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Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2018

Gender Violence Prevention and Education

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Each year, the University of Denver recognizes Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) during the month of April by hosting a number of awareness and education events for the DU community. Below is a list of our events this year:

Sexual Assault Awareness Month Events 2018

Click here for a printable flyer of our events.

To place your order for Denim Day Buttons, fill out this form.

To register for the April 2 Kick-Off Luncheon, fill out this form.

To sign up for the April 5 Self Defense Class with Campus Safety, please note: Staff and Faculty may sign up for this course in the training section of the employee tab on PioneerWeb. Students may sign up here.

Month-Long Programs

"Corazón Lastimado: Healing the Wounded Heart" art installation
  • Where: Hirschfeld Gallery, Chambers Center for the Advancement of Women, 1st floor
  • The Corazón Lastimado: Healing the Wounded Heart survivor art exhibit will be on display at the Chambers Center through the month of April as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). This exhibit uses wooden hearts as templates to offer visual testimony to the impact of sexual violence. The first exhibit in March 2001, was a collaboration between Arte Sana, sexual assault programs in Texas, and La Peña Latino Arts Organization. Over 165 survivors of sexual assault, victim rights advocates and artists from Texas, the U.S., Mexico, and Argentina participated in three Corazón Lastimado survivor art exhibits in Texas, and the exhibit has been replicated on college campuses by victim assistance agencies and state coalitions across the nation. This exhibit has been provided by the Blue Bench, metro Denver's only comprehensive sexual assault prevention and support center.
  • Brought to you by the Health and Counseling Center (HCC) and the Colorado Women's College
Clothesline Project
  • Where: Anderson Academic Commons
  • The Clothesline Project is a display of T-shirts expressing the thoughts and feelings of those impacted by sexual assault. The display is a testimony to survivors. Please note that these shirts contain sensitive details and personal designs from DU community members. Please exercise discretion if posting to social media.
  • Brought to you by CAPE and the Health and Counseling Center (HCC)

