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Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Every April is nationally designated as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Because sexual assault affects everyone—survivors, family, friends, loved ones—we all have a unique role in challenging sexual assault. This month, take action—attend a rally, workshop, or training—and let’s talk about how we can support survivors and help end rape. According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, “the goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence.” The University of Illinois and the community at large annually plan a host of events to support survivors and encourage bystanders to intervene in what still remains a local, national, and international social problem.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2016
Events Calendar

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Kickoff | Week of April 3rd | Week of April 10th | Week of April 17th | Week of April 24th

Pre-Sexual Assault Awareness Month Event
Breakfast with the Author: The Beginning and End of Rape
Friday, March 18th, 8:30–10 am
Author’s Corner, 2nd Floor, Illini Union Bookstore
Sponsored by Native American House and the Illini Union Bookstore

A book reading, light breakfast, Meet ’n Greet, and book signing. Meet Mvskoke Creek author Sarah Deer, Professor of Law at William Mitchell College who co-authored Amnesty International’s Maze of Injustice. Professor Deer advocates for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence in Native America. A Pre-Sexual Assault Awareness Month Event. Funded by the Student Cultural Program Fee. Book available for purchase at Illini Union Bookstore. More about Sarah Deer.

Throughout the Month
The Consent Crawl
Campus Bars
April 1st through 30th

A month-long campaign promoting awareness and education about alcohol-related sexual assaults and affirmative consent. The campaign is hosted by the Counseling Center and participating campus bars.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month Kickoff

Red Flag Campaign Kickoff
Thursday, March 31st, 12–1 pm RESCHEDULED for Wednesday, April 20th
Main and Bardeen quads
Free and open to the public

What can you do to challenge situations that have a potential of escalating to sexual assault or dating violence? Come to the Main Quad and/or Engineering Quad to learn about red flags, resources, and how you can intervene. Take the bystander pledge!

ICARE Workshop
Friday, April 1st, 2–3:30 pm
Women’s Resources Center, 703 S. Wright St., 2nd Floor, Champaign

A 90 min workshop provided by FYCARE Peer Facilitators where students will dialogue about consent and learn a variety of intervention skills to use if when observing unsafe behaviors.

Sigma Psi Zeta Sexual Assault Awareness Charity Dinner
Friday, April 1st, 5–6:30 pm
Asian American Cultural Center, 1210 W. Nevada St., Urbana
Sponsored by Sigma Psi Zeta

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Week of April 3rd

It’s On Us National Week of Action
April 3rd through 9th

It’s On Us is a White House campaign aimed at combatting sexual assault on college campuses. The University of Illinois has been a national leader in the campaign, with over 4,500 students taking the It’s On Us pledge to be an active bystander and support survivors. The UIUC It’s On Us Task Force will be leading our campus’s events in this spring’s National Week of Action. Take the pledge at itsonus.org.

Denim Day Workshop
Monday, April 4th, 7–9 pm
Women’s Resources Center, 703 S. Wright St., 2nd Floor, Champaign
Sponsored by Expressive Arts Association, Women’s Resources Center, and the Counseling Center

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and on April 27th is Denim Day, a sexual violence prevention and educational campaign based off a young woman’s rape and trial where a judge ruled since the woman was wearing jeans, she must have helped removed them, therefore implying consent. Oftentimes a person’s rape is justified through the clothing they wear so Denim Day is about spreading awareness to stop victim blaming as well as an opportunity for healing through art.

The Expressive Arts Association will provide a workshop where participants can decorate small denim patches. Then the patches will be added to a quilt that is displayed on Denim Day.

AmnesTEA
Monday, April 4th, 6–8 pm
University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright St., Champaign

An open discussion about the myths and truths of sexual assault on our campus and globally. Discussion will be prompted by viral videos around the same subjects. Conversation is lead by a few grounding questions, but focuses mainly on what the audience wishes to discuss.

Recognizing Red Flags
Tuesday, April 5th, 12–3 pm
Parkland College, Student Union
Sponsored by the Sexual Assault Awareness Month Committee at Parkland College

Courage Connection informational table.

