Published: April 12, 2018
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Traumatic events happen every day, and the CU Boulder community is not exempt. The way we respond to a survivor matters—our response can influence the survivor’s decision to seek out further help and can affect their healing process.

Research shows people want to help and sometimes do not know how to respond in these situations. As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month this April, the Office of Victim Assistance (OVA) has provided tips and information on how to support those impacted by sexual assault.


Sexual assault is unwanted, non-consensual sexual contact ranging from unwanted sexual touching to unwanted penetration. When someone is sexually assaulted, it is often by someone they know; the majority of sexual assaults on a college campus fall into this category.


If someone shares that they have been sexually assaulted:

  • Remain calm.
  • Listen.
  • Take the situation seriously.
  • Avoid questioning and judging the survivor.
  • Address safety.
  • Validate their feelings.
  • Inform your friend they have rights and options.
  • Support the survivor in doing what they decide is best for them.

For a full list of ways to support a survivor, visit OVA’s website.

Reach out

OVA is a free and confidential on-campus advocacy and counseling center for students, faculty and staff.

If you or someone you know has been impacted by sexual violence, reach out to OVA for free and confidential counseling, support and advocacy. Walk-in hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday–Friday in C4C S440, or call 303-492-8855.

Find more information online at the "Get Help" page, and follow the OVA Facebook page for events on support and awareness during April.

Denim Days on campus

Leading up to Denim Day, April 25, the Women's Resource Center is hosting several events and opportunities to get involved on campus. Learn more about Denim Day here.

Bake Sale: Pastries Against the Patriarchy

Monday, April 16, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Outside ATLAS
Come buy some yummy Voodoo Donuts from the F-Word and Gender Justice League to raise funds to support MESA (Moving to End Sexual Assault). 

Denim Display

Tuesday, April 17, to Thursday, April 19 | Norlin Quad
Check out the display of jeans and denim patches decorated in honor of victims and survivors of gender violence near Norlin Library.

Silent Vigil for Solidarity

Thursday, April 19, 12:15–12:30 p.m. | Norlin Quad
Share 10 minutes of silence for solidarity with victims of gendered and sexual violence in front of the Denim Display on Norlin Quad.

Queer Formal: Cowbois vs. Gayliens!

Saturday, April 21, 8 p.m. to midnight | UMC, Club 156
Join CU's Gay Straight Alliance for their ninth annual queer prom. Costumes or formal wear are encouraged but by no means required. There will be a costume contest and prizes, free bowling, billiards, pizza and drinks, and live music from DJ Dock Ellis. 


Wednesday, April 25, 7–10 p.m. | UMC, Club 156
Sexpressions is an annual talent showcase celebrating positive expressions of sexuality, centering trans, queer and women-identified voices and bodies, hosted by the Women's Resource Center. Sexpressions creates a safe, sex-positive and affirming environment. Come by for free food, games and fun. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.