“These Hands Don’t Hurt” Philosophy
The Fraternity of Alpha Kappa Lambda understands that sexual assault and domestic violence is a serious issue in society today. “These Hands Don’t Hurt” was initially established to raise awareness and educate college students about these issues. Today, that is not enough.
People are aware, but too many do not *understand* these issues in the ways that matter most to influence behavior. People need to understand this issue in deeper and more relevant ways. It is behavior that helps or harms, so we must do what influences behavior more effectively. With this in mind, “These Hands Don’t Hurt” is evolving and we must act.
We must be working to change individual behavior, not just of college men, but of all those around us. This change is more complicated and will not be sufficiently achieved wherever the low goal of raising awareness and explaining rules and policies is the standard. This matters because we must avoid the false sense of accomplishment.
“These Hands Don’t Hurt” will adapt to society today and we can start on college campuses using education, service, and philanthropic projects. As the fraternity’s national philanthropy, AKL hopes to lay the foundation for chapters and members to create an environment of support within their campuses and communities.
Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) – April
Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is an annual campaign to raise public awareness about sexual assault and educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence. Each year during the month of April, state, territory, tribal and community-based organizations, rape crisis centers, government agencies, businesses, campuses, and individuals plan events and activities to highlight sexual violence as public health, human rights, and social justice issue and reinforce the need for prevention efforts.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) – October
Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) evolved from the Day of Unity held in October 1981, celebrated on the first Monday of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It became an entire week devoted to a range of activities conducted at the local, state, and national levels. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence conceived the first annual Day of Unity in 1981. The intent was to connect advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children. The activities conducted were as varied and diverse as the program sponsors but had common themes:
- Mourning those who have died because of domestic violence
- Celebrating those who have survived
- Connecting those who work to end violence