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Emory observes Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and Emory organizations have scheduled a full slate of events to educate and empower the campus community.

The Respect Program has compiled a centralized calendar of events, ranging from discussions and films to the RespectCon 2015 conference on April 10 and Denim Day on April 22.

Respect Program leaders also emphasize the importance of self-care when confronting sexual assault issues.

"While we hope to see you at many of these amazing events, this is emotional work," the program notes on its website. "Self-care is important if we are to sustain this movement to end violence."

Sexual Assault Awareness Month events

April 6-10

TEALSTRONG Table: Monday thru Friday 10 a.m. -1 p.m.,Coke Commons (except Wednesday), Dobbs University Center

Students will be provided a space each day of the week to make bracelets that promote Sexual Assault Awareness on Emory's campus. On April 8, the TEALSTRONG Table will move to Wonderful Wednesday in Asbury Circle from 12:30-2:30 p.m.

April 6

The Talk: 7-8:30 p.m.,Cox Ballroom, Cox Hall

"The Talk" is a conversation about intimacy and "things like sexy-time and relationships and whatnot," according to organizers. #HaveyouhadTheTalk?

April 7

Terrific Tuesday: 12:30-2 p.m.,Asbury Circle

A celebration and activities fair focused on all the work being done on campus by groups like SAPA, ASAP, APO and others. Come see how you can join the movement to end sexual violence at Emory and continue to help beyond April and #SAAM.

NPHW presents A Public Health Approach to Campus Sexual Assault Prevention:12-1:30 p.m., Auditorium, Claudia Nance Rollins (CNR) Building

In honor of NPHW, APHA, CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, and GA Public Health Association-Emory Chapter are hosting a panel presentation discussing the importance of campus sexual assault prevention. Panelists include Dawnovise N. Fowler of the CDC, NCIPC, Division of Violence Prevention; Laura Salazar of Georgia State University; and Pamela Scully of Emory University.

Title IX? Ask Me Anything (AMA) w/ Dr. Carolyn Livingston: 7:30-9 p.m.,Winship Ballroom, Dobbs University Center (DUC)

Confused about part of Emory’s Sexual Misconduct Policy? Title IX Coordinator for Students Carolyn Livingston answers questions submitted anonymously beforehand via this link or asked in person during the event.

April 8

It’s On Us Emory: 4:30-6 p.m., Emory University Quad

The "It's On Us" pledge is a personal commitment to keep women and men safe from sexual assault. It is a promise not to be a bystander to the problem but a part of the solution. "It’s On Us" is a national campaign.

#SAAM Documentary Series presents "The Invisible War": 7:30-9:30 p.m., Harland Cinema, Dobbs University Center (DUC)

"The Invisible War" exposes the epidemic of sexual assault in the United States military. During a time when rape by a fellow soldier is more likely than death by enemy fire for female soldiers in combat zones, "The Invisible War" explores the experiences behind extensive cover-ups and low prosecution rates by focusing on the stories of survivors.

April 9

Advocacy Against Sex Trafficking & Sexual Assault: 7-9 p.m., Few Multipurpose Room

Susan Norris, an author and international speaker, will lead a discussion and speak to Emory students about advocacy against sex trafficking and sexual assault.

Pre-Conference Summit for RespectCon 2015: 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Room E338, Dobbs University Center (DUC)

The Pre-Con Summit is an opportunity for professional staff (advocates, directors and prevention educators) working to end violence on college campuses to come together and discuss emerging and ongoing issues that they face.

April 10

RespectCon 2015: Understanding Sexual Violence Through A Social Justice Lens: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., various locations within Dobbs University Center (DUC)

A one-day conference with breakfast/lunch provided. Registration is FREE for Emory students (undergraduate and graduate). Space is limited, register soon; it will sell out before Friday.

April 15

#SAAM Documentary Series presents "The Hunting Ground":7-9:30 p.m., Auditorium, Claudia Nance Rollins (CNR) Building

A documentary which debuted earlier this year at Sundance Film Festival, the film looks at the dark reality of how some colleges and universities respond (or don’t) to students’ reports of sexual violence and assault. Following the screening there will be an open discussion led by student leaders from SAPA, ASAP, GAV and FIA.

April 16

Tin Lizzy’s Proceeds Night (to benefit Day League): 3-10 p.m., Tin Lizzy’s Cantina at Emory Pointe

Eat at Tin Lizzy’s to support our local DeKalb sexual assault survivor advocacy and resource center, Day League.

April 21

Men’s Story Project (MSP): 6:30-8 p.m., CNR Auditorium, Rollins School of Public Health

"Real men don’t cry. Man-up! You act like a girl." This event is dedicated to rejecting this version of masculinity. For the first time at Emory, six men from across the Emory community share their stories, explore prejudice and reveal what it means to "be a man." Free admission, hors d’oeuvres.

April 22

#EmoryDenimDay:All day long

• Table at Wonderful Wednesday, 12:30-2:30 p.m.

• Table in GCR Cafeteria (Rollins School) 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

• On Facebook: "Emory University Respect Program"

• On Twitter: @RespectWell

• On Instagram: @Respect_Program

Denim Day is an international day of awareness and also a fundraiser. How to participate:

  • Step 1: Wear jeans/denim on April 22.
  • Step 2: Take a picture of yourself/friends
  • Step 3: Share the pic with the Respect Program using #EmoryDenimDay
  • Step 4: SGA will donate $1 to the Respect Program for every photo they receive of a student, staff, or faculty member wearing denim.

#SAAM Documentary Series presents "It Happened Here": 7:30-10 p.m., Harland Cinema, Dobbs University Center (DUC)

This documentary follows five women from different universities across America who have been sexually assaulted. Each woman was affected differently and decided to take action against pervasive mindsets contributing to rape on college campuses as well as their individual attackers. After the screening a faculty/staff panel will lead a discussion and answer questions about Emory’s programs and policies for sexual violence prevention, response and survivor support.

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