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Past Events on Campus

Take Back the Night

take back the night group shot

Take Back the Night is a time for us to come together as a community to speak out against sexual assault and domestic violence. Walkers collectively and visibly support victims of sexual violence in various forms.The fifth annual Take Back the Night will be April 10, 2013,  6:00 PM at the Campus Green Amphitheater.



January is National Stalking Awareness Month


The month of January is National Stalking Awarenss Month. Stalking is a dangerous crime that affects 6.6 million adults in the United States a year. 1 in 6 women and 1 in 19 men have been victims of stalking. The month of January allows for the spread of understanding and awarness about stalking as a crime through campus events, informational tables, PSAs, and flyers. Stalking is not cute or romantic. It is a crime. Stalking: Know it. Name it. Stop it. For more information about stalking please visit the Stalking Resource Center or our office webpage on stalking.




V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. The Vagina Monologues deals with aspects of the feminine experience, touching on matters such as sex, love, rape, menstruation, female genital mutilation, etc. and will feature international monologues from areas of the world like the Congo and Haiti. A recurring theme is the vagina as a tool of female empowerment, and the ultimate embodiment of individuality. This was the third annual production of the Vagina Monologues at Winthrop.



RAINN day sticker

This event takes place on the Rape, Incest, & Abuse National Network's (RAINN) annual campaign to raise awareness and educate students against sexual violence on college campuses. The Office of Victims Assistance's participation in this national event raises awareness of this issue in general while specifying the resources available to students on Winthrop University's campus.


Dating Across Cultures 

dating across cultures 2013

What do you consider dating? An interactive, open forum panel discussion on international social dating norms and how they compare to those in America. Discussion led by a panel of experts, facilitated the Office of Victims Assistance and the International Center.


April is Sexual Violence Awareness Month


The month of April has been designated Sexual Violence Awareness Month (SVAM) in the United States. The goal of SVAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate individuals on how to prevent sexual violence in the community. The SVAM campaign will offer individuals viable, responsible ways to intervene on sexual violence. The primary prevention approach helps to create a safe campus environment by bringing together resources and information to address destructive behaviors before sexual violence occurs. By working together, we can highlight sexual violence as a major issue in our community and reinforce the need for prevention efforts.


Clothesline Project
Clothesline Project

Since its beginning in 1999, the clothesline project has honored survivors and those who have lost their lives to acts of intimate partner violence and sexual assault. Students created t-shirts in honor of a loved one or to represent their own experience with these heinous crimes. All newly created shirts were displayed on a clothesline during "Take Back the Night" to help raise awareness about sexual violence.

clothesline project at student center

"Did We Have Sex?"

spitting game poster

Spitting Game - The College Hook Up Culture & Discussion. Topics discussed: sexual assault, date rape, and both drug's and alcohol's role in sexual. A performance by Skin Deep preceded a discussion led by Carrie Morphis, Winthrop University's Victim Services Coordinator, and Gina Goss, York County Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner.

Denim Day


Denim Day began as a protest of an Italian Supreme Court's decision to overturn a rape conviction because the victim was wearing jeans. The Court decided that it was impossible to remove jeans without the help of the person wearing them. The judgment sparked international protest from those who understand the dynamics of sexual violence: Domination, Humiliation, & Violence

Victim's Rights Awareness Ceremony

victim's rights awareness ceremony-doves
The Victim's Rights Awareness Ceremony, a part of the Sexual Violence Awareness Month, hosted by the Victim's Rights Coalition of York County, serves as a way to raise awareness about domestic violence as well honor those who were not able to make it out alive from their situation.  The service offers a guest speaker and musical guests, as well as the calling of the names of those killed in the previous year.  A release of Doves concludes the ceremony, pictured above.





Playing the Game: Sexuality and Communication

playing the game flyer

This presentation combines humor with important thought-provoking ideas to explore the world of alcohol and sexual risk-taking by student athletes. The presentation will include a dramatic DVD that will help students understand the difficulties of sexual assault and date rape. Dr. Robin Sawyer, our presenter, is currently an Associate Chairperson at the University of Maryland.




Kelly & Becca & Sexversations will help strengthen ability to have open conversations about intimacy, relationships, sex, sexual health, sexuality, sexual assault & everything in between. This program provides a safe and comfortable space to get an important conversation started to help students gain knowledge that will help them live a more safe, healthy, and sexually confident lifestyle. This program contributes to an empowered campus culture with zero tolerance for sexual violence.



Safe Spring Break

Safe Spring Break 2013

Club Chaos

Club Chaos 

 Club Chaos is an event that is part of Safe Spring Break to help students learn to deal with potentially dangerous situations in a safe setting.  A club-like setting is created with dance music and mocktails, where situations are acted out to emphasize the potential dangers that are associated with a night of drinking.  The scenarios included: alcohol poisoning, drugged drinks, domestic disturbance, drunkenness and drunk driving, and ecstasy use.  The club serves to teach students about a typical club environment, how to avoid certain predicaments and risky situations, and awareness and prevention of drug, alcohol, domestic and sexual abuse. Facilitated by Brianne Gemeinhardt, Wellness Coordinator.


The Tragedy of Human Trafficking

The Tragedy of Human Trafficking

During The Tragedy of Human Trafficking, guest speaker Bob Paulson will give a PowerPoint presentation and show a documentary titled "Sex & Money" in order to inform students about human trafficking, covering its nature and its scope as well as practical ways that anyone can make a difference in fighting against this crime.








Men Can Stop Rape

Men Can Stop Rape Group Shot 

Men Can Stop Rape is the male counterpart to WAR.  The 2011-2012 academic year was their first year of operation on Winthrop's campus.  They hold meetings every other week and have partnered with our office for the Race to Erase Sexual Violence 5K Walk/Run and the Sexual Violence Awareness Week in April.

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Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA
803/323-3332 (fax)