Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Join us for Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) in April 2019! More SAAM Events to come, check back regularly.

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OCRCC & Community SAAM Events

Carrboro Massage Therapy: Benefit Month for SAAM
Looking for some extra self-care this month? In honor of SAAM Carrboro Massage Therapy will be donating $5 to the OCRCC for each massage booked and gift certificate purchased throughout the month of April. Want to earn us an extra $5 donation? Make sure to tell them that’s why you’re there! Help the Center and yourself by booking an appointment for April now here.

Gonza tacos y tequila: Benefit Month for SAAM
Our friends at Gonza tacos y tequila will be collecting donations for the Center throughout the month of April! Show them your support by showing up throughout the month and slipping a little something in their jar.

OCSC: Benefit Month for SAAM
Our friends at Orange County Social Club will be collecting donations for the Center throughout the month of April, and will match 20% of the donations collected at the end of the month! Show them your support by showing up throughout the month and slipping a little something in the vase behind the bar. Just let your bartender know you’ve got a donation for the Center, and they’ll make sure it gets there.

TRU Deli 10% Benefit Night *Time Change*
Monday, 4/22, 7:30-11:30pm | TRU Deli
Need plans for earth day? How about enjoying TRU’s beautiful outdoor patio and helping the OCRCC raise funds essential to our mission of putting an end to sexual violence. 10% of all food and drink purchases will benefit the Center from 7:30-11:30pm! *New Time*

Writing Letters to Incarcerated Survivors
Tuesday, 4/23, 6-8 pm | at OCRCC
Come show some love and solidarity to survivors of sexual violence who are incarcerated! Survivors of sexual violence are disproportionately represented in prisons, jails, and detention centers, where they have even less access to resources and support than people outside of cages. A recent study shows that 86% of people in women’s pods in jails in the US have survived sexual violence, and we know that survivors of color, especially Black and Indigenous survivors of color, trans and queer survivors, and survivors who are sex workers are often criminalized for their survivorship status and for acting in self defense. We’ll provide snacks, some prompts to help you get started, and some stamps and decorations for your cards, all we need is your love and brilliance to show some support for survivors across the prison walls!

Art & Tea Drop-In
Wednesday, 4/24, 12-2 pm | at OCRCC
It’s Denim Day! Wear your favorite jeans and drop-in for some self-care, tea, and SAAM-themed arts and crafts. Supplies are provided, just bring your imagination!

Denim Day Photo Booth with GlobeMed
Wednesday, 4/24 | Time and location on campus TBD
Wear jeans to protest rape culture and show your support for survivors! If you’re on campus, stop by our table where GlobeMed will have resources and a photo booth. You can also organize your own outreach event or fundraiser for the Center! Click here to learn more about Denim Day and how to get involved.

Resilience Film Screening
Thursday, 4/25, 6-8 pm | at OCRCC
The Center will be partnering with Shining Light In Darkness and the Orange Resiliency Initiative to show the award-winning must-see 60-minute film Resilience: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope. This documentary examines how abuse, neglect, household dysfunction and other adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) affect children’s development & health outcomes in adulthood. There will be a discussion following the film about how we as a community can prevent ACEs and mitigate its’ impact.

Turn It Teal Tunes Benefit
Friday, 4/26, 4-9 pm | La Vita Dolce
La Vita Dolce is helping us turn the town teal with this incredible benefit night that will include: live jazz/pop, teal cocktails, fun for the whole family, and a raffle for the chance to create and name your own gelato! 50% of all sales from 4:00p until close on April 26 will go to OCRCC, as will all raffle ticket sales.

Shout Out! Against Sexual Violence
Monday, 4/29, 5:30-7:30 pm  | Chapel Hill Public Library Mtg. Rm. B
Join us for the 17th annual Shout Out! This bilingual event presents stories, poetry, music, dance, visual art, and more, all conveying personal thoughts about sexual violence from survivors and allies. Interested in taking part? Learn more from our FB event here. Participants may choose to be anonymous and have their piece read by a volunteer at the event. The deadline for submissions is April 15th!
Contact: Client Services Specialist Kata de Lima, kata@ocrcc.org

More SAAM Events to come! Check back regularily. 
Questions? Ideas? Want to get involved? Contact Development & Communications Director Gentry Hodnett at gentry@ocrcc.org or 919-968-4647.

