“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.
Who will you walk for? There's strength in numbers. Come walk with us. Let's make change! Our 2011 Goals *1,500 walkers *A giant step forward in ending sexual violence Time: Registration begins at 9:30 am / Walk starts at 11:00 am Place: Canal Park at CambridgeSide Galleria (outside of the food court entrance) / Walk is a 5K loop along the Charles River
Every Friday night, beginning in April, we will be hosting a live Book Discussion of "Ravaged Relentlessly: Biblical Help for Those Overcoming Sexual Crime", by Minister Kesha Rand (Gore). One chapter per week will be discussed. This will include a live-broadcast of the discussion with the Author, as she reads excerpts from the book and leads in the conversation. Participants may view the podcast, call in to join the discussion via conference and/or submit questions and statements by chat.
Please email to request the conference call number. The purpose of this weekly broadcast is to give Survivors of sexual crime a chance to continue to heal. It will also provide a source of helpful information for concerned citizens that recognize the need to be prepared to help a victim. There will be no Broadcasts during the following holiday weekends: Easter (April 22nd), Memorial Day (May 27th), Independence Day (July 1st). Workbooks and Journals will be available for order by by mid-spring. Proceeds from book orders will go to benefit the "Hiding Place Workshop" for Survivors of sexual crime, being held in Maryland October 7-9th.
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!
Senator Lisa Murkowski and the Alaska Congressional Delegation
You are invited to participate in the Choose Respect rally tomorrow, beginning at 5:15 pm at the Senate Side Lawn of the Capitol. The event is part of a 55-community march in solidarity against sexual abuse and domestic violence, to stand up against the unacceptable epidemic of violence in Alaska, and bring healing and justice to victims and survivors. The message of the Choose Respect campaign is simple – “You are not alone, and you are not to blame.”
This year, Sexual Assault Awareness Month (April) will focus on the power of bystanders and what can be done to prevent sexual violence. Tahoe Women's Services presents Take Back the Night: The Art of Empowerment. They will be partnering with the local art community to share an evening of poetry, artwork, awareness, and support at Fat Cat Deli in Tahoe City, Calif. April 27, 6-8 p.m. Keep an eye out for TWS tables at community events throughout the month — buy raffle tickets to support a vision for a violence free community.
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.
Join us for the 2011 SafePlace Denim Day!In observance of Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month each April, SafePlace asks businesses, organizations and individuals to wear Denim in support of sexual assault survivors and to raise awareness about sexual assault misconceptions. Sign up to wear your denim, ask your colleagues and staff and receive our tool kit! Then learn more ways you can take action to end sexual assault! In 2010, more than 3,500 people in Austin and across the state participated. Businesses and organizations provided posters and other materials about sexual assault and SafePlace programs.Why Denim?In 1998, a teenage girl in Italy was raped by her driving instructor. He was tried and convicted and sentenced to jail, and his case went to the Supreme Court of Appeals in Rome. The court overturned the original ruling stating that because the victim wore very tight jeans she had to help remove them, thereby giving consent to have sex. The case made international headlines and the young woman's jeans became a symbol of the many misconceptions still surrounding sexual violence, such as there is a "correct" way for someone to respond during an assault and what someone wears can be an excuse for rape. SafePlace brought the call to action to Austin in 2008 and since then thousands of Austin area employees have joined others across the world in wearing Denim on this day.
Join the VSU community during Take Back the Night -- an internationally held march and candlelight vigil to protest rape and other forms of sexual violence -- at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, on the VSU front lawn. The night will begin in front of West Hall and then journey throughout campus to hear from a variety of speakers.
Decorate your jeans from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6, in the Student Union craft room or bring donated jeans to the Student Life Office by April 22. Jeans, decorated to bring awareness to sexual violence, will be displayed during Take Back the Night. Jeans 4 Justice is a non-profit organization dedicated to ending sexual violence through creative awareness campaigns and thought-provoking educational programs. Even if you cannot or do not want to decorate jeans, please consider donating a few pairs to this worthy cause.
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