India’s Daughter | Sexual Assault Awareness Month Film Screening
Tuesday, April 5th, 7–9 pm
Spurlock Museum Knight Auditorium, 600 S Gregory St, Urbana

Join us for a screening and discussion of India’s Daughter as part of National Sexual Assault Awareness Month and International Week at the University of Illinois.

Co-sponsored by the International and Area Studies Library, Women’s Resources Center, Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and U.S. Department of Education Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language program, and the Center for Global Studies.

ABOUT THE FILM

The recently released BBC documentary India’s Daughter, by Leslee Udwin, captures the story of the brutal rape and murder of a young medical student on a bus in Delhi in December 2012. Banned by the Indian Government, the film has raised important questions about violence against women.

A panel discussion will follow the screening, examining the documentary and its ban by Indian Government through the lens of law, media, history, and gender politics. Panelists include: RINI BHATTACHARYA MEHTA, Ph.D., Comparative and World Literature; SUVARNA MENON, PHD. CANDIDATE, Department of Psychology; JULIE LAUT, M.A., Ph.D. CANDIDATE, Department of History; RACHEL LAUREN STORM, M.Ed., Assistant Director, Women’s Resources Center; MARA THACKER, MSLS (Moderator), Assistant Professor, International and Area Studies Library.

The Fine Line: Substance Use and Consent
Tuesday, April 5th, 7 pm
Illini Union Room 406
Sponsored by the Counseling Center, Alcohol and Other Drug Office (AODO), and Inner Voices Social Issues Theatre

The collaboration of Inner Voices, AODO, and the Counseling Center will provide an interactive and informative workshop aimed at examining affirmative consent amidst substance use.

The Fine Line: Substance Use and Consent
Wednesday, April 6th, 12–1 pm
School of Social Work, Room 2015

An interactive and informative workshop aimed at examining affirmative consent amidst substance use.

How to Be A Better Support System Workshop
Wednesday, April 6th, 5:30–6:30 pm
Women’s Resources Center, 703 S. Wright St., 2nd Floor, Champaign

A workshop discussing the ways that allies and friends of survivors can be a support system.

ConsenTEA
at Parkland College
Thursday, April 7th, 11 am–1 pm
Parkland College, Student Union
Free and open to the public

How is asking for sexual consent like serving tea? Come have a cup of tea and have a discussion about it!

Slut Walk 2016
Friday, April 8th, 5:30 pm
Anniversary Plaza, Main Quad

Founded in 2011 in response to a police officers comment that women should avoid dressing like sluts in order to stay safe, Slut Walk is a call to arms to challenge the culture of victim blaming.

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Week of April 10th

Anti-Street Harassment Week
April 10th through 16th

Join us for the sixth annual International Anti-Street Harassment Week, April 10–16, 2016! Together we can let people affected by street harassment know its not their fault and theyre not alone. We can inform communities that this is a problem that we all need to care about and address. And we can demand changes.

Dish It Up | Sexual Assault and Tenants Rights: Understanding Your Options Under the Law
Monday, April 11th, 12–1 pm
Women’s Resources Center, 703 S. Wright St., 2nd Floor, Champaign

Join us for a lunch and lecture with Brittany Glenn, Program Manager of The Tenant Union, as we discuss the rights of tenant survivors of sexual assault or intimate partner violence.

Hot Topics Dialogues | Trigger Warnings: Balancing Academic Freedom and Survivor Support
Monday, April 11th, 7–9 pm
Women’s Resources Center, 703 S. Wright St., 2nd Floor, Champaign

Emerging in online spaces, trigger warnings—content warnings to for survivors of violence—have gained traction in the classroom, but do they impede academic freedom?

Hot Topics Dialogues, hosted by both the YWCA of the University of Illinois and Women’s Resources Center, are designed to foster dialogue and engage participants in conversations at the intersection of identity and social justice. Accessibility accommodations are available. Contact the Women’s Resources Center 217–333–5896 for more information.

