Women's Center

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Sexual Assault Awareness

The Women's Center collaborates with various campus departments, student organizations and local organizations to raise awareness about sexual violence and the profound impact it has on the USD community. We provide education and opportunities to take action throughout the year.

Vagina Monologues: UCSD Presents...

Thursday, February 26; 5pm - Tickets on sale at the UC Ticket Office

We will be hosting a faculty-led dinner discussion, and trip to UCSD to see a performance of the Vagina Monologues.

In support of USD's core values, the Women's Center gathers students to discuss and attend a Vagina Monologues performance each year as part of the "V-Day Movement." This event invites students to explore sexuality and the impact sexual violence has on both local and global communities by bearing witness to the experiences of women and girls throughout the world.


USD's core value of Compassionate Service calls us to "embrace the Catholic moral and social tradition by committing to serve with compassion, to foster peace and work for justice. We regard peace as inseparable from justice and advance education, scholarship and service to fashion a more humane world."

We in the Center believe it is through storytelling and experiencing the lived reality of others that we are truly transformed and able to move closer to who we are each called to be as change agents.

For the last 15 years, February has been home to an amazing display of activism called the V-Day movement. The purpose of "V-Day" is to end violence against women and girls worldwide. The V in V-Day stands for Victory, Valentine, and Vagina. This movement seeks to educate people about the global reality of violence against women and girls. Through benefits, films, and live performances (among many other creative ideas) people call attention to issues including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation, and sex slavery.

The "V-Day movement" began with a play called The Vagina Monologues, written by Eve Ensler, which combines over 200 interviews Eve conducted with women. The play focuses on women's sexuality and the social stigma surrounding rape and abuse, inviting everyone to start a new conversation about and with women. Eve used this forum to call people to action to end violence and it took off from there.

Each year V-Day "spotlights" a particular group of women in the world.

Sexual Assault Awareness Week - April 13-17, 2015

Sexual Assault Awareness Week is a time to support survivors in our community and come together to break the silence surrounding the issue of violence. By uniting together, we will stand up and work to end the violence that happens everyday. Like us and learn more on our Facebook page!

Clothesline Project - All Week

Clothesline Project Logo

Displayed throughout the week in various prominent locations, including in front of the Hahn University Center

The concept is simple - let each woman tell her story in her own unique way, using words and/or artwork to decorate her shirt. Once finished, she would then hang her shirt on the clothesline. This very action serves many purposes. It acts as an educational tool for those who come to view the Clothesline; it becomes a healing tool for anyone who make a shirt - by hanging the shirt on the line, survivors, friends and family can literally turn their back on some of that pain of their experience and walk away; finally it allows those who are still suffering in silence to understand that they are not alone. (clotheslineproject.org)

I Am Rising Photo Exhibit - All Week

picture of student holding I am rising sign

Take a photo and tell us why you're rising with #USDCampusRising! Post your photo on Facebook or Instagram and tag our page to be feature on the walls of our exhibit!

Monday, April 13

"My Masculinity Helps" Film Screening and Discussion
Black Student Resource Center

This documentary explores the role of African American men and boys in the prevention of sexual violence. Come engage in dialogue about masculinity and how to end sexual violence at USD.

Tuesday, April 14

Take Back the Night: March & Vigil
7pm, Plaza Mayor (outside of SLP)

Take Back the Night March

Join us in a march and vigil as we Take Back the Night to empower survivors of sexual violence. This annual event strives to both educate the campus community about the impact of sexual violence while also empowering survivors of sexual assault and those that care about them.

Wednesday, April 15

Shatter the Silence Open Mic Night

Shatter the Silence during Sexual Assault Awareness Week by coming and hearing artists from across campus perform pieces about gender based and sexual violence.

Thursday, April 16

PRIDE's Celebration of Gender Expression: Supreme Drag Superstar IV
Shiley Theatre

Transgender & Transsexual? Gender expression & gender identity?  What do these have to do with Sexual Assault Awareness Week?  Statistics show that the Trans Community is at a drastically higher risk for sexual and relationship violence.  Learn more about this important issue. 

Friday, April 17

"The Hunting Ground" Film Screening and Community Dialogue
UC Forum C

Additional Information

Take Back the Night Rally, 2009

President's Steering Committee on Sexual Assault Prevention and Response

Click here to read USD's Sexual Assault Protocol

USD Public Safety Sexual Assault Information and Resources