SAAM 2017


The theme of the 2017 SAAM campaign is Engaging New Voices because key leaders and community stakeholders can facilitate crucial conversations with folks who have not been traditionally reached by the anti-sexual violence movement.  These leaders’ influence is necessary in achieving cultural change not just in April, but all year long.

We’re calling upon the following groups to get engaged:

  • Members of Greek life
  • Coaches
  • Fathers
  • Faith leaders

The successes of past SAAM campaigns demonstrate that we’re strongest when we raise our voices together. This April, these new audiences will join us, ensuring our reach will be more powerful than ever.


Planning Your Campaign

NJCASA’s Planning for SAAM webinar recording

Planning Resources from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center




SAAM 2017 Blog Posts & Announcements


Local Events

Please contact NJCASA’s Training & Outreach Coordinator at for information on how to have your SAAM event listed.  

Join NJCASA May 6, 2017 for NJCASA’s annual Safer Garden State 5K!
We’re wrapping up Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) with a 5K on the boardwalk in Asbury Park, N.J. Register today, create a team, and join us in creating a safer Garden State!

Atlantic COUNTY

April 25 | Denim Day Rally
Center City Park, Atlantic City, N.J.
10 AM – 3 PM
Join the Atlantic City Women’s Center for their Denim Day Rally, honoring survivors and bringing awareness to sexual violence. The day will include guest speakers, music, Clothesline Project, yoga/meditation, and more! For additional information, please contact Karen Massie at

April 27 | Women’s Center Annual Spring Fling Luncheon
Greate Bay County Club, 901 Mays Landing Rd., Somers Point, N.J.
11:30 AM
This year’s Spring Fling will highlight the Atlantic County Women’s Center‘s 42 years of support and service to individuals and families in Atlantic County. For more information on becoming a sponsor or attending the event, please contact or 609-653-0400 x124.

April 28 | Paint for Prevention
Cornerstone Commerce Center, 1201 New Rd., Linwood, N.J.
6 PM
Join the Atlantic County Women’s Center for a night of art and discussion. Tickets are $25 per person. For more information please contact Karen Massie at

bergen COUNTY

April 25 | Building Allies Against Sexual Assault
Bergen Community College, Paramus, NJ
All day – 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Activities and film screenings for students and community members.  Sponsored by the Violence Intervention Prevention Center (VIP), Center for Student Success, Center of Health, Wellness and Personal Counseling, Office of Student Life, Center for Peace, Justice and Reconciliation, Office of Multicultural Affairs and healingSPACE. For more information or to RSVP, please contact

April 26 | Denim Day
Bergen Community College, Paramus, NJ
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Campus community members can learn more about sexual assault, pledge their support to survivors, and attain a sexual assault awareness pin.  For more event updates, please feel free to follow up on Twitter @VIP_BCC  or post your support using #DenimDayVIP on social media!

Burlington COUNTY

April 23 | Stride for Survivors 5K
Smithville Park, Eastampton, N.J.
5:00 PM
Stride for Survivors is a FREE annual 5K event held in recognition of Denim Day and Crime Victims’ Rights Week. The event is co-sponsored by Contact of Burlington County Sexual Assault Services, the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office, NJ State Police, and the Burlington County’s Sheriff’s Department. Register now.

essex COUNTY

March 24 – April 2 | Clothesline Project 
YWCA of Montclair, 25 Park St., Montclair, N.J.
The Clothesline Project is a vehicle for those affected by sexual violence to express their emotions by decorating a shirt. The shirts decorated by teens in Essex County will be hung on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to the problem of sexual violence. For more information, please contact Christine Ferro-Saxon.

hudson county

April 11 | Silent Showcase 
Brightside Tavern, 141 Bright St., Jersey City, N.J
5:00 – 9:00 PM
Art work, performance art, and other forms of self-expression will be showcased, all representing the theme “survivor.” Community members are invited to join and silently view the art. For more details, please contact Nastassia Fleischer.

April 18 | Take Back the Night
Stevens Institute of Technology, Walker Lawn, 1 Castle Point Terrace, Hoboken, N.J.
7:00 – 8:30 PM 
Take Back The Night is an international event and non-profit organization committed to ending sexual violence in all forms, including sexual assault, sexual abuse, dating violence, and domestic violence. Supporters can join together and bring awareness to sexual violence. More information here.

April 19 | One Billion Rising Flash Dance Screening
Hudson S.P.E.A.K.S. and allied organizations will be filming a flash dance focused on empowering survivors and encouraging awareness throughout Hudson County. The screening will take place at the Community Networking meeting at 10 a.m. For more details, please contact Nastassia Fleischer or Opal Jackson.

April 26 | Wellness Wednesday Lunch Break
Hudson County Community College
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Take a break in the middle of your work week and come enjoy FREE activities during your lunch break. Free massages, Origami crane making, and more!

For more events in Hudson, check our Hudson S.P.E.A.K.S’s March and April calendars.

hunterdon COUNTY

May 4 | 2017 Perfectly Paired Event
The Ridge at Back Brook, Ringoes, NJ
Join SAFE in Hunterdon for an evening of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres with live entertainment.  The evening will also include a ceremony honoring contributions to social justice. Learn more >>

MERCER county

April 27 | 23rd Annual Barbara Boggs Sigmund Award
Womanspace will present Kayla Harrison, two time Olympic Gold medalist in Judo, with the 23rd Annual Barbara Boggs Sigmund Award at the Princeton Westin, for her efforts to combat child sexual abuse. More information here.

