Rape and Sexual Assault Awareness Week

Does rape happen at Haverford? Is it “not really a problem here”? Have you ever stopped to think about it?

This coming week, April 5-13, is the week to consider these questions! Presenting…

Rape and Sexual Assault Awareness Week 2009

Sponsored by the Women’s Center

With the following events:

Clothesline Project, Haverford Edition – All week starting Sunday, Founders Green

This project was started by women in Massachusetts as a way to “air the dirty laundry” of sexual assault and give survivors a productive, artistic outlet for their anger. Now in its 18th year, the project serves as a visual reminder of the pain caused by rape and the strength of those who survive it. Stop by Founders Green all week to see Haverford’s own Clothesline Project, with shirts decorated by members of our community.

Take Back the Night and SPEAKOUT – Wednesday, April 8, 8:30 p.m., Campus Center→Founders’ Common Room

This year, we are combining the annual Take Back the Night march and SPEAKOUT event into one powerful evening! At 8:30, meet between the Campus Center and the GIAC and take part in the march up to Founders’ Hall. We’ll be loud, sing, read poetry, dance—it’s about reclaiming the night as a time free of rape and sexual violence. Join us!

Then at 9:00 in Founders’ Common Room, we’ll have the once-a-semester SPEAKOUT against rape and sexual assault. Come to speak and share your story as a survivor, friend, or ally—or just come as a supportive listener. Your presence is a statement, as well as your voice!

Solidarity Board and Ribbons – Friday through Sunday, Dining Center Lobby

To culminate our week of awareness and support, the Women’s Center will be placing a large display board in the DC lobby. It will have pens by it, as well as purple ribbons—sign your name on the board as a commitment to your support towards stopping sexual assault and rape at Haverford and in the wider world. Then take a ribbon as a reminder to yourself and sign to others of this pledge. Together we can stop rape, one person at a time!


We hope everyone in the community will find a way to participate in some way during the week, even if it’s small. Every sign of support makes a difference!

Love,

The Women’s Center staff (Jessie, Steph, Karina, Annie, Cara, Misha, Lauren)


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