Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2023
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 The Clothesline Project
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 or Zoom backgrounds teal! Click the image below for access to our teal digital gifts.
Join us for tabling events throughout the month.
- @Piscataway 4/5, 4/12, 4/18 & 4/26
- @Newark 4/10, 4/12, 4/20, & 4/26
Turn The Campus (Office) Teal
Decorate April 24-28th
To continue our Turn It Teal initiative, we invite RBHS Faculty & Staff to Turn their Offices Teal to support survivors of sexual violence. VPVA is offering Teal kits to decorate your spaces and share with us virtually (@RBHS_VPVA or firstname.lastname@example.org). Submit the last week of April and the community will decide who decorated best, with your chance to win some swag! To participate, request a kit 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 and join the conversation on how to support survivors.
The Clothesline Project
April 20th, Newark I April 25th Piscataway
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 The Clothesline Project at RBHS Newark in the NJMS Plaza on April 20th and RBHS Piscataway in front of the CABM building on April 25th. Join us to design shirts or walk through our display!
Wednesday, April 26th
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 4/26 through the submission form or social media @rbhs_vpva!
Bystander Intervention Workshop: The Biased Bystander
April 19th, 12pm
This virtual bystander intervention workshop will reveal how all forms of violence are linked to bias and oppression and will provide guidance on how students can reflect upon their own bias when intervening. Students will learn tangible skills for intervening when they witness potential incidents of harm and will identify and address barriers that have limited their ability to intervene and support others. Click here to register for this session.
What Were You Wearing?
What Were You Wearing is an initiative to challenge victim-blaming ideology. “What Were You Wearing?” allows survivors of sexual violence to share their stories and answer one of the most asked questions that, intentionally or unintentionally, puts the responsibility of assault on those who experience it. Scroll below to view the submitted stories from the RBHS community.
What Were You Wearing Virtual Display
“What Were You Wearing?” allows survivors of sexual violence to share their stories and answer one of the most asked questions that, intentionally or unintentionally, puts the responsibility of assault on those who experience it. View the exhibit bleow to visit survivors’ stories and attire, revealing that sexual violence can occur anywhere and to anyone, regardless of what they were wearing.