Events

April 2: Lunch Panel Discussion: Prosecuting Sexual Assault
  • When: 11:30A - 1:00P
  • Where: Ruffatto Hall Commons
  • Help us kick off Sexual Assault Awareness Month with a lunchtime panel discussion on the challenges of prosecuting sexual assault in the criminal justice system. The event will feature experts from the Denver Police Sex Crimes Unit and the Denver District Attorney’s Office, along with Maj. Kelly Antione of the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps. Lunch will be provided beginning at 11:30A, with the program beginning promptly at 11:45A.
  • Download a copy of the flyer for this event here
  • Brought to you by the Office of Title IX and Equal Opportunity and the Health and Counseling Center (HCC)
April 3: Open BOSS Training
  • When: 6:00 - 7:30P
  • Where: CWC 160
  • Come hone your skills in bystander intervention! When someone interrupts a problematic or potentially harmful situation, stopping action or comments that promote sexual or discriminatory violence, bullying, harassment, intimidation, or threatening behavior - they are practicing bystander intervention. Bystander intervention is about challenging and changing the cultural norms that make problematic or harmful behavior acceptable.
  • This BOSS training is open to the entire community. Don't forget your organization needs 75% of its members to complete this training to receive funding from USG.
  • Sign up for this training on OrgSync
April 5: Self Defense Class with Campus Safety
  • When: 4:00 - 5:30P
  • Where: Driscoll 145
  • Join us for a free, 90 minute self defense class! This course will go over basic self-defense and risk-avoidance techniques. This class is perfect for community members who cannot dedicate 15 hours to a more intense Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) class but still want to feel prepared to defend themselves. Attendees will receive this year's "I <3 Consent" T Shirt!
  • Staff and Faculty may sign up for this course in the training section of the employee tab on PioneerWeb. Students may sign up here.
  • Download a copy of the flyer for this event here
  • Brought to you by Campus Safety and the Health and Counseling Center (HCC)
April 9-12: Sticky Notes for Survivors
  • When: 11:00A - 1:00P
  • Where: Driscoll Bridge
  • We will be tabling along with the Collegiate Council on Gender Violence Topics to write notes of support for survivors of sexual assault. These sticky notes will be hung on the glass across Driscoll.
  • Brought to you by the Collegiate Council on Gender Violence Topics (CCGVT) and the Health and Counseling Center (HCC)
April 12: An Evening with Beverly Gooden - NEW location and time
  • Where: Craig Community Room, Craig Hall (Graduate School of Social Work)
  • When: Reception from 5:30 - 7:00P
    Speaking Event from 7:00 - 8:15P
  • We invite members of the DU and Denver community to an evening with Beverly Gooden: social activist, speaker, native Clevelander, and creator of the viral 2014 movement, Why I Stayed. We will host a reception for community partners from 5:00P - 6:30P with an introduction by Jess Davidson, DU Alum and Interim Executive Director of End Rape on Campus (EROC). From 7:00P - 8:15P, Beverly will speak about "The Age of Empowerment for Women" and how the current women's movement presents us with opportunities to speak out, but also to reflect on the past and examples of women who have led in previous generations/movements. The women who came before us created a framework for how we can move forward, together, today. Today the possibilities for women seem endless, from investigative journalism to political office, to women demanding that their abusers/harassers face consequences, to the women who work in the service industry organizing for better pay and fair treatment. The #MeToo movement has evolved into a larger women's empowerment movement based on our shared experiences and Bev will share why she believes this is just the beginning.
  • The first 50 attendees will receive this year's "I <3 Consent" T Shirt!
  • Download a copy of the flyer for this event here
  • Brought to you by the Collegiate Council on Gender Violence Topics (CCGVT), the Health and Counseling Center (HCC), the Colorado Women’s College, and the Office of Title IX and Equal Opportunity
April 13: Open Support a Survivor Training
  • When: 12:30 - 2:00P
  • Where: CWC 150
  • When someone you know and care about is hurt, it can be challenging to know how to respond in the moment. This training will give you information on how to best support a survivors' healing and connect them with resources. This event is part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month and is open to any member of the DU community who would like to learn more about how to support a survivor in their life.
  • Sign up for this training on OrgSync
  • Brought to you by the Health and Counseling Center (HCC)
April 17: Survivor Yoga
  • When: 11:30A - 1:00P
  • Where: CWC Garden Room
  • “Trauma has a deep and long-lasting effect, from chemical and anatomical changes in the brain, to changes in our body’s physiological systems, to the subjective impact on the experience of a survivor... Treatment for trauma must consider the person as a whole and address the broad-ranging effects of trauma on an individual. This needs to be done through an equal measure of patience, compassion, and gentleness. If we are to help people recover from the insidious violation of their humanity that is trauma, we must be able to offer a varied array of tools to aid in this task.” - Bessel A. Van Der Kolk, MD
  • Join us for trauma-informed yoga over the lunch hour. We will begin at 11:30A and practice for approximately 1 hour. Light refreshments and community time will be available after. Some mats will be provided, though we encourage you to bring your own mats and props if you have them available. This yoga class is open to members of the DU community who identify as a survivor of gender violence, as well as their friends, family, and loved ones.
  • Download a copy of the flyer for this event here
  • Brought to you by the Health and Counseling Center (HCC)
April 18: #MeToo, YouToo: Let’s Take Back the Night
  • When: 7:00 - 8:30P
  • Where: Driscoll Gallery and Lawn
  • We know that many survivors want to find solidarity in sharing their story, but are not comfortable with sharing in front of a group. In recognition of this, we are providing community space where supportive DU members will read anonymous experiences that are submitted by DU survivors. We will close the evening with a brief reflection and moment of silence. Through holding space for survivors’ stories, we can build solidarity and a culture of support – it’s not only #MeToo, it’s You Too. It’s on all of us to change the culture and bring an end to gender violence.
  • If you would like more information or would like to submit an experience to be read, please email CAPE@du.edu.
  • Download a copy of the flyer for this event here
  • Brought to you by the Health and Counseling Center (HCC)
April 18: Open BOSS Training
  • When: 12:00 - 1:30P
  • Where: CWC 150
  • Come hone your skills in bystander intervention! When someone interrupts a problematic or potentially harmful situation, stopping action or comments that promote sexual or discriminatory violence, bullying, harassment, intimidation, or threatening behavior - they are practicing bystander intervention. Bystander intervention is about challenging and changing the cultural norms that make problematic or harmful behavior acceptable.
  • This BOSS training is open to the entire community. Don't forget your organization needs 75% of its members to complete this training to receive funding from USG.
  • Sign up for this training on OrgSync
April 23: Open Support a Survivor Training
  • When: 4:00 - 6:00P
  • Where: CWC 160
  • When someone you know and care about is hurt, it can be challenging to know how to respond in the moment. This training will give you information on how to best support a survivors' healing and connect them with resources. This event is part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month and is open to any member of the DU community who would like to learn more about how to support a survivor in their life.
  • Sign up for this training on OrgSync
  • Brought to you by the Health and Counseling Center (HCC)
April 24: The Light of the Moon Film Screening and Discussion – PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED
April 25: Denim Day on the Driscoll Bridge

Kaladi's and Buttons

  • When: 7:30 - 9:30A
  • Where: Driscoll Bridge
  • Free Kaladi's coffee and breakfast snacks! Visit us on the Driscoll Bridge Wednesday morning - wear your denim and receive a "thank you" for demonstrating your support for survivors.
  • Denim Day buttons will be available. You can also pre-order your buttons here.

Consent Fair

  • When: 11:00A - 1:00P
  • Where: Driscoll Bridge
  • This year's Consent Fair will be held on the Driscoll Bridge. Campus partners, community resources and fun carnival games will be there! This is your last chance to get this year's "I <3 Consent" T Shirt!
  • Download a copy of the flyer for this event here
  • A special thanks to our campus partners for participating this year, including: the Health and Counseling Center (HCC), the Peer Health Educator team, the BOSS Peer Educator team, Office of Title IX and Equal Opportunity, CAPE, the Ombud’s Office, Student Rights and Responsibilities, and Campus Safety.