Arts and Activism Workshop with Tatyana Fazlalizadeh
Tuesday, April 12th, 1–2:30 pm
Women’s Resources Center, 703 S. Wright St., 2nd Floor, Champaign
Sponsored by the Women’s Resources Center, Counseling Center, SCPF (pending)
Free event, but open to students only by registration. RSVP to womenscenter@illinois.edu.

Students will get a chance to understand sexual harassment and how it manifests and explore creating social activism efforts with Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, creator of the Stop Telling Women to Smile art campaign.

Stop Telling Women to Smile: Tatyana Fazlalizadeh Lecture
Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Anti-Street Harassment Week Keynote
Tuesday, April 12th, 7 pm
Allen Hall, Main Lounge
Free and open to the public

"Stop Telling Women to Smile” is an art series by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. The work attempts to address gender based street harassment by placing drawn portraits of women, composed with captions that speak directly to offenders, outside in public spaces (StopTellingWomenToSmile.com). Tatyana Fazlizadeh will provide a keynote lecture to the University of Illinois campus and community, addressing the Stop Telling Women to Smile project and ending street harassment and gender-based violence. She will also provide a workshop for students on sexual harassment and activism the day of the lecture.

Tatyana’s visit will coincide with both Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Anti-Street Harassment Week, both of which are annual international events. Street harassment and sexual assault are two different but connected forms of sexual violence, representing both individual acts of power and control and institutional mechanisms that keep in place the marginalization of various identity groups. Tatyana’s artistic work with survivors across gender identity, ability level, race, ethnic background, class, religion, and sexual orientation has a healing power that can unite us in challenging the various forms of sexual coercion and identity-based oppression that keep us locked into a rape culture. Paid for by the Student Cultural Programming Fee.

Sexual Health and Consent
Wednesday, April 13th, 12 pm
Student Union, Parkland College
Sponsored by the Sexual Assault Awareness Month Committee at Parkland College

Planned Parenthood informational table on consent and sexual health

ManTalks Film Screening and Discussion | “My Masculinity Helps”
Wednesday, April 13th, 7–9 pm
Women’s Resources Center, 703 S. Wright St. 2nd Fl. Champaign

Join us for a ManTalks film screening & discussion of My Masculinity Helps a documentary on African-American men ending sexual assault. ManTalks is a bimonthly discussion series about men and masculinity at the Women’s Resources Center.

MY MASCULINITY HELPS explores the role of African American men and boys in the prevention of sexual violence. It shows African American male allies (psychologist, professor, peer educator, attorney, pastor, athlete, middle and high school students, activist) demonstrating understanding and support for survivors of sexual violence. Strategies for assistance and prevention are provided. Survivors also share their stories and what has helped them. The film serves as a counter-narrative to often inaccurate and misleading portrayals of African American masculinity. Our goal is to engage boys and men in the deconstruction of gender roles, masculinity, and power and in the prevention of sexual violence. It can be used in schools, colleges, and athletic, professional, community, and faith-based organizations.

Sexuality After Sexual Violence | WRC Sexual Health Series
Thursday, April 14th, 1–2 pm
Women’s Resources Center, 703 S. Wright St., 2nd Floor, Champaign

A safe space workshop on sexuality after sexual violence by Molly McLay, Assistant Director of the Women’s Resources Center and Kim Rice, Sexual Health Educator of McKinley Health Center. Part of the Women’s Resources Center’s Sexual Health Series.

Stride for Survivors
Friday, April 15th, 4 pm
Main Quad

Walk to end sexual violence sponsored by Black Greek Council, Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Council, and United Greek Council.

A Benefit for RACES
Friday, April 15th, 5 pm
The Accord, Champaign

Benefit for RACES concert with performers: We the Animals, CLAW : Champaign Ladies Amateur Wrestling, More TBA

Breaking the Silence Social
Friday, April 15th, 7 pm
UCC Basement, 805 S 6th St.
Sponsored by Pride, Women of Pride, Campus Union for Trans Equality and Support, University of Illinois LGBT Resource Center, oSTEM

Local GSAs and LGBT organizations are invited to gather for a potluck social being hosted by the University’s LGBT groups: Pride, Women of Pride, and the Campus Union for Trans Equality and Support

Good Kids
Friday, April 15th and Saturday, April 16th, 7:30 pm (doors open at 7 pm)
Stock Pavilion, 1402 W Pennsylvania Ave, Urbana
Sponsored by the Penny Dreadful Players
Cost: $5 for students, $7 for adults
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Something happened to Chloe after that party last Saturday night. Something she says she can’t remember. Something everybody is talking about. Set at a Midwestern high school, in a world of Facebook and Twitter, smartphones and YouTube, Good Kids explores a casual sexual encounter gone wrong and its very public aftermath. Who’s telling the truth? Whose version of the story do you believe? And what does that say about you?

