Events on Campus
Take Back the Night
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
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 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
Dating Across Cultures
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.
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.
"Did We Have Sex?"
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
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
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
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
Safe Spring Break
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
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 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.