April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month!
Dartmouth College has made great strides in opening up the conversation about a subject that was once rarely discussed. Research indicates that 1 in 4 college aged women will be the victim of rape or attempted rape during her four years in college. Statistics for college aged men are not as clear but suggest extremely lower rates; however, we do know that many men experience sexual violence during their college careers. There are many people on the front lines working to support survivors and bringing perpetrators to justice, but that work alone will not end the problem. To prevent future victimization it will take a major shift in attitudes and awareness about a subject many people still don’t want to talk about.
Street Harassment Awareness Week
Monday-Friday, April 8-12
Streets and sidewalks around campus
Over 80% of women and LGBTQ individuals worldwide have experienced some sort of street harassment. Street Harassment Awareness Week is dedicated to raising awareness about this harassment and motivating people to act. Look out for slogans on the streets.
Clothesline Project T-Shirt Making
Wednesday, April 17
3:00-5:00pm on the Collis Patio
Come and make t-shirts to support the Clothesline Project. The Clothesline Project began in 1990 and is used to spread awareness about sexual and relationship violence. Survivors, supporters, and all others who care about the issue are invited to come make a t-shirt to be on display during Take Back the Night.
Wednesday-Wednesday, April 17-24
On display in Collis
Shirts decorated by sexual assault victims and supporters will be on display in Collis as a means of raising awareness about violence against women. Dartmouth has held this event for many years and the shirts on display have been made by Dartmouth community members. Click HERE for more information about the Clothesline Project's national campaign!
The Elephant in the Room: Men as Sexual Assault Survivors, Perpetrators, and Allies
Thursday, April 18
6:30pm in Rocky 003
Sexual violence is an issues that impacts everyone, including men. While they may not often speak out about their roles and experiences with sexual assault, men have a lot to say. From processing the unspoken narratives of men and boys who experience sexual assault to acknowledging astounding numbers of men who commit acts of violence and unearthing the countless men who stand up against rape culture, men's experiences with this issue are often thought of as "The Elephant in the Room."
Please join us on Monday, April 18 at 6:30pm in Rockefeller 003 for a panel discussion that will address men's experiences as sexual assault survivors, perpetrators, and allies. You will hear a variety of perspectives from Dartmouth men, including:
• Kip Dooley 12' – Dartmouth Alum and former Dartmouth Men's Lacrosse player
• David Sayet 13' – President of Men's Forum
• Peter W. Travis, PhD. – Dartmouth Professor, "The Masculine Mystique"
• Mark Hiatt, PhD. – Dick's House Staff Psychologist, Counseling and Human Development
As a part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month and in collaboration with The CGSE Men's Project and Student Health Promotion and Wellness, "The Elephant in the Room" seeks to add male perspective and voice to the ever-important discussion on ending sexual violence at Dartmouth College and beyond.
Precious: Body Image, Violence, and Hope
Monday, April 22
6:00pm in Rocky 003
The issues of sexual assault and disordered eating intersect in many ways. Survivors of violence may turn to food as a method of control and stability in their lives. The impact of sexual assault on those suffering from eating disorders may be devastating for the process of recovery. The link between sexual violence and eating disorders reveals a shared experience that is not often discussed and through shared experiences, there is hope.
Please join us for a screening of the film Precious. Following the film screening, there will be a brief discussion about the themes of sexual violence and disordered eating that emerged from the film. As a part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month and in collaboration with the Eating Disorder Peer Advisors and Student Health Promotion and Wellness, "Precious: Body Image, Violence, and Hope" seeks to provide a space to explore the intersection between sexual assault and disordered eating as well as inspire hope for those struggling.
How to Help a Friend: Talking about Sexual Assault
Tuesday, April 23
2:00-3:50pm in Collis 101
This workshop is for everyone who wants to be able to support their friends. When someone we care about discloses being hurt, we can feel at a loss for how to respond. We don't want to say the wrong thing and hurt them further. We want to help. This workshop will explore the effects of trauma and how to respond.
Understanding the Impact of Unwanted Sexual Experiences
Tuesday, April 23
5:30pm in Cutter Shabazz First Floor Lounge
An exploration of the impact that the trauma has on one's beliefs about themselves, relationships and the world. This talk by Dr. Nikki Hill, Staff Psychologist at Dick's House, will provide a better understanding for yourself or someone you care about who has been effected by unwanted sexual experiences and explore how counseling can be a helpful tool towards recovery. Refreshments and Q & A with Dr. Hill to follow.
Wednesday, April 24
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. Click HERE to find out more about Denim Day's national campaign!
Undue Influence Screening
Wednesday, April 24
7:00-8:30 in the Loew Theater (Black Family Visual Arts Center)
Sexual assault has moved into the national spotlight as an alarmingly serious problem on college campuses across the United States. The Dartmouth Dance Theater Ensemble (DDTE) has created an original, timely work dealing with this trend. The authorship of Undue Influence stems from each of the DDTE members to give this complex issue a physical form. The work is conceived and created as a visceral mirror in which college students can look at the phenomenon of sexual assault under a different lens than what is typically reported in the media. The work does not tell a specific story or provide a consummate answer to this serious problem. Rather, through the dramatic vehicle of Undue Influence, the complexity of sexual assault is viewed through different social facets, institutional traditions, hook up culture, the Greek system, alcohol use and pornography. The evening length work does not assume a bias but creates a picture in which the audience can examine the dilemma from multiple points of view. All the performers in Undue Influence have created their own unique characters. These fictitious personas were developed to illustrate stereotypical behaviors dealing with the social script inherent in college life. We strongly feel that Undue Influence is relevant to every college student, teacher and administration. It is our greatest hope that the work will provide immediate discussion that leads to creating a more active role in changing this unfortunate reality. Following the performance video will be a short discussion.
Take Back the Night (TBTN)- Rally & March
Thursday, April 25
5pm on the Collis Patio, Rain location Top of the Hop (Hopkins Center)
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 men and women 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!
1 in 3 Dinner and Discussion with Alpha Pi Omega Sorority, Inc
Friday, April 26
6:00-8:00pm in Paganucci Lounge ('53 Commons Dining Hall)
The discussion will be centered around the statistic that 1 in 3 Native American women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime and how that affects Native women in Native and non-Native communities. The event will have a candlelight vigil afterwards starting outside '53 Commons and ending in the center of the Green
Last Updated: 4/19/13