How You Can Help

  • Support the Center by donating, coming to our eventscontributing items from our wishlist, or hosting a fundraiser for the Center.
  • Volunteer at the Center.
  • Be a supportive listener to those affected by sexual assault.
  • Talk to your friends about healthy relationships.
  • Replace victim-blaming statements with statements of support.
  • Educate yourself.
  • Talk to your children about safe touches and preventing violence. Request our Community Educators to present a program to your kids’ daycare, youth group, or sports team.
  • Request our Community Educators to present a program for adults to your PTA, book club, social club, church group, or office.
  • Challenge rape myths and stereotypes.
  • Speak up when you hear sexist language or someone downplaying the severity of sexual assault.

Online Activism: Join the Conversation

Color for a Cause:
Download SAAM Coloring Pages, and spend some time coloring for self-care. These beautiful pages with inspiring messages come from Ryerson University’s We Believe You coloring book for survivors and from NSVRC’s SAAM resources. When you’re finished, send us your artistic masterpieces! Bring them by the office or email them to Gentry@ocrcc.org.

Online Activism:
You can use social networking sites to engage online communities in sexual violence prevention throughout the year. Social media tools can help spread awareness and advocate for social change. The NSVRC Social Media Toolkit offers guidance on how to best utilize the resources of this year’s campaign online.
– @OCRCC on Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo, Pinterest, and blog
– @NSVRC on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr, and blog

2019 Past Events

SAAM Day Of Action: Letter Writing Event
Tuesday, 4/2, 3-5 pm | at OCRCC
Kick off Sexual Assault Awareness Month by joining us for a little gratitude and appreciation. This year we’ll be using SAAM’s Day of Action to write thank-you cards and “love” letters to our sister centers and agencies in the state to remind them that we appreciate the hard work that they do all the time, but especially during SAAM.

Policy Push Luncheon
Wednesday, 4/3, 12-2 pm | at OCRCC
Join us on April 3rd for our Policy Push Luncheon. We’ll be providing an introduction to OCRCC’s new legislative efforts, writing and signing letters to send to our representatives, and enjoying lunch together. The letters written and signed at this luncheon will be presented to legislators and staffers at meetings taking place later in the month. BYOL (bring your own lunch)!

Healing the Wounded Heart Workshop
Saturday, 4/6, 2-4 pm | at OCRCC
During this art workshop for survivors of sexual violence and their friends or families, participants will have the chance to reflect on their healing journey and express their story through art. Facilitators will discuss the international “Healing the Wounded Heart” movement and guide participants through creating their own heart using paint, designer paper, magazines, and other collage materials. Participants are also welcome to bring images or materials that are meaningful to them.
NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Contact Groups@ocrcc.org for more information.

It’s On Us
Thursday, 4/11, 6-8pm | UNC’s Gift Plaza
Join UNC’s Greek community in standing against sexual assault as part of the national It’s On Us campaign. Tickets and registration TBA.

Art & Tea Drop-In
Wednesday, 4/10, 12-2 pm | at OCRCC
Drop-in for some self-care, tea, and SAAM-themed arts and crafts. Supplies are provided, just bring your imagination!

Teal Ribbon Banquet
Tuesday, 4/16, 6-8 pm | Mediterranean Deli Back Room
Join us in appreciation and celebration of our community! Spend time with staff, volunteers, and supporters. We will thank our volunteers and present our Teal Ribbon Award to a community member, group, or organization who furthers the mission of the Center. This event is free and open to anyone in our community who supports our mission and cause!

Open House Lunch
Wednesday, 4/17, 12-1 pm | at OCRCC
Couldn’t make it to our open house in March? Have a hankering to eat lunch with our fun and adorable staff and office pups? Drop-in to see our new space, learn about SAAM events, and meet staff and volunteers! BYOL (bring your own lunch)!

 

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