The month of April is nationally recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The Sexual Violence Prevention and Education team collaborates with campus and community partners to create a month full of educational and interactive ways to address sexual violence. The last week of the month, Sexual Violence Prevention Week, focuses on prevention programming and features Take Back the Night. Check out ways to get involved below!
We know that talking about sexual assault can cause heightened emotions; if you need a quiet place to decompress and recenter, the Duck Nest is available to students during its regular office hours. If you need support, please contact the University Counseling Center or visit safe.uoregon.edu.
One in five women and one in sixteen men experience sexual violence by the time they leave college. If we apply these ratios to the University of Oregon, that means statistically 3,250 people will be sexually assaulted during their time at UO. From April 2 to April 3, Fraternity and Sorority Life invites all UO community members to come reflect on this statistic and share commitments to reducing the number of people impacted by sexual violence.
The Lyllye B. Parker Womxn of Color Speaker Series, named after longtime local advocate for Students of Color, Ms. Lyllye B. Parker, hosts a keynote speaker who addresses the intersections of racism, sexism, and other systems of oppression that Womxn of Color face on individual, institutional, and societal levels.
Jillisblack is a writer/trainer/lecturer. Her social commentary is centered around inner and outer-community hierarchies, the myth of white fragility and other words for racism, the endlessly-pending and highly-exclusive revolution, identity, and reaction-based illusions of societal progress. It is Jill’s belief that the shift away from anti-difference will begin with an outpouring of radical, multi-generational, inclusive, and validating honesty.
The Hunting Ground is a documentary that exposes rape crimes on U.S college campuses, their institutional cover-ups, and the devastating toll they take on students and their families. By showing this movie, we want the community here at the University of Oregon to become educated and aware of these issues on our campus. We want to show support in solidarity with survivors of sexual violence.
Each year, UO Prevention Services starts Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) with the Alliance for Sexual Assault Prevention (ASAP) launch party. This is an opportunity to showcase the events that will occur during SAAM, share resources, and help each other promote events, and celebrate the incredible network we have of individuals who are committed to sexual violence prevention. Please join us!
Feel free to bring any promotional materials either for events you will be hosting or for services provided by your organization/department. We will have an opportunity to swap materials so that each SAAM event will be equipped with resources from across campus.
Student-athletes at the Women's Beach Volleyball match on April 6th will be wearing black t-shirts with a teal ribbon to show their support in solidarity with survivors of sexual violence. The color teal represents sexual assault awareness and student-athletes want to use their platform to educate, raise awareness, and honor all who have been harmed.
Every body deserves to experience pleasure! Join us as we discuss ways to engage in play with all bodies. We will be sharing the best toys and insightful sex hacks to accommodate people with different levels of mobility, bodies of different sizes, and disabled people. Pre-registration is required, cost $10 per person. Please call or stop by As You Like It to register and reserve your space.
Our teacher will be individual and relational therapist and AYLI staff member, Keisha Janney. She is excited to talk about her experiences with adapting sex to fit differing levels of physical abilities, as well as removing shame and stigma.
People of all abilities, genders, sexualities, experience levels, and relationship structures are welcome to attend. The workshop entrance is a barrier free, unpowered door. Please refrain from wearing scents, perfumes, and other added fragrances. For full details, please see the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/446037329467939/
Come by the EMU Green lawn between April 8-12 to view a display of 3,250 red Solo cups. Each cup represents a survivor of sexual violence on this campus. One in five women and one in sixteen men experience sexual violence by the time they leave college. If we apply these ratios to the University of Oregon, that means statistically 3,250 people will experience sexual harm during their time at UO.
Sex Café is a connective, safer-space in which we reflect, co-educate, and care for ourselves and one another responsibly as sexually active people. We reflect on our lived experiences related to our feminine identity with things like societal messages, healthy partner communication, body image, and whatever else comes up… over café beverages and food, of course!
The café-style conversation will focus on sex-positivity and healthy relationships as a part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
Join UO journalism students as they reveal what they learned in reporting ways to combat sexual assault and what we can do now to make a difference. The event will include an interactive discussion about next steps with community leaders, elected officials, and you. Light refreshments will be available.
