Last March, Alaskans joined together to take action and end Alaska’s epidemic of domestic violence and sexual assault. Eighteen communities joined together for “Choose Respect” rallies and marches with a message of hope and healing for the many who have suffered from these crimes. The work begun in 2010 has given more Alaskans the courage to speak and the strength to act. On March 31st, Alaska is once again launching statewide “Choose Respect” events – and the Governor issued a challenge for 40 communities to join the cause and stand together in 2011. Together, Alaskans will take back some ground for safer Alaska homes and stronger families.
The Clothesline Project offers a visual display designed to illustrate violence against women and children through the creation of message t-shirts. Each t-shirt is decorated by a survivor, or by someone who cares about them. The shirts will be on display in the UI Commons Rotunda from April 18th-22nd.
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."
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.
Community Impact Panel ~ "Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much" ~Helen Keller Are you a survivor or secondary survivor to violence? How does crime impact you, your family, and your community? Most of us are affected in one way or another by crime. It affects all of us, it IS your business! Do you want to get involved but are not sure how? How can we take steps in the present to reshape our future?
Speakers and topics to include:
Child Abuse and Neglect
Additional information will also be provided on these topics and more. Free fingerprinting for youths will be available. This event is open to the community, everyone is welcome to attend! Dance! Music by DJ, SURROUND SOUND! Raffles! 10 tickets for $5 or 2 tickets for $1! Win a free package for two to the Eldorado in Reno for dinner and a show! Other great prizes from many places, including: Goodnight Irene, The Martin, New Reno Spa, Las Margaritas, Angies Boutique ~ and MORE! All ages welcome, bring the family! No cost to attend, but a donation of any of these items: An item of non-perishable food Children's' clothing (new or used) Baby Wipes Old cell phone Donations will be used to help various area non-profits to serve their clients' needs.
Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Program (SHARPP) at the University of New Hampshire
In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Program (SHARPP) at the University of New Hampshire invites the community to SHARPP’s first "Taking a Community Stance: Stepping Out To Speak Out Against Violence. " It will include a rally and 20-minute walk around campus.
This localized social movement aims at gathering students, faculty, staff and Durham community members together to take a collective and powerful stance against all forms of violence on our campus, including violence against women.
Community Rally and Walk will be at 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. respectively, on Thursday, April 14 at the UNH Great Lawn (in front of DeMeritt Hall)
This will include informational tables, a 20 minute walk around campus, reading of UNH’s 1st Community Proclamation Against Violence and a student call to action to end violence against women at UNH.
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