Sacramento State has been on the leading edge of sexual violence awareness and victim advocacy for years. In keeping with this commitment, the University offers a lineup of events and activities during Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) in April, including Take Back the Night, Denim Day, the art installation “This is What it Feels Like,” a production of The Vagina Monologues, and bystander intervention workshops.
The month’s theme is “I believe and support survivors.” For more information on activities and events, call Student Health & Counseling Services at (916) 278-5422.
Let’s Talk SEXy – 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 2, American River Courtyard. Peer health educators from Student Health and Counseling Services will be on hand to answer questions about sexuality and reproductive health.
Coffee and Consent – 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, April 3, Library Quad. The Office for Equal Opportunity serves up free coffee and hot chocolate – and valuable information about affirmative consent. In 2014, California became the first state to enact “yes means yes” legislation, which requires “an affirmative, conscious and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity.” For more information on Sac State’s “We Care, We Will Help” campaign: csus.edu/titleix.
Embracing Your Voice – 10:30 a.m. to 2:20 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, Library Quad.
The Vagina Monologues – 7 p.m. Thursday, April 5, University Union Ballroom. Sacramento State students star in this production of the Eve Ensler play, presented by University Union UNIQUE Programs, Active Minds, and Student Health and Counseling Services. Tickets are $5 for Sac State students, $7 for community college students, and $10 for members of the general public, and may be purchased through SacStateUNIQUE.com and at the ASI Student Shop in Sequoia Hall. The production benefits My Sister’s House.
Purple & Teal Baseball Game – 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 7, John Smith Field.
Purple & Teal Softball Game – 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, Shea Stadium.
Hornets Help: Bystander Intervention – 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, in the Cove at The WELL. Interactive presentation uses a bystander-intervention framework to empower Sac State students, faculty, and staff to create and maintain a safe, healthy, and thriving campus.
Hornets Help Workshop – 1:30 to 3 p.m. Friday, April 13, conference room at American River Courtyard.
Bystander Intervention: Hornets Help 2.0 – 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 19, in the Cove at The WELL.
“This is What it Feels Like” – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, April 23, and Tuesday, April 24, Global Lounge in the University Library breezeway. The mission of this art installation – created by Sacramento State alumna Terra Lopez – is “to provide participants with the auditory experience of being on the receiving end of catcalling, in order to promote understanding and stop the misogynistic patterns that have become embedded in our culture.” For details: thisiswhatitfeelslikeproject.com.
Denim Day – 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, Library Quad. Hornets are encouraged to wear denim, as a part of a national campaign that draws attention to misconceptions surrounding sexual assault. Denim Day was created after the Italian Supreme Court in 1998 overturned a rape conviction and ruled that the survivor implied consent when she helped the perpetrator remove her tight jeans. Women in the Italian Parliament wore jeans to work the following day to show solidarity with the survivor. The court later overturned its “denim defense.”
17th annual Take Back the Night – 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26, Library Quad. A march to the residence halls and back aims to raise awareness of sexual- and gender-based violence and encourage the campus community’s commitment to activism. – Dixie Reid