April

 Wall of Healing

All Month
Southern Connecticut State University
Women’s Center, Facebook and Twitter

Healing Wall with poetry, art and masks created by our friends and allies to honor, and remember survivors of sexual assault. Send your submissions to Ebony McClease at mccleasee1@owls.southernct.edu.

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V-Men

Date: Monday, April 8th                                                                                                                                                                          Time: 5:00pm– 7:00pm                                                                                                                                                        Location: Adanti Student Center 305

V-Men is an open and candid conversation amongst men about the impact of men's violence against women.  It is the men's component of V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. Please join us for this important discussion and help us end the violence. 

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Living in a Rape Culture (Women's Center)

Date: Wednesday, April 3rd
Time: 1:00pm -2:00pm
Location: Adanti Student Center 229

This program will identify rape culture and its impact in our daily lives it. It will ask participants to look at it from a female and male perspective. This program includes interactive exercises and media images to help facilitate the discussion. For more information contact Ms. Ebony McClease at 203-392-5786 or Mccleasee1@owls.southernct.edu.

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Invisible War Film Screening (Women's Center)

Date: Monday, April 15th
Location: Adanti Student Center 309
Time: 1:00pm -2:00pm

Join us for a screening of the groundbreaking, investigative documentary “The Invisible War,” which reveals the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military. The screening will be followed by a brief discussion.

In 2010, more than 19,000 male and female service members are estimated to have been assaulted, and the number of military sexual assaults in the last decade is believed to be in the hundreds of thousands. Near equal numbers of men and women screen positive for military sexual trauma. The film traces the powerfully emotional stories of several male and female veterans and features interviews with military officials and members of Congress.

This screening is part of The Invisible War campaign to tell survivors of military sexual trauma that they are not invisible, and to urge civilians, veterans, and active-duty military across the country to hold the U.S. military accountable for creating responsible, comprehensive, and just policies for preventing and prosecuting rape and sexual violence among service members. For more information contact Ms. Ebony McClease at 203-392-5786 or Mccleasee1@owls.southernct.edu.

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Take Back the Night (Women's Center)
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Date
: Wednesday, April 17
Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Adanti Student Center Ballroom

Take Back the Night is an annual international rally and march that is organized in local communities across the country with the purpose of unifying women and men against sexual assault and violence against women, men and children.  This year's theme at SCSU is " Stop the Silence! End the Violence!There is NO excuse for abuse!" The " Stop the Silence! End the Violence!There is NO excuse for abuse! " theme was created to reflect the need to END all excuses for acts of violence against women.  The event includes guest speakers, a speak-out and a campus-wide march.

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Writing as Healing: Becoming One’s Own Hygeia (Women's Center, Counseling Services)

Date: Thursday, April 18th
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Adanti Student Center 305

Did you know that writing can be used as a form of expressive therapy and healing?  The act of writing—anything from journaling to creative forms—can help ease troublesome thoughts and anxieties, release negative emotions  and foster healing from psychological traumas.  Participants in this workshop will have the opportunity to learn about the benefits of writing therapy, how and in what ways writing therapy can support mental health, and different writing therapy techniques. They will also engage in a small sampling of writing exercises. (“Hygeia” in the title is a Greek goddess of healing—both physical and mental.) For more information contact Ms. Ebony McClease at 203.392.5786 or at mccleasee1@owls.southernct.edu

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Teal Ribbon Campaign

Campus-Wide

Wear Your Teal Ribbon on Monday, April 22nd, 2013 - Friday, April 26th, 2012!

There is no excuse for violence! Every individual has the right to live in peace and not in fear of violence. The responsibility to create a non-violent world lies with each person, families and the community. A respectful and healthy relationship is our goal and we all need to commit to this effort. Across the nation, the color of teal has come to represent awareness about sexual assault so wear a ribbon and join in on the pledge to support the end of sexual violence. Ribbons can be picked up at any of the April Sexual Assault Awareness Month events or visit the Women's Center in Schwartz Hall. For more information contact Ms. Ebony McClease at 203-392-5786 or Mccleasee1@owls.southernct.edu.

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Exotic Women: Myths and Stereotypes about Women of Color (Women's Center)

Date: Monday, April 22nd
Time: 1:00pm -2:00pm
Location: Adanti Student Center 233

The presentation will explore images of women of color across a broad range of media and discuss how these images contribute to cultural violence. For more information contact Ms. Ebony McClease at 203-392-5786 or Mccleasee1@owls.southernct.edu.

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Student Denim Day

Wednesday, April 24th
Campus Wide
All Day

Denim Day is an international anti-rape, anti-violence, anti-victim blaming campaign that is based on wearing denim jeans as a tool to protest against rape and violence.

History of Denim Day

In Italy 1992, an 18-year-old woman is raped by her driving instructor. The case goes to court but the driving instructor appeals it all the way to the Italian Supreme Court where a judge said "because the victim wore very, very tight jeans," she must have helped him take off her jeans, thereby deeming the rape as consensual sex. Within the next few hours the women of the Italian Parliament wore jeans in protest.

What can you do?

Join us in this protest against rape and violence in solidarity here at Southern! Wear denim and a button on April 24th. Showing that you refuse to be a silent bystander! For more information, contact Ms. Ebony McClease at 203-392-5786 or Mccleasee1@owls.southernct.edu.