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Week of April 17th

It Happens Here
Monday, April 18th, 7:30 pm
SDRP 2025

An event that allows survivors of sexual assault to reclaim their voices. Personal narrative, anonymity and local are used to show sexual assault happens here and happens to anyone.

Body, Mind & Soul: Spirituality in the Aftermath of Sexual Assault
Tuesday, April 19th, 7 pm
University YMCA, Room K1
Sponsored by the Counseling Center

A panel of community members from faith and spiritual backgrounds who work with survivors will discuss how sexual assault has affected them in unique ways, including the conceptualization of and healing from the assault.

Red Flag Campaign
Wednesday, April 20th
Main and Bardeen quads
Free and open to the public

What can you do to challenge situations that have a potential of escalating to sexual assault or dating violence? Come to the Main Quad and/or Engineering Quad to learn about red flags, resources, and how you can intervene. Take the bystander pledge!

Writ n’ Rhymed Poetry Open Mic
Wednesday, April 20th, 7–9 pm
Women’s Resources Center, 703 S. Wright St, 2nd Floor, Champaign

Come enjoy poetry, spoken word, performance, and prose! With a theme of “Things You Wish You’d Said,” the event will focus on giving a voice back to those who have been affected by sexual assault. All are welcome to share your own work, read a piece you really enjoy, or just be part of the audience. No need to sign up beforehand - signup sheet will be passed around at the event. Refreshments will be provided. Should you require additional accommodations please contact us.

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Week of April 24th

Prayers of Healing & Voices of Protest: an ecumenical worship service for Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Sunday, April 24th, 7:30 pm
Community United Church of Christ, 805 S 6th St., Champaign

Amidst music and candlelight, we will offer both our prayers for healing for victims of sexual assault and a liturgy of protest against sexual violence. Clergy and lay people from across denominations will plan and lead this ecumenical worship service. All expressions of spirituality are welcome in this space. Co-sponsored by the Women’s Resources Center.

Dish It Up | The Trauma Diaspora and the Affective Archive
Monday, April 25th, 12 pm
Women’s Resources Center, 703 S. Wright St., 2nd Floor, Champaign

In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Dish It Up Lunch on Us presents a lecture by Meadow Jones, PhD. Candidate, Art Education, School of Art Design entitled “The Trauma Diaspora and the Affective Archive.” Enjoy a complimentary meal while listening to speakers, lecturers, and panelists explore a variety of topics at the intersection of gender and other social identities. Should you require additional accommodations (assistance with food& seating, large print programs, ASL interpreter, visual/audio assistance, etc.), please contact us. Paid for by SCPF.

What Happens In This House…
Monday, April 25th, 7–9 pm
Women’s Resources Center, 703 S. Wright St, 2nd Floor, Champaign
Sponsored by Sankofa Outreach Committee with Counseling Center, FAR/PAR Residence Halls, Women’s Resources Center

Discussion using multimedia clips to explore the complex nature and ineffective coping mechanisms of sexual violence within African American families.

RACES Fundraiser at Parkland College
Tuesday, April 26th, 11 am– 1 pm
U-Lounge, Student Union, Parkland College
Sponsored by the Sexual Assault Awareness Month Committee at Parkland College

Parkland College's fundraiser for Rape Advocacy Counseling & Education Services (RACES) will take place Tuesday, April 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the college's Student Union. Guests can choose from a variety of handmade bracelets or make their own bracelets on-site. Personally decorated T-shirts ($12 for faculty/staff/public, $8 for students) also will be available for sale, along with opportunities to decorate a wall with empowering messages (cost TBA). The public is welcome to attend.

