Student-Athletes Against Sexual Harassment and Assault, SAASHA, is an organization dedicated to ending sexual assault and harassment in and out of collegiate athletics.
Rowers at the University of Washington founded SAASHA in 2017. As a group, we have sponsored activities for the University of Washington Athletics Community.
"Among undergraduate students, 23.1% of females and 5.4% of males experience rape or sexual assault through physical force, violence, or incapacitation."
The Power of Collegiate Athletes on Campus
Collegiate athletes, from Division I football players to intramural soccer players, command respect from their non-athlete classmates.
A cultural change from a few athletes propagates to their entire team. A cultural change from a single athletic team propagates to the entire athletic community. A cultural change in the athletic community propagates to the rest of the student body, and then the university community as a whole, and then out to the world.
This is the fundamental idea behind SAASHA. As leaders on campus, student-athletes are in a position of power to drive social and cultural change. If we, as student-athletes, declare sexual harassment and assault of all forms as wholly unacceptable, we can drive real change in our communities, our universities, and the world.
"As leaders on campus, student-athletes are in a position of power to drive social and cultural change"