Texas Tech University

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.


April 1 - May 8
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

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Faculty Against Rape

April 16 | National Day of Action | | Texas Tech University
This is a day for faculty to demonstrate their support for campus sexual assault survivors. Faculty are encouraged to plan lectures, teach-ins, informational sessions, candlelight vigils, film screenings, letters to the student newspaper, demonstrations, and other actions to show their support, and to raise awareness of the campus rape epidemic. Visit http:// www.facultyagainstrape.net/

Do you have an event you want to host? Do you need help organizing? Let us know so we can help promote it to our members.

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Reproductive Justice

April 17 | Loretta Ross - Keynote Speaker, AWHE 2015 Conference

Student Union Bldg. Matador Room, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. (FREE to register)

Loretta Ross is an expert on women's issues, racism, and human rights. Her work emphasizes the intersectionality of social justice issues and how this transforms social change.

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Taking Down Rape Culture

April 17 | Laci Green - Guest Speaker, AWHE 2015 Conference
Student Union Bldg. Matador Room, 6:00 p.m. (FREE to register)

Laci Green is a 25-year-old sexuality geek based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the creator and host of the largest sex education show on the internet called Sex Plus! Sex+ consists of a biweekly video series, daily blogging, university lectures, and community activism. Read more on "Taking Down Rape Culture"

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The Hunting Ground

April 21|The Hunting Ground | ENGL/PHIL RM 001 | 6:00 p.m.
Film Screening
An expose of rape crimes on U.S. college campuses, their institutional cover-ups, and the devastating toll they take on students and their families. Sponsored by the Dean of Students and the Texas Tech LawSchool

April 23 | The Hunting Ground | Law School Auditorium | 12:00 p.m.
Film Screening
An expose of rape crimes on U.S. college campuses, their institutional cover-ups, and the devastating toll they take on students and their families. Sponsored by the Dean of Students and the Texas Tech LawSchool

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Sexism in Cinema

April 23 | Film Screening,Girl Fight (2000) | 7:00 p.m.
Alamo Drafthouse Theater (FREE for students with TTU ID)
Girlfight is a 2000 American sports drama film written and directed by Karyn Kusama and starring Michelle Rodriguez in both of their film debuts. It follows Diana Guzman, a troubled teenager from Brooklyn who decides to channel her aggression by training to become a boxer, despite the disapproval of both her father and her prospective trainers and competitors in the male-dominated sport.

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Special Guest Speaker

Following this film will be a discussion lead by Dr. Mary Beltrán, Associate Professor of Radio-Television-Film, University of Texas.  Dr. Beltrán specializes in critical and cultural studies-driven scholarship at the intersections of television and film studies, critical race studies, and gender studies. Dr. Beltrán has published and presented on a wide variety of topics, including the evolution of Latina/o film and television production and stardom since the 1920s, the implications of the rising visibility of mixed-race actors and characters, strategies on the part of television networks to appeal to more diverse audiences, the new “semi-Latina” stars of contemporary tween television, and the rise of Latina/o web television.

The Vagina Monologues

Hosted by Tech Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance Sneak Preview | April 18 | Matador Room | Student Union Bldg. | 6:00 p.m. Performances | April 24 & 25 | HS 169 | Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

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The Talk Show

April 28 | "The Talk Show" | SUB Matador Room | 5:30 p.m.
Also available for classroom visits
"Sexual Assault Talk Show" & Panel Discussion - Presented and sponsored by the TTU Student Counseling Center

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! 

Contact: Student Counseling Center 806-742-3674 http://counseling.ttu.edu


Annual Denim Day

April 29 | Annual Denim Day | "Denim Day in Action: Empowering Bystanders" | Texas Tech University Campus Wide Event

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 support them in their healing!
+ Commit to become more educated about sexual assault!

+ Break the silence surrounding sexual violence!

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Sexism in Cinema

April 29 | Film Screening | Blue is the Warmest Color| 7:00 p.m.

Alamo Drafthouse Theater (FREE for students with TTU ID)
Adele's life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire, to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adele grows, seeks herself, loses herself and ultimately finds herself through love and loss.

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Take Back the Night Rally & March

Date TBA| Take Back the Night Rally & March| Texas Tech Campus
Sponsored and Organized by Tech Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance (TTU Student Organization) Contact: Tech FMLA

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. Read more...

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April 29 & May 1 | GENDER FAIR | 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

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...

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Voice of Hope Hotline:
(806) 763-RAPE (7273)

Sexual Assault Pamphlet

TTU Campus:
Dean of Students
Student Counseling Center
Women's Resource Center (Online)

Women's Protective Services
Lubbock Rape Crisis Center

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

Educational Resources for Men by Men:
Jackson Katz
Steve Thompson
Byron Hurt
Steve McAllister

LGBTQ Resources:
The Northwest Network
Community United Against Violence


Crossing the Line: Sexual Harassment at School

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

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