Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Join us for Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) in April 2018!

Upcoming EventsResourcesOnline ActivismPast Events

OCRCC & Community SAAM Events

One Fitness Training Benefit Class
Saturday 4/14, 1-2pm, One Fitness Training
Our very own board member, Brooks Pearson has arranged a special drop in Row, Ride, and Reps class to benefit the Center for SAAM! ONE Circuit classes are strength-training based workouts utilizing various tools, including the kettlebell, designed to burn fat while boosting your metabolism and building muscle. This class incorporates rowing, cycling, and strength training. It is open to all, and will be a donation based drop-in class.

Supporting Those Who Say #Metoo
Saturday 4/14, 3:30-5pm, Orange County Public Library in Hillsborough
Did someone you know say #Metoo? Learn how to support them (and all survivors) in this interactive workshop. Contact: Support Group Facilitator Anole Halper,

Cadence Benefit Concert
Saturday 4/14, 7:30-9:30pm, Hanes Art Center
Support the Center and UNC’s all-female a cappella group, Cadence, at their 15th annual spring concert, which will benefit the Center! Buy your tickets now at this link.

Loreleis’ Benefit Concert
Saturday 4/14, 8-10pm, UNC’s Memorial Hall
UNC’s premiere all-female a cappella group hosts their spring concert, benefitting the OCRCC. Buy your tickets now at this link.

Not So Normal Race
Sunday, 4/15, 7:30am-12:30pm, Carrboro Town Commons
Join us and the Not So Normal folks for a weekend-long celebration of community and giving with some sweat thrown in. When you register for the race, join Team OCRCC and ask your friends to support a wonderful cause. Contact: Development & Admin Coordinator Gentry Hodnett, 

Sexual Harassment Symposium- Human Relations Committee
Sunday, 4/15, 3-5pm, Whitted Building, Hillsborough NC
The Orange County Human Relations Commission presents a free forum on sexual harassment, with a particular focus on survivors of all genders. The OCRCC will deliver a keynote and sit on a panel, joining local business and social services leaders to discuss how sexual harassment can be addressed in our community. Contact: Rachel Valentine, Community Education Director,

Self-Care Workshop: Navigating Gynecology Appointments as a Survivor
Sunday 4/15, 2-4pm, OCRCC
Anxious about your next gynecologist appointment, or avoiding it altogether? In this free trauma-informed workshop, you can learn about common gynecological procedures, additional options you have as a patient, resources available through the Center, and how to advocate for yourself during appointments. Fill in your own journal to use as a roadmap for the next time you schedule to visit to the gynecologist. Contact: Support Group Facilitator Anole Halper,

Wine Down Wednesday Benefit for OCRCC
Every Wednesday, this year from April 18-Oct 3, 5-8pm, La Vita Dolce
Enjoy a nice wine cocktail (think sangria or rose lemonade) at La Vita Dolce for Wine Down Wednesdays this year and the Center will receive 40% of the proceeds for each glass you buy! Each week will offer a different type of wine cocktail that will benefit the Center through October. There will be live music on the patio, discounts on all wine, and even some free treats for the kids!
Contact: Development & Admin Coordinator Gentry Hodnett, 

Supporting Those Who Say #Metoo
Saturday 4/21, 12:30-2pm, Chapel Hill Public Library
Did someone you know say #Metoo? Learn how to support them (and all survivors) in this interactive workshop. Contact: Support Group Facilitator Anole Halper,

Teal Ribbon Banquet
Wednesday 4/23, 7-9pm, La Vita Dolce
Join us in appreciation and celebration of our community! Spend time with staff, volunteers, and supporters. We will thank our tireless volunteers and present our 2018 Teal Ribbon Award. Free and open to the public.Contact: Development & Admin Coordinator Gentry Hodnett, 

Denim Day Photo Booth with GlobeMed
Wednesday 4/25, 3-5pm, Polk Place Quad at UNC
Wear jeans to protest rape culture and show your support for survivors! If you’re on campus, stop by UNC’s Quad at Polk Place from 3pm to 5pm, 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.
Contact: Development & Admin Coordinator Gentry Hodnett,

Denim Day Performance and Take Back the Night Rally
Wednesday 4/25, 6:30-8:45pm, Union Auditorium at UNC
The Student Safety and Wellness Committee is hosting an event in honor of Denim Day, featuring speakers, performers, and a key-note address from OCRCC’s Speaker’s Bureau. The event will immediately be followed by a Take the Back the Night Rally, beginning at The Gift and walking around campus from 8:15pm-8:45pm. This event is free and open to the public, but donations will be collected at the event for the Survivor’s Assistance Fund on campus.

Shout Out! Against Sexual Violence
Monday 4/30, 5:30-7:30pm, Chapel Hill Public Library Mtg. Rm. B
Join us for the 16th 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? Participants may choose to be anonymous and have their piece read by a volunteer at the event. The deadline for submissions is April 13th!
Contact: Crisis Response Coordinator Olivia Bass,

More SAAM Events to come! Check back regularily. 
Questions? Ideas? Want to get involved? Contact Development & Admin Coordinator Gentry Hodnett at 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

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

2018 Past Events

TRU Deli 10% Benefit Night
Tuesday 4/3, 5-9pm, TRU Deli
Kick off Sexual Assault Awareness Month by supporting the Orange County Rape Crisis Center at a benefit hosted by TRU Deli & Wine in downtown Chapel Hill. Grab some delicious food and drinks, write a #SurvivorLoveLetter, & help 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.
Contact: Development Intern Matt Herman,

UNC Slut Walk
Wednesday 4/4, 12pm, UNC’s Lower Quad
Empowering survivors. Advocating our rights. Empowering community. The Beta Lambda Chapter of Omega Phi Beta presents a walk to end rape culture and victim blaming, and the OCRCC will be presenting a Keynote speech.
Contact: Aryana Ainolhayat, Community Education Intern,

It’s On Us
Thursday 4/5, 6-8pm, UNC Old Well
Join UNC’s Greek community in standing against sexual assault as part of the national It’s On Us campaign. Tickets are $8 for the event and dinner or $20 for the event, dinner, and a t-shirt. Hosted by UNC’s Sigma Phi, Kappa Kappa Gamma, and One Act. Proceeds will benefit the Center.
Tickets available at the following link:
Contact: Development & Admin Coordinator Gentry Hodnett, 

Safe Touches Only Family Story Time
Wednesday 4/11, 1:15-2pm, Children’s Cooperative PlaySchool
Join families of pre-school aged children in a collaborative story-time and puppet show to introduce important safety and children’s rights concepts in a family-friendly way! All children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Pre-registration required.
Contact: Rachel Valentine, Community Education Director,

Standing Side by Side: Supporting LGBTQ and Gender-Non-Conforming Youth
Thursday, April 12, 12-1:15pm, McDougle Middle School
Join parents of middle school students from around the district for a casual, skills-building conversation about supporting LGBTQ and gender-non-conforming youth, and empowering your kids to do the same in their schools. Contact: Rachel Valentine, Community Education Director,

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