Each year, in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Women and Gender Advocacy Center aims to create space for survivors of sexual violence to share their stories. In lieu of a microphone on a stage during our annual Take Back the Night event, this year we created a virtual “stage” or platform for survivors to share their stories in a written format.

Please see below for more information and answers to some of our more frequently asked questions and you can email us at wgac@colostate.edu if you have further questions. The form is currently closed to new submissions. To read the stories that were submitted for SAAM 2021, please click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Many victims and survivors of sexual violence feel that sharing their story, or even just specific portions of their story, has empowered them and been a key part of their healing and activism. Your reasoning for sharing your story is completely personal and the decision is entirely up to you.

Only if you want to! Some people find empowerment in sharing their name and others find empowerment in the anonymity. There is an option to provide your name when you submit, but it definitely isn’t a requirement.

This is also completely up to you! Story sharing can look many different ways. You could tell the details of what happened to you, the impact afterward, your healing process, a combination of all of those, or something else entirely. You could tell it in the form of a poem, narrative, or visual art – visual art can be submitted to our zine (visit SAAM.colostate.edu for more information). This is your story to share however you want to share it and however best works for you.

This Survivor Story Speak-Out is intended to center the stories of people in the Colorado State University community who have experienced some form of sexual violence. This includes sexual harassment, sexual assault, rape, and more. We know that people of all genders, races, and sexualities experience sexual violence. This is a space for all victims and survivors of sexual violence in CSU’s community to share.

If you are not a part of the CSU community, there are alternative places to share including the Do Better Campaign – https://www.instagram.com/thedobettercampaign/?hl=en.

We plan to share submissions via our social media (Instagram: @csu_wgac and Facebook: @womenandgenderadvocacy) and website (SAAM.colostate.edu). If you provide your email in the form, you’ll receive outreach once we begin to share. If not, you can keep up with us on our social media and/or website for updates.

For an example of how we’ve shared submissions, click here to reach the website with submissions from SAAM 2021. We recommend viewing the stories on a computer for optimal experience.

The WGAC invites primary and secondary survivors (including loved ones, friends, and family) to participate in the Survivors’ Speakers Bureau. Survivors complete a 2-hour orientation, and then speak for classes, programs, and conferences arranged through WGAC. Most of the speaking opportunities are for panels, where several survivors share their stories together.

For questions or to get involved, please email wgac@colostate.edu.

If you are not a part of the CSU community, there are alternative places to share including the Do Better Campaign – https://www.instagram.com/thedobettercampaign/?hl=en.

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