Middlesex COUNTY

March 31 | The Mask You Live In
Middlesex County College Edison – College Center – Theater
5:30 PM
To kick off SAAM, the Middlesex County Center for Empowerment will be hosting a film screening of The Mask You Live In in collaboration with Democracy House of Middlesex County College. The event is free but requires registration. All community members are invited to attend. Register now.

April 7 | PRAB Goes Teal
90 Jersey Avenue, New Brunswick, N.J.
9 AM – 5 PM
In collaboration with Middlesex County Center for Empowerment, the Puerto Rican Action Board (PRAB) of New Brunswick  will be hosting their 2nd annual PRAB Goes Teal celebration. The event aims to encourage the community to represent the color teal for the month of April. The Center for Empowerment will be providing a presentation. Additionally, informational materials and interactive stations will be offered, at which teal nail polish, teal hair extensions, teal handstamps, teal bracelets, coloring pages, teal snacks, a photo booth area, and more will be available to participants. For questions or more information, please contact the Middlesex County Center for Empowerment.

ocean county

April 24 |  Zumba
St. Francis Community Center Gym
3:00 – 4:00 PM
FREE Zumba class with instructor Michelle McKenna. Register by calling Sue Seiter at 609 – 494 – 1554.

April 25 | Sexual Assault: Engaging New Voices
Ocean County Library, Toms River Branch
6:00 – 8:00 PM
This event will be held with the Ocean County Advisory Commission on the Status of Women. All ages are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. Please register by calling 732-506-5374.   It is recommended that you register by April 18.

April 26 | 3rd Annual Paint the Town Teal
Francis Community Center Gym
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Supplies will be provided; register by calling Sue Seiter at 609 – 494 – 1554.

April 27 | Clothes Line Project
St. Francis Center Lobby
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Come decorate t-shirts with messages and illustrations, to be displayed in the St. Francis Counseling Office. Registration is not required and supplies will be provided.

April 28 | Sunset Yoga
St. Francis Center Aquatic Center Pool Deck (if inclement weather, in the gym)
6:00 – 8:00 PM 
Register by calling Sue Seiter at 609 – 494 – 1554. Kindly bring your own Yoga mat!

Passaic COUNTY

April 9 | Charmed by Charity
Alex and Ani store, Ridgewood, N.J.
2:00 – 4:00 PM
Passaic County Women’s Center will be hosting Alex and Ani’s Charmed by Charityat the store in Ridgewood. 15% of proceeds will be donated back to Passaic County Women’s Center to continue assisting survivors of sexual and domestic violence in Passaic County. For more details, please contact Elisa Florencio at

April 12 | Kick: It’s Not How High, It’s How Strong
William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ
Performance begins at 6:00 PM, Reception & Book-signing at 7:45 PM
The Women’s Center of William Paterson University is proud to present Kick: It’s Not How High, It’s How Strong. Written and performed by Joanna Rush, Kick follows the life of a former dancer who was sexually assaulted and how she copes with the attack and its aftermath.This performance is open to the public. RSVP by April 10. Learn more >>

April 22 | 5K Fun Run/Walk
Goffle Brook Park, Hawthorne, N.J.
Registration starts 8:00 AM, 5K begins at 9:15 AM

Passaic County Women’s Center will hold their 5K Fun Run/Walk at Goffle Brook Park Area #2 in Hawthorne, NJ. Learn more >>

April 26 | Public Screening of “The Hunting Ground”
Passaic County Community College Theater, Paterson, NJ
Screening begins at 5:00 PM with a panel discussion after
“The Hunting Ground” is the latest feature film from Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering and takes audiences straight to the heart of shocking epidemic of violence and institutional cover-ups sweeping college campuses across America. Contact Passaic County Women’s Center at for more information.

union COUNTY

April 20 | Take Back The Night
Plainfield, N.J.
6:30 PM
Join the Omicron Chi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity in raising awareness and supporting survivors.  A brief speaking program will be followed by a short march. Contact Byron Hurt at for more information.

Please note this space is for Sexual Violence Programs and allied organizations to list SAAM-related or –themed events during the month of April.  The inclusion or listing of events should not be interpreted as NJCASA endorsing or sponsoring that event, speaker, or organization.

Social Media Engagement

SAAM hashtags

  • #SAAM
  • #DenimDay
  • #EngagingNewVoices

twitter chats

  • April 12: Join activists and allies from 1:30 – 2:30 PM (EST) for a #YoSoySAAM bilingual Twitter chat, hosted by Arte Sana and ALAS members and the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault. The chat will raise awareness about the many issues impacting sexual violence prevention and victim/survivor rights in Latinx community.

Follow Along!
The inclusion of organizations in this list should not be interpreted as an endorsement of content.  All opinions expressed are those of the account-holders and do not necessarily represent NJCASA.

Sexual Violence Organizations

Check out your local program to follow them on social media!

Allied Organizations – New Jersey

Allied organizations – national