Sexual Assault Awareness Month Events
Across the Texas Tech University Campus multiple organizations, departments and centers conduct academic discussions raising public awareness about sexual violence and the need to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence. Each day, people witness a continuum of behaviors that range from being respectful and safe, to sexually abusive and violence. By working together we can highlight sexual violence as a major issue in our communities and reinforce the need for prevention efforts.
Note: All events are FREE and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
HANDS OF HOPE COLLECTION DRIVE
(Fall/Spring) April 1 - May 10
The Women's & Gender Studies (drop off in DOAK Hall RM 125). Collection of items help benefit those that reside at Women's Protective Services. * Gently used items such as coats, gloves, and hats are welcome.
- Blankets, Comforters, Sheets, Pillows
- Mattress Protectors, Covers, Towels
- Female Hygiene Products, Diapers, Baby Wipes
- Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, Kleenex
- Laundry Supplies
- Laundry Baskets
- Cleaning Supplies
- Office Supplies
- Safety Pins, Sewing Kits
- Basic Toiletry items (shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss, deodorant)
- Basic Kitchen items (towels, sponges, dish soap, pots/pans, cooking utensils, serving utensils)
April 4 | Girl Rising
International Cultural Center | 4th & Indiana Ave. | 6:00 p.m (doors open)
Girl Rising is a groundbreaking film, directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins, which
tells the stories of 9 extraordinary girls from 9 countries, written by 9 celebrated
writers and narrated by 9 renowned actresses. Girl Rising showcases the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the
This film is part of the film series, "Empowering Women & Girls to Lead", coordinated by students, faculty and staff of the Texas Tech campus. Multiple student lead organizations and departments across campus have supported these films including; FMLA (Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance), Black Student Association, Texas Tech Zetas', Women for Women International, Military and Veterans Program and the Women's & Gender Studies.
Watch the trailer here: http://10x10act.org/girl-rising/
29th Annual Conference on the Advancement of Women
April 4-5 | 29th Annual Conference on the Advancement of Women
TTU Student Union Building (Upper Level) | 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
"Women and Gloal Change: Achieving Peace Through Empowering Women, PART II"
- Morning Speaker, Yifat Susskind is the executive director of MADRE, an international women's human rights organization. | 9:00 a.m. (Matador Room)
- Keynote Speaker, Yanar Mohammed is the co-founder and President of the Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq (OWFI). | 1:00 p.m. (Matador Room)
Sexual Assault Talk Show" & Panel Discussion
April 8 | TTU Human Science Bldg. RM 169 | 6:30pm - 7:30pm
"Sexual Assault Talk Show" & Panel Discussion - Presented and sponsored by the TTU Student Counseling Center and SAPPEC.
Talk Show Format - This presentation will provide an innovative way to discuss intimate partner violence and solutions for ending the cycle of abuse. The goal is to facilitate audience discussion and understanding of rape myths. Each member remains in role and interacts with the audience as that person. Rape myths as well as rape-supportive attitudes held by both males and females are discussed and clarified. Extra credit slips available - ask your professor!
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes
April 13 | Lubbock County Court House | 9:30 a.m.
"Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: Men's march to stop rape, sexual assault & violence" & "Dash for Cash"- Sponsored by Lubbock Rape Crisis Center
For more information and to participate contact LRCC by phone at (806) 763-3232 or by email at email@example.com
April 15 | WRITE OUT to SPEAK OUT
Soapsuds Room, Student Union Bldg. | 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Hosted by VDay Lubbock Coalition
In conjunction with TTU's Sexual Assault Awareness Month and the upcoming “Take Back the Night” event, the Student Counseling Center and V-Day Lubbock Coalition are co-hosting a writing workshop: WRITE OUT to SPEAK OUT.
To begin the workshop, participants will review various types of writing styles and forms aimed at expressing ideas, feelings, opinions, and personal stories. Participants will cover writing forms such as internal monologues, reclamations, and metaphorical pieces, as well as rants, raves and declarations. There are no limits to what kind of writing can and will be done in this workshop!
Further, participants will discuss expressive writing techniques to organize, record, and share personal reflections. There will be writing prompts to help participants get started on their “write-out” as well as a group discussion. Participants will write in a safe, supportive circle that allows them to express themselves fully. Sharing ideas and stories and listening to others with empathetic, focused attention will serve to validate participants' experiences. Writing in this way will afford fresh perspectives and allow participants to recognize and celebrate strengths and abilities to meet new challenges.
