Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who participated in Oregon State University's 2017 recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The multitude of events held throughout campus serve as testament to our community's commitment to acknowledging the problem of sexual violence and to supporting survivors. For more information about how you can get involved, please call the Survivor Advocacy and Resource Center at 541-737-2030.

April 3 - 7     April 10 - 14     April 17 - 21     April 24 - 28

April 3 - 7, 2017: ASOSU Week of Action

April 4: Representatives Represent Us: SAAM Luncheon

The Women’s Center and the Coalition for Graduate Employees held an activist luncheon, writing postcards and phone banking to urge Oregon representatives to act on laws relating to survivors, and reproductive health. 

April 6: SAAM Informational Tabling

The Women's Center tabled in the Memorial Union Quad and distributed information about the month's events.

April 7: Men’s Development and Engagement Coffee Hour

Men’s Development and Engagement hosted a weekly coffee hour in the SEC Involvement Lounge, with discussion focusing on SAAM-related topics.

April 10 - 14, 2017

April 11: Survivor Care Drive

This student organized event assisted on-campus and local sources that help care for survivors of sexual assault. Donations to aid in self-soothing were collected for survivors. Items included: Coloring books, colored pencils, drawing pads, puzzles, stress balls, sweatshirts and sweatpants.

April 11: Beyond the Birds and the Bees: Sexual Health Workshop

April 12: Brunching towards Wellness: A Day of Survivor Healing

This afternoon of wellness and brunch with CAPS intern Jennifer Rocks was intended for survivors and allies to be with each other to decompress and foster community.

April 14: Men’s Development and Engagement Coffee Hour

Men’s Development and Engagement hosted a weekly coffee hour in the SEC Involvement Lounge, with discussion focusing on SAAM-related topics.

April 17 - 21, 2017

April 19: What is Rape Culture?

The Women's Center hosted a conversation around rape culture and how we uphold it in our day-to-day lives. This an informational workshop collectively deconstructed music and ads to see how rape culture is upheld through these media. 

April 19: University Housing and Dining Presents: The Hunting Ground

Following the documentary, a panel discussed how OSU addresses the issue of sexual assault on our campus. 

April 20: Menstruation Sensation

This evening of debunking myths and smashing misconceptions! addressed participants' questions regarding menstruation during a game of Menstruation Sensation Jeopardy. 

April 20: Sexual Wellness Advocacy Team Workshop

The University of Oregon’s Sexual Wellness Advocacy Team (SWAT) came to OSU and led a workshop around sexual assault awareness. SWAT uses theater based workshops and invited audience engagement. Discussion focused on healthy relationships, a working definition of consent, how/how not to support a survivor, and resources for survivors.

April 21: Men’s Development and Engagement Coffee Hour

Men’s Development and Engagement hosted a weekly coffee hour in the SEC Involvement Lounge, with discussion focusing on SAAM-related topics.

April 24 - 28, 2017: Pride Week

April 25: Consent is Asexy and Required: Healthy Relationships with Asexual and Aromantic People

Does consent include asking before hugging or touching friends and family? This conversation about healthy relationships centered on asexual and aromantic identities. A panel of self-identified ace and aro community members spoke about their experiences with relationships, consent and awareness. 

April 26: Denim Day

Denim Day was originally triggered by a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans, she must have helped her rapist remove them, thereby implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. Peace Over Violence developed the Denim Day campaign in response to this case and the activism surrounding it. Since then, wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault.

April 26: Imagining a World Without Sexual Assault

After a month of building our working knowledge around sexual assault and violence, university community members came out to the SEC Plaza and engaged with different art mediums in a collective effort to begin to imagine a world without sexual assault.

April 27: Poster Making with SOL: LGBTQ+ Multicultural Support Network

SOL led a poster-making session for Take Back the Night, highlighting statistics around sexual assault in queer and trans* communities of color. 

April 27: A Conversation with Brenda Tracy and Jackie Sandmeyer about Sexual Violence on College Campuses

April 27: The Red Shawl Project Workshop

The Red Shawl Project was created in Minnesota as a way to raise awareness about the prevalence of sexual violence against Native women and in Native communities. Discussion about the project, followed by opportunities to make shawls or armbands to honor those who have been affected by sexual violence was attended by both indigenous and non-indigenous commuity members to show solidarity with indigenous women.

April 27: Take Back the Night: Rally, March and Survivor Speak-out

Take Back the Night (TBTN) is a historical event held across the world to protest sexual violence and the many systemic and societal facets that contribute to it. Since the early 1970’s, rallies have been held to bring awareness to the widespread issue of sexual violence, amplify the voices of survivors of violence, and create communities that are safer for all to walk at night. Hundreds of OSU community members attended in a zgreat show of support for survivors.

April 28: Men’s Development and Engagement Coffee Hour

Men’s Development and Engagement hosted a weekly coffee hour in the SEC Involvement Lounge, with discussion focusing on SAAM-related topics.