Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April 2015

Join us as we Paint the Town Teal! Sexual Assault Awareness Month is an opportunity to raise awareness about sexual violence and educate ourselves on how to prevent it. By working together, we can make a difference in our mission to stop sexual violence and its impact. Please join us in our advocacy efforts. We hope to see you at the many events we have planned this month!

Are you interested in supporting the Center this SAAM? Consider hosting a fundraiser for the Center, or donate items on our Wish List! Contact us at info@ocrcc.org or 919-968-4647.


Upcoming Events

Please let us know if you’re interested in planning an event for April 2015! Contact info@ocrcc.org or 919-968-4647.

Beyond ‘That’s So Gay’: Helping Kids Stand Up to Homophobia

Wednesday, April 15. 12-1pm. McDougle Middle School.

Part of our Standing Side by Side series, this brownbag lunch program for parents of middle school students will discuss how to help kids stand up to homophobia at school.   Rachel Valentine, rvalentine@ocrcc.org.

Shop for a Reason at Rumors

Wednesday, April 15. 3-7pm. Rumors in Chapel Hill.

This local one-of-a-kind thrift boutique is hosting Shop for a Reason. From 3 to 7pm on 4/15, 20% of the shop proceeds will benefit the Center. Come explore the eclectic variety of carefully curated thrift clothing and accessories. Shop, save, and support the Center all at the same time!   Alex Stewart, astewart@ocrcc.org.

“Talk About It” Community Cafe

Saturday, April 18. 10am-12pm. New Hope Elementary School.

Join us for breakfast and conversation about what it takes to end child sexual abuse in Orange County. Bring your neighbors, break bread, share wisdom, and leave empowered! Brunch and childcare provided free of charge.   Rachel Valentine, rvalentine@ocrcc.org.

The Clothesline ProjectClothesline Project Workshop

Sunday, April 19. 2-4pm. OCRCC.

For our monthly self-care workshop for survivors of all genders, we will decorate t-shirts. Participants in this bilingual session may choose to display their creations at the Shout Out. Find out more about the history of the Clothesline Project here. Advance registration is required for this workshop; space is limited. For more information and to register, contact Bethany Wichman-Buescher, bethany@ocrcc.org.

Donation Yoga Class

Sunday, April 19. 6-7:30pm. Carrboro Yoga Company.

Carrboro Yoga has supported the Center for many years now by offering donation classes during SAAM. The connection between yoga and the OCRCC is simple: survivors can start to move back into their bodies in a safe way through the sacred practice of yoga. This April, CYCo will offer a donation class in Carrboro led by Michelle Johnson. Join her for an all-levels flow class that will end with a deep relaxation. Bring a cash or check donation in any amount, 100% of which will benefit the Center. This donation class is filled first-come, first-situated, with no online signup; simply walk in.

The Mask You Live InThe Mask You Live In Film Screening & Panel Discussion

Monday, April 20. 6pm. Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture, Duke University.

From the creators of the award-winning Miss Representation, this documentary explores how boys are socialized to become men in America, addressing issues of media exposure, violence, pornography, and emotional health. Followed by a panel discussion featuring local activists, including the Center’s Education Director, Rachel Valentine, rvalentine@ocrcc.org.

Shout Out! Against Sexual Violence

Tuesday, April 21. 6-8pm. Chapel Hill Public Library, Meeting Room A.

Shout Out HeaderDo you want to Shout Out! Against Sexual Violence? Here’s your chance! Together with El Centro Hispano, we will host our annual bilingual Shout Out!, a survivor-themed event that explores the survivor experience through stories and testimonials, poetry and spoken word, dance, music, and visual art. Survivors of sexual violence, their loved ones, and allies will break the silence and share their stories. The submission deadline has passed, but an Open Mic will follow the planned pieces, as time allows. If you have any questions, please contact Joey Honeycutt, joey@ocrcc.org.

Sonic Temple Tamale Dance Party

Friday, April 24. 9pm-2am. Bowbarr.

KC Masterpeace + tasty tamales = awesome dance party! Donations for the Center are encouraged at the door. Bowbarr will also contribute a percentage of sales from the evening. 21+.   Alyson Culin, alyson@ocrcc.org.

Stewards of Children TrainingStewards of Children

Saturday, April 25. 10am-12:30pm. OCPL Main Library in Hillsborough.

Join the movement to end child sexual abuse! Stewards of Children is a nationally recognized, evidence-based program that increases skills to prevent, recognize, and respond effectively to signs of child sexual abuse. For parents, educators, caregivers, and anyone who has a relationship with a child, this program is offered free of charge.   Rachel Valentine, rvalentine@ocrcc.org.

Donation Yoga Class

Sunday, April 26. 2-3:30pm. Hillsborough Yoga Company.

Hillsborough Yoga is supporting the Center by offering donation classes during SAAM. The connection between yoga and the OCRCC is simple: survivors can start to move back into their bodies in a safe way through the sacred practice of yoga. This April, HYCo will offer a donation class in Hillsborough led by Kristi Buckley. Join her for an all-levels flow class that will end with a deep relaxation. Bring a cash or check donation in any amount, 100% of which will benefit the Center. This donation class is filled first-come, first-situated, with no online signup; simply walk in.

How to Help a Loved OneHow to Help a Friend

Thursday, April 27. 6-8pm. Chapel Hill Public Library, Meeting Room A.

This seminar is for family, friends, and partners of those who have been sexually assaulted and abused, whether the trauma occurred recently or years ago. Join us for helpful tips and resources to use as a supporter.   Bethany Wichman-Buescher, bethany@ocrcc.org.

Teal Ribbon Banquet

Tuesday, April 28. 6-8pm. Mediterranean Deli.

Join us in appreciation and celebration of our community! Spend time with staff, volunteers, and supporters. We will present our Teal Ribbon Award to a community member who furthers the mission of the Center. Open to the public.   Alex Stewart, astewart@ocrcc.org.

Denim DayDenim Day image

Wednesday, April 29. Everywhere!

Wear jeans to protest rape culture and show support for survivors! As part of Denim Day advocacy, organize an outreach event and fundraiser to benefit the Center.  Learn more about Denim Day here.   Alyson Culin, alyson@ocrcc.org.

Stewards of Children Training

Thursday, April 30. 6:30-9pm. OCRCC.

Join the movement to end child sexual abuse! Stewards of Children is a nationally recognized, evidence-based program that increases skills to prevent, recognize, and respond effectively to signs of child sexual abuse. For parents, educators, caregivers, and anyone who has a relationship with a child, this program is offered free of charge.   Rachel Valentine, rvalentine@ocrcc.org.

What You Can Do

  • Check out the resources from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.
  • Support the Center by donating and coming to our events.
  • Donate items on our wishlist.
  • Volunteer at the Center.
  • Host a fundraiser for the Center.
  • Engage in online activism.
  • 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.

  • 24-Hour Help Line:

    • 866-WE-LISTEN (866-935-4783)
    • 919-967-7273 (Local)
    • 919-338-0746 (TTY)