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.
The Office of Health Promotions invites faculty, staff and students to participate in a free 12-hour Rape, Aggression, Defense course from 6-9 p.m. April 5, 7, 12 and 14 in the Student Union Ballroom. The public is also encouraged to participate in the four-part RAD class, but a $5 fee is required to cover material costs. To register, call Health Promotions at (229) 245-3896 or register online
The Haven Sexual Assault Center in Valdosta will host a run/walk to benefit its Sexual Assault Center at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 2, at McKey Park, located at the corner of Oak Street and Roosevelt Drive. The entry fee is $20, and T-shirts will be given on a first-come-first-serve basis. Register online
This statewide project presents shirts – displayed on a clothesline strung through the Pecan Court on campus – that personalize gender-based violence. The display is made by survivors of violence against women, including sexual assault and domestic violence. SEXplorations, a student organization, will sponsor a t-shirt making program on Friday evening. Students, staff, and faculty will be able to add their own shirts to the clothesline to either tell their own stories or those of women close to them.
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."
Women’s Crisis Support ~ Defensa de Mujeres would like to invite you to participate in Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® Saturday, April 9th at Lighthouse Point on West Cliff Drive in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Walk a Mile in Her Shoes ®: The International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence is a nationwide event that invites families to participate in a one mile walk, literally in her shoes by wearing women’s high heels, to raise awareness around issues of rape, sexual assault, and gender violence. There is an old saying: "You can't really understand another person's experience until you've walked a mile in their shoes." Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® asks community members to literally walk one mile in women's high-heeled shoes. It's not easy walking in these shoes, but it's fun and it gets the community to talk about something that's really difficult to talk about: gender relations and sexual violence.
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