Thursday, April 30th – Annual Take Back the Night
When: Thursday, April 30th, 2015 starting at 6:00PM. The March starts at 7:00 pm, Speak Out at 8:30 pm, goes until late. SafeRide runs from 7 – 11 pm.
Where: EMU Amphitheatre at 13th and University St. followed by a march from the UO campus to the downtown Atrium bldg. 99 w. 10th ave, followed by the SpeakOut.
Who: The ASUO Women’s Center in collaboration with Sexual Assault Support Services.
What: Take Back The Night provides a unique opportunity to address misconceptions about sexual violence, for survivor’s voices to be heard, and for community members to stand by them and announce that each individual has the right to live free from sexual violence. This year’s overarching theme is “Intersectionality,” in recognition of the fact that sexual violence is a complex issue that intersects with others and affects all identities in both similar as well as different ways that are important to acknowledge.Special guest speaker, Jackie Sandmeyer will speak to this and more at the rally. Jackie is a self-identified queer person of color and a training specialist in the Oregon Attorney General Sexual Assault Task Force.
The rally will also feature other speakers and performers, such the Sexual Wellness Advocacy Team. Supporting the march will be members of the drumline from the UO Marching Band, Rhythm O. Open sign up for survivors whom wish to speak will be available at the SpeakOut. Free to the public/ Wheelchair accessible / Translation in Spanish and ASL provided during the rally and SpeakOut / Rides to SpeakOut through SafeRide 7 pm and back to campus or homes from SpeakOut until 11 pm. Limited free food available at SpeakOut.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month
It’s Time to Act: Safer Campuses. Brighter Futures. Prevent Sexual Violence.
This year’s National Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) campaign focuses on sexual assault on college campuses. Campus sexual assault has long been an issue, and now it is more visible than ever. As many as one in five women are sexually assaulted in college (Krebs, Lindquist, Warner, Fisher, & Martin, 2007. While in college, one in 16 men are victim of an attempted or completed assault (Krebs et al., 2007). The impact of sexual assault can be wide-ranging and can have long-term health impacts. Many people — from student activists to the White House administration — are taking action. It’s time for all of us to act.
Preventing sexual violence on campus takes more than one department, office, club, team, administrator, professor, staff member, or student. It takes all of us working together in big and small ways. “We are all members of this community and it’s up to each of us to do our part in creating a culture which supports survivors and promotes safety. Sexual violence can be prevented and it’s our responsibility to change society’s complacency on this very important issue,” says BB Beltran, Executive Director of Sexual Assault Support Services. Everyone benefits when campuses are safer. As this year’s slogan states, “It’s Time to Act: Safer Campuses. Brighter Futures. Prevent Sexual Violence.”
There are many ways to be get involved. Use social media to spread the word and post what you’re doing online. Learn more about this issue and educate others in your life. You can find help by calling Sexual Assault Support Services’ 24-hour crisis and support line at 541-343-7277 (SASS) or 1-800-788-4727.
Here are some ways to get involved during SAAM:
- April 4th – SASSy Pants: Awareness-raising, Fund-raising, Fun-raising, Friend-raising. A benefit for SASS. For more information visit our news & events page
- April 15th & 28th at the Wesley Center – Liberation Lunch, Part I & II: “Litigation and Social Change.” For more information visit UO Student Life
- April 20th – May 1st – The Clothesline Project, an exhibit of shirts decorated by survivors from Lane County displayed in Willamette Hall on the UO campus
- April 28th at the Wesley Center – Evening Meal and Conversation with staff from the Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force focusing on local and state resources for survivors and allies. For more info visit UO Student Life
- April 30th – Take Back the Night rally, march & speak out. Begins at the UO EMU Amphitheater at 6:30pm. For more info visit the TBTN page
- May 11th – Sexual Assault Support Services volunteer training begins. For more information, visit sass-lane.org or email email@example.com
Sexual Assault Support Services has served survivors in Lane County since 1991. SASS’ services include a 24-hour crisis and support line, drop-in advocacy and support, medical and legal accompaniment and advocacy, support groups, and outreach and education. For more information, visit sass-lane.org
We want to build relationships with those in Lane County and beyond who are working to support survivors and end sexual violence. If we can strengthen our community while dancing and wearing SASSy pants, SO MUCH THE BETTER!
Come enjoy some great music, drinks, a bit of food and fun!
Dance through the decades with Willie Adams, aka DJ Spooky from the SF Bay! A familiar and friendly face, Monica Guza, will MC the evening and will need YOUR help when it’s time for the SASSy Pants Contest!
Wear your SASSiest Pants and win a prize! Or come help choose the SASSiest Pants – we need you there!
Tickets at http://sassypants.brownpapertickets.com/
National campus activists, Annie E. Clark and Andrea Pino, will share information about what is happening on campuses across the nation and at the Federal level to address sexual violence.
Monday, June 23rd from 5:30-7:00pm at the Wesley Center, 1236 Kincaid St.
Parking is available in Lot 16 (14th Ave and Kincaid St.): Please do not park in reserved spaces.
Light food will be provided. Suggested donation of $20 per person. Proceeds benefit SASS.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org is appreciated.
The Wesley Center
The UO Women’s Center
The UO Coalition to End Sexual Violence
Andrea Pino and Annie E. Clark are civil rights activists, and co-founders of the survivor advocacy group, End Rape on Campus.
Building on the work of generations before them, and together with three other women, they filed two federal complaints against their university, The University of North Carolina, after encountering an environment on campus that deprived sexual assault survivors of their rights under Title IX. Since then, they have connected with hundreds of other survivors and worked with dozens of campuses across the country.
In 2013, they were listed alongside President Barack Obama as two of the most influential forces in higher education.