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Sign up for any Sexual Assault Awareness Month event through our Sexual Assault Awareness Month RSVP Form to receive reminders and Zoom links directly in your inbox. Students who attend any event during Sexual Assault Awareness Month will be entered to win a prize!

Individuals who are in need of accommodations, such as live captioning, to attend one of our events can request via the Sexual Assault Awareness Month RSVP Form or by emailing Cate Heaney Gary at heaneygary.1@osu.edu. Generally, two weeks notice will allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.

 

Available All Month

Seen + Heard

Available all month

“Until #MeToo, people who were molested, raped assaulted, or harassed were rarely seen and less frequently heard.  News cycles change, and I wanted to keep the conversation visible and loud.  I emailed everyone I knew asking them to email everyone they knew seeking anyone willing to be photographed willing to be documented telling their experience with sexual assault, abuse, or rape.”

 

Visit Honey Lazar’s virtual photo exhibition to bear witness to these survivor’s stories – for their stories cannot be heard until we stop and listen.

Campus Sex Series

Parts 1 – 3 available all month; Part 4 on April 19, 6 – 7 p.m.

OSU STAR Trauma Recovery Center and Dr. Aaiza Malik have partnered together to provide a four -part series throughout Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Come on this four-part journey with us, so that you can be a fantastic advocate!

Foundational Sexual Health

Available all month

Did you know that sexual health education has been proven to prevent instances of sexual violence? Learn more about your sexual health, safer sex practices and local preventive care resources in this interactive program for students!

#30DaysofSAAM Instagram Challenge

Available all month

Join advocates, activists, survivors, and supporters who are getting involved in Sexual Assault Awareness Month this April on Instagram. Daily prompts encourage creative ways for you to raise awareness, educate, and connect with others — plus you have a chance to win prizes every day you participate.

Tag @nsvrc and @osuwellness and use #30DaysofSAAM

 

Monday, March 29

Stopping the Stigma: Discussion on Sexual Violence in the Asian Community

6 – 7:30 p.m.

 

Join Take Back the Night at Ohio State, APIDA Cohort, WeHope, and the Asian-American Community Services as we discuss how sexual violence (and the stigma associated with it) impacts the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) community and what resources there are in Columbus.

 

Those who attend this event will be entered to win a prize!

 

Monday, April 5

Your Rights and Options: Title IX and Sexual Misconduct at OSU

12 – 1 p.m.

 

Want to know more about your rights to be free from sexual misconduct at OSU? Join the Office of Institutional Equity to discuss community expectations, your rights, and options for addressing sexual misconduct. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and engage in dialogue. Students and employees welcome!

 

 

Those who attend this event will be entered to win a prize!

Your Rights and Options: Title IX and Sexual Misconduct at OSU

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

 

Want to know more about your rights to be free from sexual misconduct at OSU? Join the Office of Institutional Equity to discuss community expectations, your rights, and options for addressing sexual misconduct. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and engage in dialogue. Students and employees welcome!

Let’s Talk About Sex: An Interactive Want, Will, Won’t List

6 – 7 p.m.

 

What do love languages and a Want, Will, Won’t list have in common? They can help you communicate with a partner! Join the Wellness Ambassadors to learn about love languages, WWW lists, and healthy communication in relationships.

 

Those who attend this event will be entered to win a prize!

Sex Trafficking and Sexual Violence

7 – 8:30 p.m.

 

Join Women Student Initiatives, Take Back the Night, and Advocates for Women of the World as we discuss the economics of sex-trafficking, support for sex trafficking survivors, and the effects of anti-trafficking legislation and policy within BIPOC communities and people involved in sexual economies. Panelists include Paula Haines, CEO of Freedom a la Cart; Sara Leonard, Senior Outreach & Engagement Coordinator with STAR Trauma Recovery Center; and Stephanie Rollins, Prevention Education Coordinator with Gracehaven. 

 

Tuesday, April 6

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Patients: What Can Nurses Do?

5 – 6 p.m.

 

Join Nursing Students of Color and Take Back the Night as they discuss how nurses can better advocate for survivors of domestic violence. How should nurses communicate with these patients? How can nurses make these patients feel safer and more comfortable? What provides optimal experience(s) for the survivor? Are their suggested strategies and interventions fitting from the survivors’ point of view or are there better ways to care for this population of patients? Additionally, does race, religion, and/or culture play a role in how we care for these survivors? How might strategies for survivors of color be different? Join us as we welcome Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio (SARNCO) and a sexual assault nurse examiner to learn how to address some of these questions!

The LGBTQ+ Community and Sexual Violence

6 – 7 p.m.

