In the United States April marks Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). During SAAM activists raise awareness about sexual violence and how sexual violence impacts our community. Every April Dartmouth College joins hundreds of other Colleges and Universities across the country in opening up the conversation about a subject that, until recently, was rarely discussed.
Research indicates that 1 in 4 college aged women will experience a rape or attempted rape during her four years in college. Statistics for college men and transgender students are not as clear; although, we do know that many men and transgender students experience relationship or sexual violence during their college careers.
Every day Dartmouth students, staff and faculty work to prevent violence, support survivors and hold perpetrators accountable, but in order to shift our culture and prevent future victimization, we need everyone! Please join us this month as we continue to fight for an end to sexual violence at Dartmouth.
3rd Annual SPCSA Symposium on Sexual Assault
Friday, April 4
3:00-6:00pm Collis Common Ground
On Friday, April 4, 2014, the Student and Presidential Committee on Sexual Assault will be hosting it's 3rd annual symposium in Collis Common Ground from 3:00 to 6:00 PM. This will be a great way to hear from many of students and administrators working to combat this issue here at Dartmouth. Along with an update of SPCSA's progress this past year, the event will consist of two research presentations by the recipients of the SPCSA mini-grant, student and administrator presentations, and table discussions for students and members of the community to voice their thoughts, suggestions, opinions, and concerns. Attendees will also hear from Dean Johnson and President Hanlon, both of whom will be in attendance. Click HERE for more information.
Clothesline Project T-Shirt Decorating
Thursday, April 17
4:00-6:00pm at the Center for Gender & Student Engagement (CGSE)
Come and make t-shirts to support the Clothesline Project. The Clothesline Project began in 1990 and is used to spread awareness about relationship and sexual violence. Survivors, supporters, and all others who care about the issue are invited to come make a t-shirt to be on display the following week in Collis Atrium.
Sunday, April 20 - Saturday, April 26
On display in Collis Atrium
Shirts decorated by sexual assault survivors and supporters will be on display in Collis as a means of raising awareness about relationship and sexual. Dartmouth has held this event for many years and the shirts on display have been made by members of the Dartmouth community. Click HERE for more information about the Clothesline Project's national campaign!
Poster Making for Take Back the Night (TBTN)
Monday, April 21
3:00pm in Collis 101
Join us in making posters for Take Back the Night the following evening. These posters will be carried during the rally around campus! Be a part of the movement even if you are unable to attend the actual event!
Take Back the Night (TBTN)- Rally & March
Tuesday, April 22
6:30pm on the Collis Patio
Rain location: Center for Gender & Student Engagement (CGSE)
The rally first conceived in order to reclaim the right to move freely without sexual harassment and/or assault, day or night, is an opportunity for the community to come together to protest all forms of violence. The event will begin with speeches and an opportunity to hear from the public and will conclude with a march around campus. Click HERE for more information about TBTN's national campaign!
Wednesday, April 23
Wear Denim to show your support for survivors of Sexual Violence
What is Denim Day?
In 1999 the Italian High Court overturned a rape conviction because the victim was wearing tight jeans at the time of the assault. The justices stated that the victim must have helped her attacker remove her jeans, from which they inferred consent. People all around the world were outraged. Wearing jeans on this anniversary became an international symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual violence. Wear jeans with a purpose on April 23, 2014! Click HERE to find out more about Denim Day's national campaign!
Wednesday, April 23
10:00am, 12:30pm, and 3:00pm in Paganucci Lounge ('53 Commons)
As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, MAV is offering facilitated discussions for students to help us imagine what sexual violence prevention could look like on this campus. We encourage you to RSVP to Movement.Against.Violence@dartmouth.edu so we can be better prepared but walk-ins are always welcome.
How to Help a Friend
Thursday, April 24
2:00pm in Collis 101
How do I respond when a friend or partner discloses that they've experienced relationship or sexual violence? What should I say? What should I do? Sometimes the answers to these questions are different than what we think we would do. This workshop will explore barriers survivors have when reporting and identify helpful approaches to supporting your friend or partner.
Last Updated: 4/10/14