SARVA Month is Here!!

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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and, in honor of this, SARVA is offering a variety of events, displays, and other ways to get involved with these issues throughout all of April! For a complete list of all the events that will be available during the month, check out our SARVA Month page here.

The first three weeks of SARVA Month will feature a wide variety of different event types and focuses, starting with a “Dawgs Take Action” pledge (produced in collaboration with UW IFC and UW Panhellenic) to unify the student body and to encourage students to take a stand against sexual violence. The following weeks include a number of awesome events, including a SARVA Social Mixer, a viewing of Frontline’s “Rape in the Fields” documentary, a Self-Care Day, and a “Reclaim the Night” event allowing students to light up the Quad with structures they build out of glowsticks!

The final week of SARVA Month includes our large-scale “Rock. Run. Riot!” 3-part event series! This will start with a display and silent march on April 28th to raise awareness regarding the unacceptably high rates of sexual violence on college campuses and across the US. Second, will be our biannual Take Back the Night event. This year we’re switching it, and instead of having our Take Back the Night be an open mic (as it has been traditionally), this quarter it will be a candlelight vigil beginning with a processing around campus and ending with a moment of silence. Finally, we’ll be wrapping up the month with the annual SARVA 5k, to raise awareness regarding sexual and relationship violence as well as to gain donations for Lifewire, a local domestic violence shelter.

If this sounds interesting to you, be sure to check out the full list of SARVA Month events here.

To RSVP for SARVA Month and receive updates and reminders about our various events, check out our Facebook event!

If you have any questions or concerns, you can always contact us at asuwdsa@uw.edu. We hope to see you soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The SARVA workshop series application is open!

Interested in getting involved during winter quarter? Check out the SARVA workshop series! Every year, SARVA hosts a set of workshops dedicated to helping students learn about sexual and relationship violence both in general and specifically on college campuses as well as helping them to build the skills that they need to become agents of positive change in their own communities.

This year, the workshop series will be held during winter quarter starting on the second week of classes (January 12th). Workshops will be held every Monday for the rest of the quarter from 5:00-7:00 pm.

This is a great opportunity to expand your knowledge of these issues, get involved with on-campus activism efforts, and join a community of students dedicated to standing against sexual and relationship violence. Topics covered include victim-blaming, healthy relationships, alcohol, consent, supporting survivors, and much more.

Application: http://tinyurl.com/sarvaworkshop

Please note that the application closes at 11:45 on Tuesday, January 6th!

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us at asuwdsa@uw.edu!

2014 Day of Action

Join us on November 13th as we take a stand against sexual violence on campus in collaboration with other schools of the Pac-12! This year, six of the Pac-12 student governments have formed an initiative to actively oppose sexual violence on their campuses. On November 13th, each of these schools will be hosting a Day of Action to raise awareness and support students in standing against violence.


Day of Action Schedule

10:00-2:00, Informational Fair – HUB Street
From 10:00-2:00, we will be hosting a “Stand Against Sexual Violence” Fair in the HUB street (indoor walkway). The fair will include informational tables about resources and activist groups on campus, a banner to add your thoughts about opposing violence, and an anti-violence photo booth!

2:00-3:30, Breakout Sessions – HUB 131C
From 2:00-3:30 pm, we will be hosting five different breakout sessions for people to take action in the way that works best for them!

  • In the Writer’s Corner, we will be collaborating to draft a letter to an elected official encouraging them to remain aware of an take action regarding sexual violence. For those who aren’t interested in working on the letter, this will also be a space for people to discuss and work on their own writing endeavors related to these subjects (such as blog posts, etc).
  • In our Self-Care Session, we will provide some simple activities (think origami paper, markers, and embroidery thread!) for anyone who is looking for a quiet place to hang out and take a break.
  • At our Chalking session, we will be working to create a single, large display on the sidewalk outside of the HUB (*please note that this session is weather-dependent!).
  • In our Artist’s Corner, we will be providing a space and some basic materials for people to express their thoughts and feelings through art (please note that we have a limited amount of art supplies, so we encourage you to bring your own!).
  • Finally, we will also be maintaining a table out in Red Square for those who are interested in discussing these topics with the broader UW community. Drop by to help spread informational materials and start conversations with other students!