Following the workshop participants are invited to individually write in preparation for the "Take Back the Night" Rally. Writing can be about any topic; for example, participants could write about rape culture, media coverage of sexual assault, personal experiences, etc. Participants are then invited to attend the "Take Back the Night" Rally on April 20th at 7:00pm where they have the option of sharing their write-out with the crowd!
April 16 | Invisible War | Escondido Theatre | 6:00 p.m.
The Invisible War is a 2012 documentary film written and directed by Kirby Dick and produced by Amy Ziering and Tanner King Barklow about sexual assault in the United States military. This film is part of the film series, "Empowering Women & Girls to Lead", coordinated by students, faculty and staff of the Texas Tech campus. Multiple student lead organizations and departments across campus have supported these films including; FMLA (Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance), Black Student Association, Texas Tech Zeta's, Women for Women International, Military and Veterans Program and the Women's & Gender Studies.
The Invisible War exposes the epidemic of sexual assault in the military – one of the most under-reported stories of our generation, a story the filmmakers are proud to be breaking to the nation and the world. They hope the film will help lead a national dialogue about the crime of rape perpetrated on the very people who have pledged to protect our country and are gratified to see the film is already making an impact. Since it premiered at Sundance, the film has been circulating through the highest levels of the Pentagon and the administration. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta watched The Invisible Waron April 14, 2012. Two days later, he directed military commanders to hand over all sexual assault investigations to a higher-ranking colonel. At the same time, Panetta announced that each branch of the armed forces would establish a Special Victims Unit. While these are promising first steps, much more needs to be done.
Beyond The Battlefield, Soldiers Fight An 'Invisible War' - NPR, February 11th, 2013
Take Back the Night Rally & March
April 20 | Take Back the Night Rally & March
7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Sponsored and Organized by V-Day Lubbock Coalition (TTU Student Organization)
Why Take Back the Night? - Take Back The Night's supporters have always understood the power of speaking out. Rape, sexual assault, sexual abuse and domestic violence are often labeled “crimes of silence” because of low reporting rates and social discomfort with their public discussion. Survivors of sexual assault, rape, domestic violence, and sexual abuse are invited to Shatter the Silence™ by posting your stories here at the Take Back The Night Headquarters. Join V-Day Lubbock Coalition in supporting and telling our stories to help our world work toward eliminating sexual violence. Facebook Event Page | Read more...
Annual Denim Day
April 24 | Annual Denim Day | Gender Fair Forum | "Denim Day in Action: Empowering Bystanders
TLPDC RM 123 | 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
In 1998, an Italian Supreme Court decision overturned a rape conviction because the victim wore jeans, reasoning she must have helped her attacker remove them. Enraged by the verdict, within a matter of hours the women in the Italian Parliament launched into immediate action and protested by wearing jeans to work. This call to action motivated and emboldened the California Senate and Assembly to do the same, which in turn spread to Patricia Giggans, Executive Director of Peace Over Violence, and Denim Day in LA was born. The first Denim Day in LA was in April 1999, and has continued every year since.Wearing jeans on this day has become an international symbol of protest against erroneous assumptions about rape.
Wearing jeans on this day has become an international symbol of protest against erroneous assumptions about rape. Wear Your Jeans in Support!
+ Send a message to survivors that you suport them in their healing!
+ Commit to become more educated about sexaul assault!
+ Break the silence surrounding sexual violence!
GENDER FAIR - April 24 & 26
The first Gender Fair was held in the Spring of 2012 in the Croslin Room at the TTU Library. Gender Fair is an educational, awareness-oriented resource fair exploring gender, equity, and communication. Read more...
Texas Tech University Library Croslin Room | 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Gender Fair Forum | April 24 | TLPDC RM 153 | 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Voice of Hope Hotline:
(806) 763-RAPE (7273)
American Association of University Women
National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) - English and Espanol
Rape, Abuse, & Incest, National Network - 1-800-656-HOPE
SAFER (Students Active for Ending Rape)
Take Back the Night
United States Department of Justice
Based on findings from a nationally representative survey conducted in May and June, 2011, this report presents the most comprehensive research to date on sexual harassment in grades 7-12 and reveals some sobering statistics about the prevalence of sexual harassment and the negative impact it has on students' education. - American Association of University Women
Support for these events provided by
- Sexual Assault Prevention Peer Educator Committee (TTU Student Organization)
- Student Counseling Center
- Student Health Services
- Clinical Council
- Feminist of Lubbock
- Femnist Majority Leadership Alliance (TTU Student Organization)
- Impact TECH
- Lubbock Rape Crisis Center
- V-Day Lubbock Coalition (TTU Student Organization)
- Women's Protective Services
- Women's Studies Program