Support survivors during Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Friday, April 7, 2023 Support survivors during Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The Center for Advocacy, Response, and Education (CARE) will be hosting events and activities all month long to support survivors and educate the campus community. Here are the ways you can show your support and get involved with ending sexual violence.

"What Were You Wearing?" Survivor Art Installation
12 to 7 p.m. April 10-12, Nebraska East Union Garden Room
11 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 18-20, Willa Cather Dining Complex Red Cloud

Visit this art exhibit that asks participants to understand that it is never about the clothing when sexual violence occurs. This display will show representations of outfits worn during assaults with accompanying stories from sexual violence survivors. Inspired by the poem “What I Was Wearing” by Dr. Mary Simmerling, the project intends to shed light on the burden of self-blame brought forth by the victim-blaming question that is pervasive for most survivors, and shatter the myth that sexual violence can be attributed to a person’s choice in clothing.

The exhibit is free and open to the public.

SARV Open Session
3 to 5 p.m. April 11, Nebraska East Union Arbor Suite
5 o 7 p.m. April 13, Willa Cather Dining Complex Pioneers Suite
4 to 6 p.m. April 26, Louise Pound Hall Room 3

Engage in conversation with fellow Huskers in a safe and inclusive environment while increasing a shared sense of responsibility and community. Facilitated by trained undergraduate Huskers CARE Peer Educators, SARV workshops are designed to help undergraduate students:

  • Gain awareness of and increase understanding of sexual assault and relationship violence.
  • Learn about programs and resources available on campus and in the community.
  • Be empowered to become active in daily life through prevention of power-based violence by knowing how to intervene.

SARV workshops are open and free to all UNL students. Register to attend one of three sessions this month.

Denim Day 2023
All Day April 26

Join the Center for Advocacy, Response & Education in wearing denim in solidarity with sexual violence survivors. Per, the international campaign began in 1999 after a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices stated that since the victim was wearing tight jeans, she must have helped remove them, thereby implying consent. Women in the Italian Parliament came to work the next day wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim/survivor.

Stop by the CARE booth to learn how you can get involved in violence prevention on campus, and show your support of survivors by participating in the creation of a denim art display.

Grab a coffee on campus
All April at Academic Grind, Tazza at Knoll, Othmer or UHC, and Yes Chef Cafe

Spread awareness of Sexual Assault Awareness Month while you caffeinate from one of these on-campus coffee shops. Grab a cup with a SAAM sticker on the sleeve and share a photo on social to show your support for survivors using #UNLSAAM.

For more about Sexual Assault Awareness Month, follow @care_at_unl on Instagram.

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