SAAW Events Schedule and Descriptions
April 21-25: The Clothesline Project
The event began as a vehicle for women affected by violence to express their emotions by decorating a t-shirt. The shirt is then hung on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to the problem of violence against women. Today, Clothesline Projects provide awareness about sexual and intimate partner violence, hate crimes, and child abuse. Survivors and friends of survivors may design and decorate a T-shirt on April 15, 4-6 p.m. or April 17, 6-8 p.m. in Nelson room 124 to be displayed in Driscoll, Sturm Law School, and Anderson Academic Commons during Sexual Assault Awareness Week.
Take Back the Night Event
Tuesday, April 22, 7 p.m. - Davis Auditorium, Sturm Hall
Take Back the Night (TBTN) is an international phenomenon that began in the early 1970's in Germany, responding to a series of sexual assaults and murders. TBTN rallies and marches have been held throughout the United States since the late 1970's. Local communities in the United States, Canada, Latin America, India, and Europe have been organizing TBTN marches and rallies to unify individuals against violence in their communities.
For DU's TBTN event, Dr. Caroline Heldman will be presenting: "The Sexy Lie: Hidden Harms of Sexual Objectification and What We Can Do About It." Dr. Caroline Heldman is the chair of the politics department of Occidental College in Los Angeles. Dr. Heldman appeared in the acclaimed documentary Miss Representation and is co-editor of Rethinking Madame President: Are We Ready for a Woman in the White House?. She is a frequent commentator on radio and television and a regular contributor to Ms. Magazine. View her TED talk.
The keynote address will be followed by the TBTN march around campus. The march will be led by DU's Pioneer Leadership Program.
Wednesday, April 23: Denim Day
Denim Day is an international protest responding to the Italian Supreme Court's overruling of a rape conviction in 1999. An Italian woman was raped, and when the case went to trial, the jury found her assailant guilty. The Supreme Court then overturned the ruling, saying that jeans are too difficult to remove and the assailant could not have done so without the victim's help. To honor Denim Day, the DU community is invited to wear jeans to work or school in order to promote awareness. CAPE will provide Denim Day pins with informational cards about the event.
First Annual Denim Day Intramural Sports Challenge
Wednesday, April 23, 7PM – 10PM, Diane Wendt Sports Fields (north of the soccer stadium)
To honor Denim Day, HCC's CAPE and DU's Intramural Sports are teaming up to bring the DU community an evening of fun sports challenges. The Co-Ed kickball teams and officials will be gearing up in denim to show support when they take the field. Teams will not only be competing in the games, they will be competing for best use of denim in their team uniforms and team banners. Come show your support by cheering on your favorite team and wearing denim. CAPE will provide information about sexual assault awareness and prevention as well as Denim Day pins with informational cards about the significance of Denim Day.
Thursday, April 24, 12 – 4PM South Driscoll Green
The Consent Carnival will be a fun event, including snacks, prizes, entertainment, and music. Games and activities will focus on educating the campus community on the importance of obtaining consent in the context of intimate relations and help students learn and practice both how to ask for and to give consent in their relationships.