 

Want to know more about the intersections of violence and the LGBTQ+ community? Join Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization (BRAVO) as we delve into some basic terminology surrounding the LGBTQ+ community, the types of sexual and intimate partner violence the LGBTQ+ community faces and the barriers to accessing services that are unique to the LGBTQ+ community. Additionally, we will highlight some resources that may be helpful to members of the LGBTQ+ community if they are facing violence.

 

Those who attend this event will be entered to win a prize!

Buckeyes Got Your Back

7 – 8 p.m.

 

Being an active bystander is one of the best ways to cultivate a culture of caring on campus. Join the Student Life Student Wellness Center to learn techniques for intervening in varying levels of potentially harmful situations and learn the importance of being an active bystander to prevent violence in any form. Participants will take the intervention styles quiz to help determine their most comfortable intervention style and gain confidence using all intervention styles.

 

Wednesday, April 7

Digital Discussions: We Can Build Safe Online Communities

12 – 1 p.m.

 

We live in an increasingly virtual world and much of our day-to-day interactions happen in online spaces. Sexual violence can happen anywhere – even our online workspaces, classrooms and social media platforms. Join the Student Wellness Center as we learn how to practice digital consent, intervene in harmful virtual situations and foster healthy relationships online.

Human Trafficking in Healthcare

5 – 6 p.m.

 

Come join a Q&A session hosted by Enlighten and lead by healthcare workers who work with victims of sexual assault and human trafficking in thier profession. These individuals have a unique perspective on the issue of sexual assault and how it relates to human trafficking, and they will speak about how these issues are addressed both medically and socially in healthcare. Red flags/signs they look for, proper procedures for reporting, confidentiality, trauma bonds, and more, will all be discussed. Come equipped with questions to ask the panel!

Panelists include Kelly Bonhoff, PhD/RN/LMFT/CTP, cofounder of Josephine's Clinic and Rosanne Hountz, DNP/RN/MSN/MSCJ/SANE, cofounder of Josephine's Clinic.

 

Those who attend this event will be entered to win a prize!

Money and Marriage: Maneuvering Financial Abuse

7 – 8:30 p.m.

 

Join Take Back the Night at Ohio State as we discuss what is financial abuse and how marriage/relationships can impact your finances. Our panelists will be helping us parse through the ins and outs of protecting your financial wellness, and how to maneuver potentially abusive relationships.

 

Those who attend this event will be entered to win a prize!

 

Thursday, April 8

Hiking for Self-Care

 

Join us on Instagram Live: @osuwellness

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Spending time in the outdoors has been linked to numerous emotional and physical benefits. Studies have shown hiking to be a great self-care tool: studies show a link between hiking and improved mental health.  Join the Student Wellness Center as we explore how to evaluate hiking destinations, safety considerations, and the items and clothing needed to successfully venture into the outdoors. We will also explore common hiking destinations in the Columbus area and help attendees choose which may be most appropriate for their experience level. 

 

Those who attend this event will be entered to win a prize!

Take Back the Night Survivor Celebration

7 – 8 p.m.

 

Join Take Back the Night at Ohio State to celebrate the anti-rape activists and survivors at The Ohio State University and beyond who have made great strides in protecting survivors’ rights and influencing policy! This is a space where individuals can speak their mind and further advocate for change. We will also be giving the mic to anyone who would like to speak on their truth, regarding either their activism or experience. Participants will be allowed to change their names on Zoom to ensure privacy.

 

Friday, April 9

Art Therapy for Self-Care

3 – 4 p.m.

 

Relieve stress and boost your mood with art! Art Therapy has been shown to help people process feelings, reduce stress and anxiety, increase self-esteem, and stimulate the release of dopamine. The vast mental health benefits of artistic expression promotes relaxation and encourages participants to let go of stress. This recovery and mindfulness focused art therapy session will inspire you to express yourself and relax; paying special attention to the gratitude we feel for our body, strength, and resiliency. Registration is required as art supplies are provided by the Student Wellness Center.

 

Monday, April 12

More Than a Body: Healing Body Image After Sexual Assault

3 – 4 p.m.

Studies have shown that survivors of sexual assault are more likely to suffer from negative body image and disordered eating. Although the body acceptance movement is gaining momentum, the intersectionality of body image and sexual assault is often left out of the conversation. Join the Student Wellness Center as we dive into the connection between body image and sexual assault. Suggestions on healing body image within the context of sexual assault trauma will be discussed. Come learn how to be a critical viewer of the media and how to de-center the body as the primary source of self-worth.

