Welcome to Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2015!
Please see below for the complete listing of updated events. And please help us continually improve our SAAM programming by completing the quick survey below. For questions about any event, please email Kari Anne email@example.com or call 503-725-5672. ADA Access Information for SAAM Events
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SAAM Kickoff Event
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 from 10:00-3:30pm between Neuburger and Smith
Join us as we kickoff Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). There will be events throughout April educating the PSU community about this important issue. We will be selling baked goods between Neuburger and Smith to support Take Back the Night. This event is sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center.
WGSS 9th Annual Student Research Colloquium “Community: Making Sense of Self and Others within Feminist and Queer Communities"
Friday, April 3, 2015 from 9:00-4:00pm in SMSU 238
Serving as a forum for students to participate in an intimate conference setting, this event highlights the feminist, queer, and gender-inspired work you and your peers are doing across many fields, disciplines, and conversations. Cosponsored by the Educational Activities Speakers Board, the Department of Child and Family Studies, the Queer Resource Center, and the Department of Sociology. Register for Colloquium For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to Have Sex . . . and Pizza
Monday, April 6, 2015 from 12:00-1:30pm in SMSU 333
In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness month we will be discussing how to prevent sexual violence on campus. The principle topic will revolve around what is and what is not considered consensual sex. This event is free and open to each and every student, staff, and faculty member at PSU. Meantime, before walking away from this event, we encourage you to swing by as free lunch will be provided. Because who can say no to free pizza... This event is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Student Life office. For more information please contact Rosibel at 503-725-4479.
Sexual Violence and Native Women
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 from 4:00-5:00pm in the Women’s Resource Center
This talk will explore relationships between settler colonialism, racism, and sexual violence directed toward Native American women, both historically and in the present day in the United States and Canada. Presentation will be followed by a q&a as well as offering strategies of support and resistance to sexual violence in Native communities. This event is sponsored by the WRC Women of Color Action Team. For more information contact Sheena at email@example.com.
Take Back the Night Sign Making Party!
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 from 1:00-5:00pm in the Women's Resource Center
Stop by the Women's Resource Center to make a sign for the march during Take Back the Night. Better yet make two! We will have supplies out all afternoon for folks to drop in and make signs. For more information please email Kari Anne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Matthew Shepard is a Friend of Mine Film Screening and Discussion
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 from 7:00pm-10:00pm in the SMSU 328 *NEW TIME AND LOCATION*
“Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine” gives viewers an intimate look into the short life of Matt Shepard from the perspective of those he was closest to, and tackles a number of important topics ranging from LGBTQ equality to the effects of sexual assault. Matt’s story turned him into an icon for gay rights, and made crimes against sexuality and gender publicly condemned. His story is one that should never be forgotten, and this is why we want to screen the film on as many campuses as possible. Grace Piper, Haley Powers, and Kirsten Keith will be facilitating the discussion following the film. For more information please contact Kirsten at email@example.com. This event is sponsored by the Queer Resource Center.
Extreme Extraction and Violence Against Native Women Screening and Dialogue
Wednesday, April 8, 5:00-7:00pm in the Native American Student and Community Center
Join us for the RE-BROADCAST of a discussion between Winona LaDuke (founder of Honor the Earth, author, activist), Eve Ensler (author of Vagina Monologues, founder of One Billion Rising), Louise Erdrich (National Book Award winner, owner of Birch Bark Books), and Patina Clark.
On February 17th, these four incredible women discussed the connection between extreme fossil fuel extraction in the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota and the Tar Sands of Alberta, and the sex trafficking of Native women and girls. This has become an epidemic that is largely ignored by the mainstream media.
Join us for the screening of this broadcast followed by student-led discussion. Tea and cookies will be served.
For more information please contact Rachel Black at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Justice for My Sister” Film Screening and Q&A with Filmmaker Kimberly Bautista
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 from 5:30pm-9:00pm in SMSU 238
Join filmmaker Kimberly Bautista for a screening of her award-winning documentary, “Justice for My Sister,” in which one Guatemalan woman pits herself against her country’s notoriously machista justice system in search of answers to her sister’s brutal murder. The challenges Rebeca encounters in her search for justice are illustrative of the thousands of other cases like this one in Guatemala. This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP by reserving your free ticket through the PSU Box Office. Reserve Ticket for Justice for My Sister Event
For more information about this film and the Justice for My Sister Campaign, please visit http://www.justiceformysister.com.
