UConn Events during April: Sexual Assault Awareness Month

UConn’s Violence Against Women Prevention Program (VAWPP) has planned many events on the Storrs campus. Here is their announcement.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. We ask that you join us in working to end violence against women. Please distribute to your students and colleagues.

7th Robert Jensen: Getting Off – Pornography and the End of Masculinity:
Journalist, activist and author Robert Jensen will discuss his most recent book, Getting Off – “Expertly combining the ‘the personal’ with ‘the political,’ Robert Jensen exposes the pervasive misogyny of today’s pornography and forces us to face the ugliness of American masculinity.” Sonali Kolhatkar, host of Uprising. “Jensen’s brutally honest assessment of the increasingly pornographic world has never been more difficult to face, or more necessary. This book is essential reading for all of us who want to be part of the struggle for revolutionary social change.” – Gail Dines. Jensen is also author of The Heart of Whiteness: Confronting Race, Racism and White Privilege.
Monday, 7:00 p.m. – Student Union Theater

14th- 16th Acting Up! Ongoing student activism, education and awareness to end violence against women.

You’ve been VAWPPed: The VAWPP Performance Education Team will be staging live educational and “improvisational” performances around campus designed to highlight bystander interventions for naming and disrupting violence against women.
Silent Witness Campaign: A visual display of silhouettes representing women who have been the victims of domestic homicide. On display with educational materials and resources on
Monday – Wednesday, 10 – 2, Fairfield Way – Rain Location = Student Union Lobby.

16th These Hands Are Not For Hurting: UConn Men’s Project
The Men’s Project convenes weekly to discuss the role of men in challenging norms which support violent masculinity. This activism project invites other men to join them in pledging to not support, condone or perpetrate violence, particularly in their intimate partnerships.
Wednesday, 10:00 – 2:00, Fairfield Way

16th Take Back the Night: For Yourself – For The People You Love Rally, Candlelight Walk and Speak Out
When sexual violence ends, what will you be able to do? Be intimate without fear? Walk alone? Wear whatever you like? Have women feel totally safe with you? Love freely? You have been affected by sexual violence. Our community doesn’t talk about it enough, but it is time to acknowledge that sexual violence happens. We invite you, as a member of this community, to do your part to help prevent it. Walk, listen, and speak with us in solidarity against sexual violence. Survivors are invited to share their stories, poetry, spoken word, music during the Speak Out portion of the evening.
Wednesday, 7:00pm-Rally Student Union
8:00 Candlelight Walk
9:00 Speak Out, Spoken Word, Sharing-Student Union-lounge area

21st Stalking and Cyberstalking: Identification and Safety on Campus
Linda Blozie, Director of Public Affairs: Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence will discuss how we can define and recognize stalking, share information about prevalence on college campuses, review strategies for risk reduction and primary prevention education. In particular, she will focus technology as one method in a broader spectrum of behavior.
Monday, 4:00 p.m., Women’s Center

23rd Healing from Childhood Sexual Abuse: From Surviving to Thriving:
Stacy Karpowitz, Coordinator of Outreach Education and Laura Abbatemarco, Family Advocate from the Aetna Foundation Children’s Center of St. Francis Hospital will provide a basic overview of the common experiences of survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Special attention will be paid to the concerns of college students, who may be away from their perpetrators for the first time, and/or may be disclosing or recalling their story for the first time. The workshop will focus on pathways of healing and is appropriate for survivors, loved ones, friends, and faculty/staff who may be in a position to support survivor healing. This workshop was organized in partnership with UConn Student Mental Health Services.
Wednesday, Noon, Women’s Center

29th Until Someone Wakes Up – (Play)
The “Performance Education Team” of VAWPP, along with dedicated recruits and allies, will be presenting this funny, serious and compelling play about gender, consent and communication. Lively and informative, this is your basic consent workshop, super-sized and VAWPP-o-fied! Don’t miss it!
Tuesday, 7pm, Student Union Ballroom – 3rd Floor


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