APRIL IS SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH
Rape Victim Advocates (RVA) is spreading the word about Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). Help us accomplish this by joining our Thunderclap! What’s Thunderclap? It’s a tool for creating a collective impact for a great cause, utilizing social media. Click the link below which will direct you to Thunderclap’s website, then, using your Facebook or Twitter account, join our thunderclap, and a post/tweet with our special SAAM message will be automatically posted to your account on Monday, April 6th. This message will invite your Facebook friends or followers to wear teal, take a selfie, and upload it to Facebook or Twitter in honor of SAAM’s Day of Action (April 7th). Don’t forget to use the hashtag, #SAAMChi!
Saam the Consent Corgi wants you to join in!
All of the RVA events listed below are free and open to the public. We hope you can join us for one or all of these SAAM events.
• Tuesday, April 7
National Sexual Assault Awareness Month “Day of Action”
Post a picture of yourself wearing teal on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #SAAMChi to take a stand against sexual violence! Pictures will be shared on RVA's Facebook and Twitter pages.
• Tuesday, April 7, 6:30-8:30 pm
Men in the Movement
RVA: 180 N. Michigan, Ste 600
VA’s counseling team is collaborating with Men in the Movement to facilitate a conversation with male-identified individuals who want to support their intimate partner or friend who is a survivor of sexual violence. Please contact Steve at email@example.com with any questions. RVA downtown location.
• Thursday, April 9, 12-4 pm
Standing Silent Witness T-Shirt Making
RVA: RVA Northside Office, 1945 W. Wilson, Ste 6114
Create t-shirts with anti-rape and anti-violence messages for Standing Silent Witness. Share your personal story using art. All t-shirts and art supplies will be provided. Please contact Beth at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. RVA Northside location.
• Saturday, April 11, 10-1 pm
Recognizing Signs of Abuse
District 15 Police Station: 5701 W. Madison
Stop by District 15 to receive free kids ID cards and learn ways to identify potential signs of abuse. Refreshments provided. Please contact Clariza at email@example.com for more information.
• Thursday, April 16, 7:00 – 10:00 pm
Breaking the Silence
La Catrina Café: 1011 W. 18th St
Breaking the Silence is an event featuring local Chicago artists performing in protest of sexual violence. Participate in the open mic or join us by simply being present for a beautiful night of poetry and empowerment. La Catrina Café is located in Pilsen. Please contact Iliana at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
• Friday, April 17, 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Standing Silent Witness-T-Shirt Making
RVA: RVA Central Office, 180 N. Michigan, Ste 600
Create t-shirts with anti-rape and anti-violence messages for Standing Silent Witness. Share your personal story using art. All t-shirts and art supplies will be provided. Please contact Megan at email@example.com if you have any questions. RVA downtown location.
• Saturday, April 18, 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Standing Silent Witness-T-Shirt Making
RVA: RVA Austin Office, 4909 W. Division, Ste 511
Create t-shirts with anti-rape and anti-violence messages for Standing Silent Witness. Share your personal story using art. All t-shirts and art supplies will be provided. Please contact Clariza at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. RVA Austin location.
• Wednesday, April 22, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Consent Under the Influence
University Center: 525 S. State, 2nd floor
In partnership with the 1st District of Chicago Police Department and local universities, join RVA for a discussion on the ethics and legalities of consent to sexual activity under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Please contact Sarah at email@example.com if you have any questions.
• Friday, April 24, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
STANDING SILENT WITNESS
Federal Plaza, Dearborn and Adams (NEW LOCATION for 2015)
Standing Silent Witness is RVA’s signature event for SAAM! In a visual demonstration of the silencing of survivors of sexual violence, participants gather silently for one hour wearing t-shirts that bear stories and messages protesting rape. Join us at RVA’s Central Office at 11 AM to prepare for the event and/or after the event for a celebratory lunch. For more information, contact Megan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Thursday, April 30, 6:30-10:30 pm
Volunteer Guest Bartending
Matilda: 3101 N. Sheffield
RVA's volunteer committee will be bar-tending at Matilda on 3101 N. Sheffield and raising awareness on sexual violence. Signature teal drinks will be served to represent Rape Victim Advocates and $1 of each signature purchase will go to RVA. Specials: $4 Revolution drafts and $6 appetizers (10% returned to RVA). 20% of all other purchases will go to RVA. Bring your friends, family, etc. Come out and drink for a good cause! Contact Maria at email@example.com for more information.