This event is sponsored by Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, the Educational Activities Speakers Board and the President's Diversity Mini-Grant. For more information about this event please contact Kari at email@example.com.
International Anti-Street Harassment Week
Catcalls, sexist comments, flashing, groping, stalking, and assault in public spaces.... Gender-based street harassment impacts all women and many men, especially in the LGBQT community, worldwide. It makes us feel less safe, it restricts where we go. IT MUST END.
Join us April 12-18, 2015, as we rally, march, and hold workshops, tweet chats, wheatpasting and chalkwalks to bring attention to this problem & engage our communities in solutions. Read about the actions taken in 2014
Creating Healthy Interpersonal Relationships
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 from 12:00-1:00pm in the Women’s Resource Center
Most of us can spot the signs of unhealthy relationships, but what does it look like to have caring, supportive, and safe relationships? Join Lauren Mullins, the WRC's Interpersonal Violence Program Intern for this interactive discussion on creating affirming and loving connections. This event is sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center. For more information please contact Lauren at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trauma-Informed Self Care
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 from 2:00-3:30pm in the Women’s Resource Center
Develop a skills-based understanding of how trauma impacts the nervous system and your body. Learn simple tools for managing stress responses and developing deeper resiliency in your everyday life. This event is sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center. This event is facilitated by Erica Bestpitch. For more information please contact Erica at email@example.com.
Get Your Queer Consent On!
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 from 2:00-3:30pm in the Women’s Resource Center
Join Maria Bonacci from the Queer Resource Center and Adrienne Graf from the Women's Resource Center as they lead a fun, interactive, and informative workshop about dating, sex and consent. This workshop is open to students of all genders and sexualities! Contact Adrienne at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. This event is sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center and the Queer Resource Center.
Men as Feminist Allies
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 from 4:00-5:30pm in the Women’s Resource Center
This workshop will explore the history and complications of men as feminist allies. Furthermore, we will talk about ways to act and live as a male ally. For more information please contact Nick at email@example.com. This event is sponsored by the WRC Men in the Movement Action Team.
Healthier Relationships and Dating for Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum
Thursday, April 16, 2015 from 12:00-2:00pm in SMSU 327
Join us for a conversation about relationships skills and dating for people who identify as having Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. We will be talking about boundary setting, navigating conversations around issues such as consent and reproductive healthcare, dealing with conflict in positive ways, and other healthy communication with a partner or partners. We will also be talking about resources and ways to get support for relationships that may feel unhealthy at times. For more information please contact Shilpa at firstname.lastname@example.org. This event is sponsored by the Disability Resource Center, the Women's Resource Center, and the Portland Women's Crisis Line.
Sexual Assault Victims' Rights Across Campus, Civil, and Criminal Justice Systems
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 from 10:00-12:00pm in the Native American Student and Community Center
Sexual assault survivors are often in the position of navigating multiple systems in response to an assault. For example, a crime victim may simultaneously be a student, a victim/witness in a criminal complaint based on the same incident, and a petitioner seeking civil protective orders against the respondent.
This seminar will address strategies for service providers to effectively support implementing a survivor-centered response to sexual assault crime victims’ rights across campus, civil, and criminal justice systems.
Attorney General Rosenblum will open the event, followed by a panel of local experts including:
- Rod Underhill, Multnomah County District Attorney
- Meg Garvin, Executive Director of the National Crime Victim Law Institute
- Phil Zerzan, Chief of PSU Campus Public Safety
- Stacy Hankin, Attorney at Victim Rights Law Center
- Julie Caron, PSU Title IX Coordinator
- Letitia Wilson, Executive Director of Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence
Who should attend: prosecutors, criminal justice based advocates; community advocates; law, pre-law, criminology, public health, social work, public administration students, and anyone interested in learning more about crime victims' rights will benefit from this seminar.
CLE Credit available. ASL Interpretation provided. Please register at http://bit.ly/register-victimsrights
For more information please contact Kari Anne at email@example.com. This event is sponsored by the Oregon Department of Justice, PSU Student Legal Services, and the PSU Women’s Resource Center.
Grounding Through Zines - You Don’t Have to Do it all Yourself
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 from 4:15-6:00pm in the Women’s Resource Center
This workshop will be giving a short presentation on grounding techniques during periods of anxiety, extreme stress and disorientation. There will be mini-zine templates available to create personalized grounding workbooks to reference in the future. All are welcome to attend. For more information please contact Sheena at firstname.lastname@example.org. This event is sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center.
