Sexual Violence Awareness Events
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: The International Men's March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence takes place annually on the St. Mary's College track and involves the entire local community as men from the campus and surrounding area together to walk in "her" shoes-- literally, high heels-- and improve the dialog surrounding gender inequality and violence against women.
Take Back the Night
Throughout its history, Take Back the Night has inspired women and men to confront a myriad of social ills, including rape, sexual violence, domestic violence, violence against children, and violence against women. The unifying theme throughout these diverse topics is the assertion that all human beings have the right to be free from violence, the right to be heard, and the right to reclaim those rights if they are violated.
For more information on Take Back the Night, click here.
The Clothesline Project
The Clothesline Project is a program started in Cape Cod, Mass. in 1990 to address the issue of violence against women. It is a vehicle for women affected by violence to express their emotions by decorating a t-shirt. They then hang the t-shirts on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to the problem of violence against women.
For more information on The Clothesline Project, click here.
RAINN (Rape Abuse and Incest National Network) is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. Among its programs, RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (1.800.656.HOPE) and recently launched the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline. Both hotlines are free, confidential, and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
RAINN Day is an annual campaign that encourages volunteers and advocates to raise awareness about sexual violence on campuses across the country and to get others involved in the prevention of sexual violence. At the St. Mary's College event, students and other passers-by sign pledges to actively participate in helping to end sexual violence.
Two First Responders tabling for RAINN Day, with a wall of signed anti-violence pledges behind them, October 2011
For more information on RAINN Day, click here.
Relationship Violence Awareness Day
Relationship Violence Awareness Day is an event to raise awareness on campus for relationship violence. Past events have focused on educating the campus community about warning signs of relationship violence and how to intervene, as a bystander or as a friend, in violent relationship situations. In October 2011, the First Responder Network collected decorated quilt squares depicting students' responses to relationship violence and created the "Healthy Relationships Quilt," below.
The First Responder Network with the newly-created Healthy Relationships Quilt, October 2010
Sexual Assault Awareness Month
The month of April is designated as Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence.
For more information on Sexual Assault Awareness Month, visit the National Sexual Violence Resource Center website.
Stalking Awareness Month
The month of January is designed to raise awareness and prevent stalking on campus. For more information visit the Stalking Awareness website.