Each of these sessions will be open for the full 90 minutes, so drop by when you can and feel free to attend more than one!

3:30-5:30, Discussion Series – HUB 334

We will wrap up the day with a series of 30 minute open discussions/presentations regarding sexual violence.

  • From 3:30-4:00, we will be bringing in several activism-based groups on campus to explain what their organization does and how to get involved. This is a great opportunity to connect with awesome organizations on campus!
  • From 4:00-4:30, we will be discussing bystander intervention as a means of preventing violence and becoming a resource within your own community. Attend to start gaining practical skills to stand against violence!
  • From 4:30-5:00, we will be focusing on catcalling as a form of sexual violence. Join us as we discuss how catcalling is an example of this type of violence as well as some possible ways to oppose catcalling on campus.
  • From 5:00-5:30, we will be wrapping up the day with an open discussion of sexual violence on campus and how to take a stand against it.

Drop by for as many of these discussions as you’d like, or stay for all four! Each of these sessions will last roughly 25 minutes and will be hosted in HUB 334.


To RSVP, visit our event page on Facebook!

We hope you will be able to join us to take a stand against sexual violence and participate in the 2014 Day of Action! If you have any questions or concerns, contact us at asuwdsa@uw.edu.

Internship Positions Open Now!

Hey Dawgs!

Welcome to the 2014-2015 academic year! I hope you have all had a great first couple of weeks of classes. This year, we have a lot of goals and plans to make SARVA better and more accessible to a wider variety of students than ever.

One big focus of ours is to expand our opportunities for students to get involved. As a result, this year we are offering 7-9 open internship positions as well as the opportunity to become a designated volunteer for SARVA. If you’re interested in applying for an internship with SARVA, check out the intern position descriptions and intern application on our ‘internships‘ page!

If you aren’t interested in an internship but would still like to volunteer with SARVA, you can fill out our volunteer survey here.

I’m so excited about the upcoming year and the opportunities we will have to make change on campus. We hope you will be able to join us!

Best,
Rachel Weisbeck
SARVA Director

Response to the Daily

CW: abuse, victim shaming, violence

Hello everyone,

In light of the Daily article titled “Don’t play the blame game: Be a survivor”, we felt that it was important for SARVA to take a stand. While we understand the Daily had the intent of empowering folks who have been through abuse, we need to understand as a community the kind of impact articles like these make.

In situations of abuse, power has been taken away from the survivor or victim. Telling that person what word to use does not let them define their own experience, and takes that power away again. People who have experienced or are experiencing abuse, we have the right to define our lives with any word we want. These words can change to describe our ways of healing or not healing, and working with trauma.

In the quote “A victim blames themselves. A victim makes excuses. A victim hides, and a victim lies for their assailant”, the article is policing the behaviors that victims sometimes engage in. Not all victims do these things, and asserting so is stigmatizing to victims. Also, for people who have engaged in these activities, it is often to survive their abuse, and we cannot condemn these coping mechanisms that keep people alive.

SARVA is not in favor of the sentiments of this article, but we also do not support personal attacks on the author. While this article is problematic in several ways, we encourage feelings to be about the article and the content as opposed to the person who wrote it, as we are all in different places of learning. SARVA wishes to continue this learning process is in current conversations with the Daily about this article. As we make progress, we will keep you all informed. In case you have not seen the article, there is a link below with the content warnings listed at the top of this post.

http://dailyuw.com/archive/2014/05/18/opinion/don%E2%80%99t-play-blame-game-be-survivor#.U3pMrNJdXgM

-SARVA