Parkland College proudly supports RACES' Save Our Services campaign and appreciates its valuable services that offer victim advocacy to survivors of sexual assault and provide educational programs about sexual assault.

BREAK THE SILENCE: Scenes addressing sexual assault, survival, support and speaking out
Tuesday, April 26th, 8 pm
Trelease Hall (Florida Ave. Residence Halls)

INNER VOICES Social Issues Theatre will present “Break the Silence: Scenes of survival, support and speaking out.” A discussion follows. This event is hosted by the Multi-Cultural Advocates at Trelease.

Denim Day
Wednesday, April 27th, 11 am–4 pm
Main Quad & Ikenberry Commons

Denim Day is a sexual violence prevention and educational campaign based off a young woman’s rape and trial where a judge ruled since the woman was wearing jeans, she must have helped removed them, therefore implying consent. Oftentimes a person’s rape is wrongfully justified through the clothing they wear so Denim Day is about spreading awareness to stop victim blaming as well as an opportunity for healing through art.

ManTalks Workshop | Discussion: Unbinding Violence and Masculinity
Wednesday, April 27th, 7–9 pm
Women’s Resources Center, 703 S. Wright St., 2nd Floor, Champaign

Join us for a workshop on “Unbinding Violence & Masculinity” featuring FYCARE facilitator, Josh Stabinsky.

BREAK THE SILENCE: Scenes addressing sexual assault, survival, support and speaking out
Wednesday, April 27th, 8 pm
University YMCA, Latzer Hall , 1001 S. Wright St., Champaign
Hosted by Chi Omega

INNER VOICES Social Issues Theatre presents “BREAK THE SILENCE: Scenes addressing sexual assault, survival, support and speaking out.”

Take Back the Night
Thursday, April 28th, 7 pm
Urbana & Campus
Sponsored by the Women’s Resources Center
Open to anyone

Take Back the Night is a march and rally against sexual violence. The march begins at 7pm at Lincoln Square Mall in the West parking lot (off Race Street) The march will end with a survivor speak out at NOYES Laboratory, Room 217.

Family Communication about Sexual Assault Workshop
Friday, April 29th, 2–3 pm
Women’s Resources Center, 703 S. Wright St., 2nd Floor, Champaign

Family Communication about Sexual Assault Workshop provided by Counseling Center Paraprofessionals explores how families approach the sensitive topic of sexual assault and some of the barriers that may be associated with these scenarios. This workshop aims to provide tools to navigate this topic and help those currently dealing with similar situations. The Women’s Resources Center Sexual Health Series offers comprehensive, medically-accurate information about sexual health and sexuality in a safe space for students to ask questions and seek support.

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Sponsors and Co-sponsors

Sexual Assault Awareness Month is organized by Parkland College, Rape Advocacy Counseling & Education Services, and the University of Illinois Women's Resources Center, with support from the following units at Illinois: Air Force ROTC, Alcohol and Other Drug Office, Army ROTC, Amnesty International, Black Greek Council, Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center, Campus Acquaintance Rape Education, Center for Global Studies, Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Counseling Center, Counseling Center Paraprofessionals, Campus Union for Trans Equality and Support, Department of Theatre, Division of Public Safety, Expressive Arts Association, Fraternity & Sorority Affairs, Illinois Student Senate, Inner Voices Social Issues Theatre, Interfraternity Council, International and Area Studies Library, It's On Us Task Force, LGBT Resource Center, McKinley Health Center, Native American House, Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations, Office of the Dean of Students, Open Ears, oSTEM, Panhellenic Council, Pride, Rape Awareness and Prevention Committee, Students Against Sexual Assault, School of Social Work, She's the First, Unit One Allen Hall, United Greek Council, University Housing, University YWCA, U.S. Department of Education Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program, and Women of Pride. It is paid for in part by the Student Cultural Programming Fee. Community partners include The Accord, Community United Church of Christ, Courage Connection, Nicodemus Agency, Planned Parenthood, and Smile Politely.