Bystander Intervention on Campus

6 – 7:30 p.m.

 

Join Ohio Domestic Violence Network (ODVN) and SARNCO for an abbreviated version of the Violence Prevention Curriculum – The New Playbook: Standing Strong to Promote Non-Violence. This program focuses on the 4 D’s of bystander intervention and creating a campus climate the doesn’t accept the toxic culture that enables violence to occur.

 

Rape Culture: A Survivor’s Perspective

 

7 – 8:30 p.m.

 

Brittany Piper was 20 years old when she was brutally raped by a man pretending to be a good samaritan. Now, nearly ten years later, she refuses to keep silent as she gently unravels this sensitive topic with audiences, allowing them to gain a deeper understanding of this prevalent issue. As a survivor and women’s studies scholar (focusing on Gender Based Violence, Prevention and Rape Culture), with extensive work in local and international organizations (including Rape Crisis Centers in conflict countries): Brittany is able to use her perspective as a survivor, as well as a trauma and prevention expert, to educate communities and organizations on the many perspectives of sexual violence prevention AND recovery. Her personal and moving story, blended with a non-judgmental and healthy dialogue about rape, compelling research, and interactive activities, offers a meaningful picture of the realities of the toxic culture in which we live. Brittany reveals how we all participate in rape culture, even from a young age, and helps individuals to understand the role they play in either perpetuating or ending the cycle. Joining this discussion with Brittany will leave you feeling empowered to not only combat sexual violence in their communities, but to be a pillar of strength for the survivors around you.

 

Those who attend this event will be entered to win a prize!

 

Tuesday, April 13

Coffee and Consent

11 AM – 12 p.m.

 

Join your peers for a coffee hour to dialogue about consent. We will discuss how to create a consent culture, including in both sexual and romantic relationships. The Student Wellness Center and Office of Institutional Equity will host the event and can answer questions. We believe in shared knowledge, so come prepared to talk, listen, and interact with new people. Students and employees welcome!

RAD: Self-Defense and Awareness

1 – 2 p.m.

 

Join OSUPD to be empowered by learning how your voice and physical strength can keep you safe. This session will focus on basic strategies and behavior identification.

Meet the Process with OSUPD, Student Legal Services and SARNCO

6 – 7:30 p.m.

 

Join OSUPD, Student Legal Services, and SARNCO to discuss what a victim or a support person of a victim can expect from an investigation, adjudication, and victim advocacy processes. Powerpoint will be sent out prior if you would like to look over it!

 

Those who attend this event will be entered to win a prize!

The Body is Not an Apology: A Mindfulness Practice

6 – 7 p.m.

Radical self-love is for everybody and every body! Join Ivory Levert, Buckeye PAL Program Manager and Certified Yoga Guide for meditation, mindful movement and reflective dialogue on April 13th from 6pm to 7pm. This mindfulness practice will highlight key strategies to address body shame, radical self-love, and social justice based on the book, The Body is Not An Apology: Radical Self Love by Sonya Renee Taylor. If time allows, check out the podcast episode on Unlocking Us with Brené Brown and Sonya Renee Taylor as they discuss the connection between how we think about our bodies and oppression. Invite a friend, grab your yoga mat and/or find a comfortable seat to engage in this virtual practice via zoom! No previous yoga or meditation experience is necessary.

 

Those who attend this event will be entered to win a prize!

 

Wednesday, April 14

Navigating Personal and Professional Relationship Dynamics in Graduate School

12 – 1 p.m.

 

Graduate and Professional students are pulled in a number of different directions, juggle conflicting responsibilities, and generally wear a lot of different hats throughout the day. Regardless of which program you are in, relationships play a major role in your day to day life. Join the Student Wellness Center for a discussion on how to set boundaries with work, school, teaching, and research, adjusting both personal and professional relationships now that you are a graduate or professional student, and tips for conflict resolution.

 

Those who attend this event will be entered to win a prize!

Mindful Eating in the N.O.W Moment

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

 

Have you ever struggled to be in tune with your body’s needs or found yourself eating for reasons other than hunger? This interactive presentation will explore the 10 principles of becoming an intuitive eater and how to develop a healthy, positive relationship with food.

Looking at Sexual Assault Survival Through a Different Lens

7 – 8:30 p.m.

 

Landon Wilcock shared his story as a male sexual assault survivor and Ione Wells helped us reimagine how we talk about sexual assault on the TED stage. Join the Student Wellness Center as we look at survivorship from a new lens. These thought-provoking TEDTalks will be accompanied by an interactive discussion led by Wellness Ambassadors.

 

Those who attend this event will be entered to win a prize!