Dr. Judy Neighbours, clinical psychologist and director of OSU's Survivor Advocacy and Resource Center, will be speaking about sexual violence and how to support survivors in a way that does not contribute to further victimization. Join us!
Sexual Violence Prevention and Education will be presenting Get Explicit 101T, the workshop for new UO students, for interested faculty and staff. After the presentation, faculty and staff will be invited to share thoughts about how to improve Get Explicit for future students.
At the lacrosse game on April 12, student-athletes (as well as their opponents) will be wearing shirts they have designed to honor Yeardley Love, a senior lacrosse player who lost her life in 2010 due to domestic violence. Their efforts are aligned with the One Love Foundation which aims to bring an end to relationship violence by educating, empowering, and activating campus communities in a movment of change.
Student-athletes at the Women's Soccer match on April 13th will be wearing black t-shirts with a teal ribbon to show their support in solidarity with survivors of sexual violence. The color teal represents sexual assault awareness and student-athletes want to use their platform to educate, raise awareness, and honor all who have been harmed.
Come learn about how giving and getting consent can be fun, enjoyable, and sexy for everyone involved. With ice cream. The event starts at 11:30 AM and ends when the ice cream's gone; don't miss out!
What is sex to men? How do you make and keep meaningful relationships? Sex Café is a space where men can reflect, co-educate, and learn from one another responsibly as sexually active people. We will discuss the societal messages we receive about sex and how those messages impact our ability to communicate and thrive in relationships… over café beverages and food, of course! See you in the Duck Nest.
The café-style conversation will focus on sex-positivity and healthy relationships as a part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
If you’ve experienced trauma or know someone who has, you are not alone. While trauma can have profound impacts, it does not have to define who we become. This workshop will increase your understanding of what constitutes trauma and increase your awareness of trauma prevalence, signs and symptoms, and campus resources that can help. This workshop will also equip you with coping strategies for managing symptoms related to trauma exposure and PTSD. This workshop is free and open to UO students, faculty, and staff.
Come join us for snacks and refreshments as well as an interactive discussion about cross-cultural differences in intimate relationships. International students are invited to join in this discussion and will also have an opportunity to learn more about U.S. dating culture and how this fits with university expectations. Through this dialogue, students will learn about factors that may help to contribute to healthy intimate relationships such as setting boundaries and communication skills. Finally, students will be provided with helpful campus resources and supports.
Student-athletes at the Women's Tennis match on April 17th will be wearing black t-shirts with a teal ribbon to show their support in solidarity with survivors of sexual violence. The color teal represents sexual assault awareness and student-athletes want to use their platform to educate, raise awareness, and honor all who have been harmed.
Sohaila Abdulali's talk will feature her story and themes from her book, What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape.
Abdulali was gang-raped as a seventeen-year-old in Mumbai. Indignant at the silence on the issue in India, she wrote an article for an Indian women’s magazine questioning how we perceive rape and rape victims. Thirty years later her story went viral in the wake of the 2012 fatal gang rape in Delhi and the global outcry that followed. In 2013, Abdulali published an op-ed in The New York Times “After Being Raped, I Was Wounded; My Honor Wasn’t” that received wide circulation.
Now, as the #metoo and #timesup movements blow open the topic of sexual assault and rape, What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape (The New Press, 2018) is a brilliant, sharp, and entirely original contribution to our understanding.
Drawing on her own experience, her research, her work with hundreds of survivors as the head of a rape crisis center in Boston, and three decades of grappling with the issue as a feminist intellectual and writer, Abdulali examines the contemporary discourse about rape and rape culture, questioning our assumptions and asking how we want to raise the next generation.
She interviews survivors whose moving personal stories of hard-won strength, humor, and wisdom collectively tell the larger story of how societies may begin to heal. Abdulali also explores what we don’t talk about. Is rape always a life-defining event? Does rape always symbolize something? Is rape worse than death? Is rape related to desire? Who gets raped? Is rape inevitable? Is one rape worse than another? How does one recover a sense of safety and joy? How do we raise sons? Is a world without rape possible?
