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Sexual Assault Awareness Month Campus Events

Published: April 3, 2017

Sexual Assault Awareness Month will be recognized at CSULB throughout April with various events being held to raise awareness and educate individuals on issues surrounding sexual assault.

The first event, The Clothesline Project, takes place on Wednesday, April 5, from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at Speaker’s Platform (lawn across from the university bookstore).

The Clothesline Project is a visual display meant to raise awareness and air the “dirty laundry” of sexual violence. It is brought to campus by YWCA Greater Los Angeles Sexual Assault Crisis Services and the Women’s and Gender Equity Center (WGEC), and showcases the personal experiences of survivors of sexual violence.

Students are invited to decorate a t-shirt to hang up on the clothesline, engage with other art projects, enjoy pets provided from Disabled Student Services’ Paws for Healing program, as well as visit a variety of resource tables. At noon, activist Zoe Nicholson will speak to students. Nicholson has been speaking, writing and organizing as an equality activist for 50 years. She has participated in various movements—peace, labor, civil rights, choice, public health, women and LGBTQ—always with a resolute commitment to nonviolent direct action. With a B.A. in Theology from Quincy University and a M.A. in Ethics from USC, she began her professional life teaching high school for five years and continues her life’s work as an equality activist.

Also on April 5, a Take Back the Night Rally/Speak Out will take place from 5-9:30 p.m. The event kicks off at Maxson Plaza with performances, resource tables and guest speakers at 6 p.m., followed by a march through campus at 6:30 p.m. to the Anatol Center where at 7 p.m. there will be a performance of interACT and Speak Out. Among the guest speakers will be detective Chris Brown from University Police and Jon Higgins from Multicultural Affairs. The purpose of the event is to declare the CSULB campus off limits to sexual violence, and declaring it a safe place to walk. The Speak Out is an opportunity for survivors of sexual assault and students who have been touched by sexual violence to share their stories.

Denim Day will be recognized on Wednesday, April 26, and serves as a day of international protest against the Italian Supreme Court decision that overturned a rape conviction because an 18-year old victim was wearing jeans. Members of the campus community are encouraged to wear jeans to show their support for survivors of sexual assault and to protest against the myths that surround sexual violence. Leading up to the event, the Women’s and Gender Equity Center will be tabling throughout the month to highlight Denim Day and students will be able to decorate a denim pocket. The tabling will take place noon-2 p.m. next to the Psychology building on back-to-back Thursdays, April 13 and April 20, and in front of the University Library on April 26.

Also on April 26, the screening of the film “Brave Miss World” will be followed by Q&A with director Cecilia Peck, daughter of legendary actor Gregory Peck. The event will be held in the University Theater from 6–8 p.m. The film portrays the true story of Linor Abargil, who was Miss Israel 1998 and crowned Miss World that same year. She was sexually assaulted just a few months prior to the Miss World competition. It follows her courageous journey in an inspiring fight for justice. This screening is sponsored by Long Beach Hillel, Hadassah, CSULB Film and Electronics Art Depatment, Associated Students and the WGEC.

All these programs have been made possible through the collaboration of Associated Students Inc., YWCA-Greater Los Angeles Sexual Assault Crisis Services, U.R.G.E., Counseling and Psychological Services, CSULB Film and Electronic Arts Department, Hadassah and Long Beach Hillel.

For general information on any events, please contact the WGEC by phone at 562-985-8576 or via email.