Office of Student Life

Student Wellness Center

Sexual Assault Awareness Month: April 12 - 16

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.

 

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 & 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 & 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 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 & 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. 

 

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.