In the tradition of Rebecca Solnit, What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape is a beautifully written, deeply intelligent, searingly honest, unexpectedly funny—and ultimately hopeful—examination of sexual assault and the global discourse on rape told through the perspective of a survivor, writer, and former counselor.
Abdulali was born in Mumbai and moved to the United States with her family when she was a teenager. Since then, she has lived in both countries. She has a BA from Brandeis University in economics and sociology and an MA from Stanford University in communication. Her undergraduate thesis dealt with the socioeconomics of rape in India. She is the author of two novels as well as children’s books and short stories. Her writing frequently appears in The Guardian and other newspapers. She lives in New York with her husband and their daughter.
Sponsors for this talk include the University of Oregon CAS Deans, Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity, Center for the Study of Women and Society, CSWS Women of Color Project, Department of Anthropology, Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and the Office of the Dean of Students, Sexual Violence Prevention & Education.
Note: This talk is being sponsored by the Eugene Public Library and will also take place there on Wednesday, April 17 from 6-8 p.m. Location: Downtown Eugene Public Library, 110 W. 10th Ave. (10th & Olive), Eugene, OR 97401.
Come enjoy a fully-catered dinner with Family Housing, the Women's Center, Couples and Family Therapy, and the Nontraditional Student Program, as we engage in discussion around a pivotal topic: healthy relationships. Guest speaker Tiffany Brown, Couples and Family Therapy Clinical Director and Senior Lecturer, will provide an engaging and insightful presentation about how to care for our partners and ourselves. Focus will be on introducing tools that are easy to include in your day-to-day for romantic, intimate, work, and friend relationships. We'll also provide resources for continuing education and engagement, as well as insight as to how people in relationships and individuals can find counseling on campus. This event values the diversity present in relationships and welcomes individuals of all gender identities, sexual orientations, and relationship statuses to attend.
Let's Talk About It is an annual event hosted by Safe Ride during Sexual Assault Awareness Month. LTAI helps facilitate education and discussion about topics related to sexual assault. In the past, our topics have included campus sexual assault and safety resources, intersectional feminism, and sexual assault in marginalized communities. This year, we will focus on the intersection between intimate partner/dating/domestic violence and sexual violence. We are looking forward to having presentations from a panel of guest speakers as well as having engaging conversations with the UO community about this important issue. There will also be food!
The Solidarity Wall is a project created by the ARISE program in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The Solidarity Wall will stand in Memorial Quad for one week, April 22-25, as a blank canvas for students to share their words of encouragement for survivors of sexual assault. The purpose of The Solidarity Wall is to foster a community experience in awareness and restoration in regards to the issue of sexual assault.
As you may know, the Department of Education has a different agenda than prior administrations. This event helps to guide you through changes, and helps to equip you to share resources with your friends. We will also look at resources and sources of healing and hope. Free light supper - vegan and GF options, as well as a general menu.
Join Protection Connection, the University Health Center’s new safer sex supply access initiative, to build skills in real talk with your partner about navigating safer sex and consent. Learn from an expert guest speaker from Planned Parenthood, and leave with your very own stash of free safer sex supplies!
RHA, Rehearsals for Life, and Prevention Services invites students to join for an evening of interactive theater, bystander intervention, prizes, and free food! As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), you will have the opportunity to learn and practice strategies for how to best support your friends and fellow Ducks as you navigate real-world scenarios and challenging situations that often arise in college life. Join us!
On Wednesday, April 24, students, faculty, and staff are invited to join Fraternity & Sorority Life in participating in the Denim Day campaign. This campaign began 20 years ago as an act of protest following a court ruling in Italy which overturned a rape conviction because the survivor was wearing "tight jeans". The justices assumed that the survivor must have helped the person who raped her remove her jeans, implying consent. The day after the ruling, women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. Since that time, Peace Over Violence has invited people worldwide to wear jeans on this day as a symbol of protest against erroneous and problematic attitudes about sexual harrassment, abuse, assault, and rape. Join us in protesting the misconceptions present in our society about sexual violence by wearing jeans on Wednesday, April 24!