 

Thursday, April 15

Hiking for Self-Care

 

Join us on Instagram Live: @osuwellness

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Spending time in the outdoors has been linked to numerous emotional and physical benefits. Studies have shown hiking to be a great self-care tool: studies show a link between hiking and improved mental health.  Join the Student Wellness Center as we explore how to evaluate hiking destinations, safety considerations, and the items and clothing needed to successfully venture into the outdoors. We will also explore common hiking destinations in the Columbus area and help attendees choose which may be most appropriate for their experience level. 

Relationship Goals

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

 

Relationships come in all shapes and sizes and are an important part of our lives. Everyone deserves to be happy and safe in their relationships, but not all relationships are healthy. Join the Student Wellness Center as we discuss interpersonal skills for healthy relationships, identify unhealthy and abusive behaviors in intimate relationships, and explore setting boundaries and productive conflict resolution.

 

Those who attend this event will be entered to win a prize!

 

Friday, April 16

Coffee and Consent

11 AM – 12 p.m.

 

Join your peers for a coffee hour to dialogue about consent. We will discuss how to create a consent culture, including in both sexual and romantic relationships. The Student Wellness Center and Office of Institutional Equity will host the event and can answer questions. We believe in shared knowledge, so come prepared to talk, listen, and interact with new people. Students and employees welcome!

 

Those who attend this event will be entered to win a prize!

Survivor Writing Retreat

 

 

7 – 9 p.m.

 

Survivors of sexual violence are welcome to attend this virtual retreat. This event is hosted by SARNCO and will be a closed, confidential space for survivors to learn and practice techniques to write through trauma and healing, all while building community with one another. Putting down our experiences in writing and allowing others to hold space with us can be incredibly healing. Everyone's story is unique, but we are not alone in our experiences and we can use communal practices to process together in an empowering, trauma-informed way. This event is limited to 15 participants. Materials and resources will be provided to participants in advance of the event.

 

This event is only open to those who identify as a survivor of sexual violence, sexual harassment, and/or relationship violence and is intended to be a space for survivors, only. 

 

Monday, April 19

Campus Sex Series – The Facts of Life: Between the Sheets

6 – 7 p.m.

 

OSU STAR Trauma Recovery Center and Dr. Aaiza Malik have partnered together to provide a four -part series throughout Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Come on this four-part journey with us, so that you can be a fantastic advocate!

 

This fourth and final part discusses the grey line that exists between consent vs. coercion/human trafficking. We will answer your questions from Parts 1 – 3 by a live panel that will create a safe space for students, faculty and staff to ask questions openly and honestly. Resource handouts and key points will be provided and this session will be recorded.

 

Those who attend this event will be entered to win a prize!

 

Tuesday, April 20

Not-So-Trivial Tuesday: Trivia Night

7 – 8:30 p.m.

 

Put your knowledge to the test by joining the Student Wellness Center in a fun and informative trivia night. Trivia categories will be themed for SAAM and the role of alcohol and other drugs in sexual violence prevention. Register as a team with up to five friends or come as a free agent and be paired to a team. There are three rounds of trivia and 15 categories per round, and prizes for the winning team!

 

Those who attend this event will be entered to win a prize!

 

Wednesday, April 21

Digital Discussions: We Can Build Safe Online Spaces

6 – 7 p.m.

 

We live in an increasingly virtual world and much of our day-to-day interactions happen in online spaces. Sexual violence can happen anywhere – even our online workspaces, classrooms and social media platforms. Join the Student Wellness Center as we learn how to practice digital consent, intervene in harmful virtual situations and foster healthy relationships online.

 

Those who attend this event will be entered to win a prize!

 

Thursday, April 22

What is a Forensic Nurse and What if There is no SANE in Sight?

 

6 – 7:30 p.m.

 

Do all victims/communities have access to trained Forensic Nurses? Would you know what to do if you had to do a Medical/Forensic Examination? Who benefits from having trained Forensic Nurses to complete these examinations? What happened when there is no access to a Forensic Nurse to conduct the examinations? They get turned away and the patient will not receive the comprehensive specialized training a Forensic Nurse has. Join the College of Nursing to learn about what a Forensic Nurse can do and the benefits of having Forensic Nurse training.

Sign up for any Sexual Assault Awareness Month event through our Sexual Assault Awareness Month RSVP Form.

Individuals who are in need of accommodations, such as live captioning, to attend one of our events can request via the Sexual Assault Awareness Month RSVP Form or by emailing Cate Heaney Gary at heaneygary.1@osu.edu. Generally, two weeks notice will allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.