All day, Colorado College, Pikes Peak Community College, U.C.C.S., Newman University & other locations Contact TESSA if you would like to organize a Denim Day for your organization, 719-785-6833. Wear Jeans April 27th as a Visible Protest against Myths that Surround Rape and Sexual Assault.
“Speak” (film screening and discussion) Time TBA, Poor Richard’s Restaurant, 324½ N. Tejon St. Based on the award winning novel by Laurie Halse Anderson, "Speak" unfolds a story about Melinda (Kristen Stewart), a smart and spirited high school freshman who retreats into self-imposed silence after she is raped one night at a party. Feeling isolated from her classmates and from her preoccupied mother Joyce Sardnino (Elizabeth Perkins), Melinda retreats further in an attempt to escape the torments of high school. It is only through her work in art class with the help of her compassionate art teacher Mr. Freeman (Steve Zahn) that she begins to reach out to others and eventually finds her own voice and inner strength. A feature debut of director/co-writer Jessica Sharzer, "Speak" resonates with stubborn honesty and sardonic humor as we follow Melinda on her journey from traumatized isolation to a brave and final triumphant disclosure.
The Capitol Rally takes place on the west steps of the capitol building in Denver each year on the National Day of Action to End Sexual Violence. This event allows CCASA member agencies, partners and community members to come together to recognize Sexual Assault Awareness Month, to honor survivors in our state, and to thank legislators who have worked to improve our laws. The agenda will include survivor speakers, awards ceremony, and performance skits by a teen theater group. Food carts will be in the area so you can get lunch and join us for the rally!
On April 2nd, at the big green hill at Confluence Park, Denver’s Guerrilla Urban Art Force (GUAF) will stage a demonstration to advocate for victims of rape. Inspired when the man who raped one of their friends was found not guilty in spite of DNA evidence and the fact that his own sister testified against him, members of GUAF started a blog andfacebook page with the hope of bringing attention to the sensible, but apparently difficult-to-process concept that rape victims don’t ask for it and are not to blame for being raped.
The project, called “I Didn’t Ask For It: Rape is a Crime, Being Raped is Not” has inspired dozens of people from Maryland and New York to California and Washington, to create more than 150 flags in support of rape survivors and in protest of rape victim blaming for sexual assault awareness month this April 2011. The flags will be displayed on the big green hill at Confluence Park on Saturday, April 2nd from 9 – 11 am.
The 'clothesline project' is an event designed to bring awareness to the community about assault and for community members to receive information about our services. The clothesline project is held nationwide as "a vehicle for women affected by violence to express their emotions by decorating a shirt. They then hang the shirt on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to the problem of violence against women."
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