Sex Work: The Intersections of Safety and Stigma
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 from 4:00-5:30pm in the The Academic and Student Recreation Center (ASRC) 620/630
This panel features community members who are current and former participants in various facets of the sex trades discussing perceptions of safety and their experiences of stigmatization. The conversation will explore the current social services environment which focuses on rescue narratives and conflates labor in the sex trades with trafficking. This event will be moderated by Stephanie Wahab, PhD with the Graduate School of Social Work. For more information on this event please contact Adrienne at email@example.com. This event is sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center and the Graduate School of Social Work.
Sister Outsider Presents: How We See Things - Uncovering Stereotypes and Bias
Thursday, April 23, 2015 from 12:00-2:00pm in the Women’s Resource Center
Privilege and oppression insist on the degradation of certain identities and ways of being. This degradation is a process of “othering;” it asserts that if you do not fit neatly within social constructs then you do not belong or are less than. We will focus on how perception, stereotypes and bias work to inform our view of ourselves and the world around us. We will deconstruct our relationship to identity, explore media bias, and uncover explicit and implicit forms of oppression. This workshop expands the conversation of what it means to be regarded as an other, discusses visibility, and invites us to reclaim and celebrate our identities. For more information on Sister Outsider, see their website http://www.sisteroutsiderpoetry.com/ For more information please contact Virginia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This event is sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center, Queer Resource Center, PCC WRC, Educational Activities Speaker’s Board, and the Student Alliance for Sexual Safety.
Take Back the Night
Thursday, April 23, 2015 from 5:30-8:00pm in the Native American Student and Community Center
In celebration of Sexual Assault Awareness Month the PSU Women’s Resource Center will be hosting it's annual Take Back the Night event. The event focuses on raising awareness about sexual violence and educating communities and individuals about how to prevent sexual violence. We will have dynamic slam poetry duo Sister Outsider and our speaker is Jackie Sandmeyer from the Oregon Sexual Assault Task Force. This event is sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center, Queer Resource Center, PCC WRC, Educational Activities Speaker’s Board, and the Student Alliance for Sexual Safety. For more information go to the Take Back the Night website.
Survivor Speak Out
Thursday, April 23, 2015 from 8:15-9:15pm in the SMSU 238
The survivor speak out is dedicated to survivors sharing their stories and building community. For more information please contact Virginia at email@example.com. This event is sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center and the Student Alliance for Sexual Safety.
Giving Forth: Visions of Ending Sexual Violence
Thursday, April 23, 2014 from 8:15-9:15pm in the Women’s Resource Center
This space invites folks to explore what both being an ally as well as what “primary prevention” can look like in both our personal and political lives. For more information please contact Nick at firstname.lastname@example.org. This event is sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center and the Student Alliance for Sexual Safety.
Self Care after Take Back the Night
Friday, April 24, 2015 from 1:00-2:00pm in the Women’s Resource Center
Join the Love Your Body Action Team as they make face masks and decompress after Take Back the Night. For more information please contact Kari Anne at email@example.com. This event is sponsored by the WRC Love Your Body Action Team.
Friday, April 24, 2015 from 12:30-2:00pm in SMSU 338
Professionals from Westside Academy of Kung Fu will teach students how to defend themselves in situations where children or other variables are present. This event is hosted by the Resource Center for Students with Children. For more information please contact Lisa Wittorff at 503-725-9878.
All Bystanders Count Workshop
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 from 1:00-2:30pm in the Women’s Resource Center
This interactive workshop utilizes a bystander intervention approach combined with a research component to address issues of sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, and other forms of oppression such as sexism, racism, homophobia and ableism. The workshop will be facilitated by Stephanie McClure. Stephanie holds an M.A. in Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, and specializes in sexual and intimate partner violence prevention education. She has been working in the anti-violence movement as an activist, advocate, educator and researcher since 2008, and has trained and worked with over 400 college students on issues of violence, resistance, and prevention. For more information on this event please contact Virginia at firstname.lastname@example.org. This event is sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 from 12:00-7:00pm in the lobby of the Ondine Housing Building
Denim Day is an event that is focused on raising awareness about victim blaming. This event initially started due to a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court, that overturned a rape conviction due to the fact that the victim was wearing tight jeans. The supreme court felt that the victim must have helped in the removal of their jeans, which implied consent. In the Broadway and Ondine lobbies tables will be set up, with information about Denim Day, the opportunities to make buttons or to write a message on a pair of jeans, and other education materials. This event is sponsored by University Housing and Residence Life.