Sexual Assault Awareness Week

Domestic and sexual violence impact thousands of us every year.

In addition to the physical and psychological trauma imposed on victims and the children who witness violence in their homes, domestic and sexual violence impact all aspects of our communities, from our families, to our workplaces and to our campus community here at UVa-Wise. Because of the profound effect sexual violence has on our society as a whole, the Office of Compliance & Conduct is hosting a variety of events this week in support of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. UVa-Wise continues to be committed to promoting a respectful and safe campus community.

Also, please remember that UVa-Wise students participated in creating our very own “It’s On US” public service video.  “It’s On Us” asks everyone — men and women across America — to make a personal commitment to step off the sidelines and be part of the solution to end campus sexual assault.  View the “UVa-Wise It’s On Us Video” and share this important message with others. And, take the It’s On US pledge today.

Join us for this week’s events listed below and look for informational posters and flyers displayed on campus. Please take a moment and view the Silent Witness Virginia: A Visual Memorial displayed in several differ locations throughout campus this week.

Monday, April 4

  • Awareness Poster and Ribbon Projects – Jefferson Lounge, Slemp Student Center fourth floor 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Sign a teal ribbon as a personal pledge not to commit, condone or remain silent about sexual assault. Create an Awareness poster for Thursday’s Take Back the Night march.
  • SILENT WITNESS VIRGINIA: A VISUAL MEMORIAL – Jefferson Lounge, Slemp Student Center fourth floor 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    • View this statewide visual memorial to victims of domestic violence. Each life-size red silhouette shares the story of a Virginian killed in a domestic violence homicide. Learn more at www.vsdvalliance.org.

Tuesday, April 5

  • SILENT WITNESS VIRGINIA: A VISUAL MEMORIAL – Wyllie Library 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
    • View this statewide visual memorial to victims of domestic violence. Each life-size red silhouette shares the story of a Virginian killed in a domestic violence homicide. Learn more at www.vsdvalliance.org.
  • THE HUNTING GROUND: Documentary and discussion – Dogwood Room 6 p.m.
    • View this award-winning documentary film about campus sexual assault at U.S. colleges and universities, followed by group discussion on this important issue.

Wednesday, April 6

  • SILENT WITNESS VIRGINIA: A VISUAL MEMORIAL – Sandridge Science Center 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    • View this statewide visual memorial to victims of domestic violence. Each life-size red silhouette shares the story of a Virginian killed in a domestic violence homicide. Learn more at www.vsdvalliance.org.
  • SELF DEFENSE TECHNIQUES – Ely Fitness Room noon to 1 p.m.
    • Come learn the basics of self-defense including techniques and decision-making education

Thursday, April 7

  • SILENT WITNESS VIRGINIA: A VISUAL MEMORIAL – Smith Dining Commons 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    • View this statewide visual memorial to victims of domestic violence. Each life-size red silhouette shares the story of a Virginian killed in a domestic violence homicide. Learn more at www.vsdvalliance.org.
  • BROWN BAG LUNCH AND LEARN – Cantrell Banquet Hall noon – 1 p.m.
    • Bring your lunch and join the discussion on sexual violence education and awareness. Featured guest Anne Coughlin, University of Virginia Lewis F. Powell Jr. Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Program in Law and Public Service.
  • TAKE BACK THE NIGHT – Cantrell Banquet Hall 7 p.m.
    • Participate in this sexual violence education and awareness event featuring a keynote address, educational displays, march and a candlelight vigil. Our guest speaker is Anne Coughlin, University of Virginia Lewis F. Powell Jr. Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Program in Law and Public Service.

Friday, April 8

  • EVE ENSLER’S “THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES’ – Black Box Theater 1 p.m.
    • View performances of the award-winning episodic play written by Eve Ensler. Monologues performed by various members of the UVa-Wise community. (A UVa-Wise cultural activity credit event)

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