raise awareness for sexual assault survivors.  WOAR will be offering a lot of opportunities for individuals and organizations to support efforts to eliminate sexual violence in the City of Philadelphia. Please join us in wearing something teal to show your support for victims of sexual violence and for those working to end violence in our homes, communities, and the nation.

Clothesline Project Spring 2023

Clothesline Project

Thurs., April 13, 2023 | 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Location: Temple University
Bell Tower
1210 Polett Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19122

The Clothesline Project is an art display of t-shirts created by members of the Temple University community who have experienced violence and abuse. The display and resource tables will be organized around the Bell Tower with an opportunity to share messages through the Wellness Resource Center’s Instagram Story. Join us in creating space for healing and social change.

All are welcome.

PREVENT - Building Alliances Against Child Sexual Abuse

PREVENT: Building Alliances Against Child Sexual Abuse Resource Fair

Mon, April 17, 2023 | 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Location: Temple University Student Center
1755 North 13th Street Philadelphia, PA 19122

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  • The resource fair will run from 11:45-12:30. Organizations are encouraged to arrive at the beginning of the conference, (9am) to set up, but no later than 20 minutes prior to the scheduled time for the fair.
  • Temple will be providing 2 chairs and the table, so you will just need to bring your organization’s items.
  • If you have staff who are attending the entire conference, they can register by clicking the button below.
Consent is Key

Roxboro House Roundtable: Consent is Key

Thur., April 20, 2023 | 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Location: Arlen Specter Center
3240 W. School House Ln., Philadelphia, PA 19144

Let’s talk about consent! Today at 12:30, one of WOAR’s most profound speakers, LaQuisha Anthony @iam_thevoice, will discuss sexual rights, stereotypes, prevention, mental health, and community. Come out and join us at The Arlen Specter Center in The Roxboro House. All are welcomed and encouraged to attend.

Trans Survivors and Healing: Barriers and Blessings

Trans Survivors and Healing: Barriers and Blessings

Mon., April 24, 2023, | 6:00 PM

Location: Virtual

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The Mazzoni Center is hosting its second annual Sexual Assault Awareness and Advocacy Month panel centering on trans survivors’ experience of healing. 1 in 2 trans folks will experience sexual violence in their lifetime, and in a climate where the very existence of trans folks is under attack having awareness of their unique experiences couldn’t be more relevant.

Their panel this year will feature Kendall Stephens, Zoe Stoller, Mikah Thomas, and Octavia Geiger: four Philly-based trans survivors, each with unique experiences of healing after sexual violence.

Learn more about the Mazzoni Center.

Take Back The Night 2023

Take Back the Night

Tues., April 25, 2023 | 5:30 PM

Location: Virtual

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This year’s theme is SUPPORTING THE HEALING JOURNEY.  The students of JeffSOAR (Students Organized Against Rape), SAA (Students Against Assault), and the Title IX office and community members intend for this to be a space for sharing, healing, and raising awareness.  To ensure a safe and welcoming space, registration in advance is required, please register via the link below if you are able to attend and we look forward to you joining us.

If you wish to be a speaker, share a message of hope and healing for survivors, wish to share a piece of artwork, or otherwise be involved, please email by 4/22 with your submission and you will be notified in advance of the event for coordination purposes.

Denim Day 2023

Denim Day w/ The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM)

Wed., April 26, 2023 | All Day; WOAR speakers from 5-6

Location: 1214 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA

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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 screenprinting and woodblock printing. From 5–6 pm, join a conversation around the healing process for survivors, led by Masters of Public Health at WOAR.

Learn more about The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM).

Hands Around City Hall 2023

Hands Around City Hall

Fri., April 28, 2023 | 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Conversation Hall, Room 201
2nd Floor of City Hall

Enter at City Hall Visitors Entrance at the North Apron of City Hall. Take the elevator or stairs to 2nd floor.

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Help us to form a human chain of people around City Hall; joining hands in moment of silence as we 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. We are looking forward to you joining us.

Hands Around City Hall will be held on Friday April 28th from 2pm to 5pm. We will meet in the Inner Courtyard of City Hall. Activities will include art and yoga stations, live music, a raffle and resource information/literature on sexual violence, guests and survivor speaker.

To promote awareness of various issues of violence we would like to invite local organizations to participate in helping the community to gain an understanding of these issues and to learn about the services provided within the community.

Sponsored by the Philadelphia Commission for Women.

Hands Around City Hall Vendors Wanted!

Download and complete the Vendor form HERE or ONLINE and return to if you are interested in reserving tabling space and highlighting your organizations services.