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.

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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

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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

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SARVA 5k Registration

Looking to register for the SARVA 5k? You can register to participate in the race here: http://tinyurl.com/2014sarva5k

Once you’ve registered, be sure to swing by the SARVA office to pick up your free promotional t-shirt! You can view our office hours here: http://hours.asuw.org

If you’re interested in volunteering for the 5k, please fill out this form to let us know your availability: http://tinyurl.com/sarva5kvolunteer

We look forward to seeing you all there!

- Rachel Weisbeck
Program Coordinator

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SARVA Month 2014!

Hey everyone!

We’re so excited to announce the start of SARVA Month 2014!

As you may or may not know, April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. In honor of this, every April SARVA continues the campaign against violence with Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Activism Month! We have all sorts of awesome events and opportunities to get involved that you should definitely check out! For this year’s SARVA Month, we’re featuring the following events:

  • Asexuality & Consent
  • Sex Worker Q&A
  • Take Back the Night
  • Self Worth Fair
  • Alternatives to Rape Culture
  • Green Dot Bystander Training
  • SARVA 5k Run/Walk

Check out this link for more information and to RSVP to our events on Facebook!

-Rachel Weisbeck
Program Coordinator

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SARVA Spring Workshops

Hello everyone!

We’re excited to announce the second round of workshop applications. If you could not make it in Winter, do not worry as we have Spring applications going out today!

If you are interested in learning more about sexual assault and relationship violence, equip yourself to engage in important conversations and activism in your communities, and hear from professionals in the field, then you should apply!

Workshops will cover topics including consent and sexual assault, anti-oppressive frameworks, alcohol, legal issues, relationship violence, supporting survivors, and community resources.

Make sure to fill our your application  at tinyurl.com/sarvatrainingsp14 by March 14 and email asuwadsa@uw.edu if you have any questions.

Best,

Varsha Govindaraju

Assistant Director

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SARVA Volunteer Application

Hey Dawgs!

The SARVA Volunteer Application for Winter quarter training is open until December 2nd! If you are interested in learning more about sexual assault and relationship violence, equip yourself to engage in important conversations and activism in your communities, and hear from professionals in the field, then you should apply!

Trainings will cover topics including consent and sexual assault, anti-oppressive frameworks, alcohol, legal issues, relationship violence, supporting survivors, and community resources.

Click here for more information and to start the application.

Applications are due by December 2nd, please contact asuwdsa@uw.edu with any questions.

Best,

Katie Peterson
SARVA Director

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Upcoming Events

Hey Dawgs!

We’ve got a lot of things going on this November that we’d like to share with you!

Relationship Skills Classes: We’ll be presenting three classes using the NW Network‘s  excellent curriculum this November! We’ll be working together to develop healthy relationship skills for a wide range of different types of relationship. These classes are open to all students, and students can feel free to attend as many or as few as they like.

These three classes will be held in the HUB Welcome Center room 106 6:30-8pm:
Values and Expectations (November 5)
Boundaries and Accountability (November 12)
Conflict (November 19)

To learn more and register visit tinyurl.com/relationshipskills13
Click here to view Facebook event page

Take Back The Night: Join us for this Fall’s open mic dedicated to creating a safe space where people may share their own stories and feelings about relationship violence and sexual assault. The event will be held at the Ethnic Cultural Theater on November 14 at 7pm.

Click here to view Facebook event page

SARVA Winter Training Application: The app is now open! If you’re interested in learning more about sexual assault and relationship violence, and engaging in opportunities to lead our campus in conversations and activism surrounding these issues, apply today!

You can learn more and apply at tinyurl.com/sarvatrainingapp2013

This is an exciting month for us and we look forward to seeing you soon!

All the best,
Katie Peterson
Director 

 

 

 

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SARVA Winter Training Application Open!

Hey Dawgs!

It’s that time of year again, the SARVA Winter Training Application is now OPEN! If you are interested in learning more about sexual assault and relationship violence, equip yourself to engage in important conversations and activism in your communities, and hear from professionals in the field, then you should apply!

Trainings will cover topics including consent and sexual assault, anti-oppressive frameworks, alcohol, legal issues, relationship violence, supporting survivors, and community resources.

Click here for more information and to start the application.

Applications are due by December 2nd, please contact asuwdsa@uw.edu with any questions.

Best,

Katie Peterson
SARVA Director

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DAWG Daze Consent Fair

Hey Huskies! Let’s talk about consent!

Fall quarter is almost here and it’s that time of year for DAWG Daze! This year SARVA will be hosting a Consent Fair to officially kick-off this Fall’s Consent Campaign!

Interested in discussing consent in both sexual situations and our everyday lives? Want to help make the UW a place that promotes and respects consent?

Come to the Consent Fair during DAWG Daze!
September 24th
The HUB, room 337
1:00-2:00pm

  • Add your thoughts and signatures to our Consent Campaign materials
  • Pose for our Consent photo booth
  • Learn about amazing campus resources and organizations, including SARIS (Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Information Service), Health & Wellness, Green Dot and CCSL (Campus Coalition for Sexual Literacy)

For any questions, email Katie at asuwdsa@uw.edu

See you soon!

Katie Peterson
Director

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