Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2022
April is nationally recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), a time when we ask everyone within the RBHS community to get involved by honoring and supporting survivors, speaking up against violence and harassment, and respecting boundaries in all relationships. This April, VPVA is hosting events encouraging all of RBHS to support a safe, inclusive, and supportive environment. Visit this page for updates, and follow our Instagram & Twitter @RBHS_VPVA.
Countdown to SAAM 22
Turn The Campus Teal
Teal is nationally recognized as the awareness color for Sexual Assault Awareness Month .Turn The Campus Teal is a university-wide initiative encouraging members of the community to bring teal into the month to raise awareness of all forms of sexual violence. Participate by turning your social presence teal, sharing your favorite teal items, or turning your email signatures teal!
Turn Up in Teal
Monday, April 11th
Wear & share your teal! We want everyone from the RBHS community to show their support by wearing teal or highlighting their favorite teal items and sharing their photos with us on 4/11. Stop by one of our tabling events and/or rock the color and tag us @rbhs_vpva using our hashtags #RBHSSAAM22 #RBHSTeal22. Want to participate without a social media account? Submit photos here!
Empty Chair Campaign
Throughout the month
The Empty Chair Campaign raises awareness about incidents of sexual violence, sexual harassment, stalking, and other forms of interpersonal violence. We’ll be highlighting stories of those who have experienced sexual violence and the many ways that can impact a person, including their participation and attendance in their daily activities. Look for the teal chairs on your campus location or join the conversation on how to support survivors with these stories @rbhs_vpva. We look forward to you sharing how you’d step in to support survivors: https://go.rutgers.edu/l5ks7rb6
Shattering the Silence on Sexual Harassment
April 20th 12pm
As part of our Responding to Interpersonal Violence series, we invite you to a lunchtime virtual discussion on Shattering the Silence on Sexual Harassment. Learn about the different aspects and impact of sexual harassment in the fields of science, technology, and medicine, review the prevalence on our campus, and explore what we can do to help shift the culture in our spaces. Register to participate in this virtual event here.
Traveling Jeans Denim Project
In collaboration with all 4 Rutgers VPVA offices, RBHS will host Denim Design Days at tabling events across the RBHS campus. Members of our community can sign the jeans that will travel between all 4 Rutgers campuses. This denim will be displayed during the week of Denim Day (April 27) across the university and in conjunction with our Clothesline Project display. This initiative confronts victim-blaming attitudes and shows how the community can show up to support survivors. Join us to put your name towards the solution and support our display April 25-29!
The Clothesline Project
April 25th to 29th
The Clothesline Project is a visual display dedicated to raising awareness about the reality of violence in our RBHS community. Traditionally, it is composed of t-shirts created by survivors of violence or in honor of those who have experienced violence, reflecting messages of support, challenging myths, and advocating for the end of attitudes that enable violence to exist. This year, we’re hosting a Clothesline Project on the RBHS Piscataway and Newark campus. Join our efforts to design a shirt or come visit our display during April 25-29!
Wednesday, April 27th
In celebration of Denim Day, we are asking our campus community members to wear jeans with a purpose, support survivors, and educate themselves and others about all forms of sexual violence! Denim Day is a worldwide call to action to protest violence and victim-blaming attitudes. Rock your denim, or join us at one of our pick-up locations to get a Denim Day button to wear for the occasion! And remember to share your photos of your denim efforts on 4/28 through submission form or social media @rbhs_vpva!