Change the Culture: Sexual Assault Awareness Week, April 3-7
“Be THERE … as a friend to support; … as a bystander to intervene; … as a Torero to CHANGE THE CULTURE.” The opening message on a promotional flier for the 2017 University of San Diego’s Sexual Assault Awareness Week (SAAW) seeks to not only to create awareness, but encourages everyone to take action.
This week, April 3-7, USD’s Women’s Center and the university’s Campus Assault Resource and Education (C.A.R.E) program are hosting events that encourage discussion, compassion and empathy to create solidarity among the entire campus community.
The UC Exhibit Hall is set up all this week as a centralized Self-Care and Solidarity Space. Feel free to gather, relax and meet others within the campus community to talk and to express solidarity. The SAAW kickoff took place here on Monday.
On Tuesday, from 7:45 to 8:45 p.m., USD’s Hahn University Center Forums A and B will host “Beat the Blame Game.” Catharsis Productions will present on how to stop victim-blaming by creating communities that support survivors and prevent violence.
Take Back the Night, a signature event during SAAW, will take place on Wednesday evening starting at 6:45 p.m. at the Student Life Pavilion’s Plaza Mayor. Everyone gathering there will first hear spoken word artists and then march across the USD campus with messages of empowerment to the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice where the program will conclude with survivor stories and a vigil.
Two events take place on Thursday. “Yes Means Yes!” from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in UC Forum B is a student-led dialogue about consent, healthy relationships and cultural messages we are provided. A nacho bar will be on site, too. Also on Thursday is Supreme Drag Superstar VI, an event hosted by USD’s student PRIDE organization in which gender expression is celebrated and the audience will learn about the experiences of trans and gender-fluid communities. This event is from 7 to 9 p.m. in Shiley Theatre.
Friday’s event, Yoga for Healing and Empowerment, is from noon to 1 p.m. in the UC Exhibit Hall. Mats will be provided.
In addition to these many SAAW events, the campus community is encouraged to be heard by taking USD Associated Students’ anonymous survey about sexual assault and campus climate. Go to http://www.sandiego.edu/sasurvey for more information. The survey is available now through April 15.
For additional information about SAAW events, visit the USD Sexual Assault Awareness Week Facebook page or contact the Women’s Center’s Wellness Education and Training Specialist, Sarah Borger, at email@example.com
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