Though we know that harrassment, discrimination, and other forms of sexual violence happen on university campuses, reporting often doesn’t. There are many reasons why we don’t report, including not wanting to share our experiences, not feeling safe to share, fear of retaliation, and misunderstandings about reporting processes. Graduate students in particular may experience difficulty navigating reporting or support services and options, especially when we find ourselves in between our roles as teachers, researchers, and students.
As part of Sexual Assault Awareness month, the Survivor Support Caucus of the GTFF and the Sexual Violence Prevention and Education (SVPE) Office are putting together a ‘Share Why We Don’t Share’ workshop, where we can come together and discuss our concerns about reporting policies and practices, and develop solutions for support. We will be joined by Rachel Kovensky, a graduate employee working in the Office of the Dean of Students’ Sexual Violence Prevention and Education office, who will provide resources, support, and clarity over common misconceptions and confusion about reporting policies at the UO.
Please join us for an evening of discussion, support, and brainstorming about how to improve support for Graduate Students who experience discrimination, harassment, and sexual violence. This is an inclusive event, and we encourage folks from underrepresented groups on campus to attend. We value a diversity of perspectives, experiences, and identities.
Food and drinks will be provided.
The brain is the sexiest organ we have, and we should properly stimulate it like we would any other organ. If you want to tease your brain as well as your body, join us for the inaugural meeting of the new As You Read It Book Club! We will be reading and discussing books on a wide range of topics related to sexuality.
The book we will be discussing for this first meeting is Learning Good Consent by Cindy Crabb. You can find this book for loan at the Eugene Public Library, or you can purchase it from As You Like It either in person or online here: https://asyoulikeitshop.com/shop/media/educational-dvds/learning-good-consent-by-cindy-crabb/
Please be aware that some of our book selections may contain respectful but honest discussions of triggering topics, including sexual assault. Remember to respect your own boundaries when reading, and always feel free to skip pages, chapters, or books if your mental wellbeing requires.
We will be meeting for the first time on Wednesday, April 24th. Meetings will continue monthly, and will always be held on the last Wednesday of the month from 6-8 pm. For full details, please check out the facebook link below: https://www.facebook.com/events/1215534455272216/
Take Back the Night is a yearly international protest aimed at raising awareness about the realities of sexual and domestic violence on campus and in the community, both for survivors of sexual and domestic violence and those who want to support and bear witness in solidarity. Take Back the Night is a survivor-centered event that begins with a rally in the EMU Amphitheater, continues as a march through the streets of Eugene and ends with a Speak Out off-campus – during which survivors of sexual and domestic violence can share personal stories of how sexual and domestic violence has impacted their lives.
The day after Take Back the Night, the Wesley Center will be available for anyone as a safe place to process, restore, or just hang - either in quiet contemplation or in community with others. Arts and crafts and several rooms will be available. Refreshments including GF and vegan items will be provided.
While most men are not violent, most acts of sexual violence are committed by men. Following closely after the Take Back the Night march, we will discuss men’s role in preventing sexual violence, and explore how rape culture, power dynamics, and gender norms contribute to sexual violence. We will talk about strategies you can use in your own life such as clearly communicating about consent and bystander intervention to reduce sexual violence. We will also be sharing other helpful tools and resources available in our community.
People of all genders are strongly encouraged to attend, as diverse points of view are needed to understand men's role in ending sexual violence.
Join the UO Organization Against Sexual Assault for its annual Sex Toy Bingo fundraising event! The night will start out with a 30 minute panel discussion about campus sexual assault prevention, followed by food and socializing, and finally bingo.
This is your chance to win incredible donated items such as a crystal Chakrub, Vixen dildo, Magic Wand vibrator, bondage rope, lube, and SO MUCH MORE!
Recommended donation for a bingo card is a minimum of $5 with the chance to win items that are anywhere from $20-$200 in value! All proceeds from the event will be donated to Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS) which helps to connect survivors to resources in their community.