SARVA Month 2015

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and, in honor of this, SARVA is offering a variety of different events, displays, and other ways to get involved in these issues! Below is a complete list of the events being offered by SARVA throughout the month. You can also view the SARVA Month Facebook event here!


“Dawgs Take Action” Pledging || Red Square | 3/31-4/3 | 10:00-2:00 pm

Join SARVA, ASUW, IFC, and Panhellenic as we pledge to end sexual violence at UW, by taking action, educating ourself and others, and supporting survivors and victims of violence. Find us in Red Square between 3/31-4/3 to take the pledge, get an awesome button, and have your name added to the list of students who are ready to take a stand against power-based violence!


SARVA Social Mixer || HUB 337 | 4/8 | 5:30-7:00 pm

Are you curious about SARVA and the work we do? Or maybe you’re a long-time SARVA volunteer who just wants to hang out with the rest of the SARVA crew? Whether you’re completely new to SARVA or have been involved with us before, come to the SARVA social mixer to hang out, learn more about SARVA, and participate in some fun activities!


“Rape in the Fields” Documentary Viewing || Gowen 201 | 4/9 | 6:30-8:00 pm

Join SARVA, La Raza, and WAC for a viewing of Frontline’s documentary “Rape in the Fields,” which examines sexual violence perpetrated against migrant workers.

Event page: Coming soon!


Panel on Medical and Psychiatric Violence || Gowen 201 | 4/9 | 6:30-8:00 pm | Facebook Event

Join SARVA, SDC, and the D Center for a panel bringing together individuals and community organizers to discuss the medical and psychiatric abuse directed at disabled people, particularly those with other marginalized identities. At this even, we will be talking about the realities of medical violence that disabled communities experience, and how we learn to exist within and overcome these systems.


Open Discussion: Intersectionality and Violence || HUB 145 | 4/16 | 6:30-7:30 pm

Join us for an open discussion on how intersectionality relates to violence and particularly how sexual and relationship violence are used as a means of maintaining power and oppression. While everyone is welcome to participate, our goal is to center the voices of those who hold intersecting marginalized identities themselves.


Self-Care Day || 4/21 | Details will be made available soon

Participating in SARVA month is a great experience, but it can also be overwhelming, and activist burnout is a very real problem. Take some time for yourself and engage in some fun, low-key activities with other engaged students. Please note that the schedule for this event is still in the works and will be available at soon!


Reclaiming the Night || The Quad | 4/23 | 9:00 pm

For people of many identities, darkness makes spaces inaccessible and dangerous. Join SARVA as we reclaim one of the largest poorly-lit spaces on our campus – the Quad! Starting at 9:00 pm, we will have thousands of glow sticks available for people to build glowing structures and light up this space.

Event page: Coming soon!


Silent March || Red Square | 4/28 | 2:20

On average, a sexual assault occurs in the US every 107 seconds (RAINN). At the UW, more than 18% of students report having experienced sexual violence during their time at US (UW Safety Survey, 2011). Join SARVA as we protest the incredibly high rates of sexual violence both at UW and across the US through a silent march across campus, followed by a discussion about sexual violence on college campuses.

Event page: Coming soon!


Take Back the Night || Red Square | 4/30 | 8:30

Join us for a candlelight vigil to honor and support survivors and victims of sexual assault and relationship violence, featuring the voices of UW students. The event will begin with a candlelit procession around the UW campus and will end with a moment of silence.

Event page: Coming soon!


SARVA 5k || HUB Lawn | 5/2 | Registration starts at 10:00, race starts at 11:00 am

The SARVA 5k is an annual event on the University of Washington campus to raise awareness about sexual assault and relationship violence. The race will be followed by the opportunity to have a picnic lunch out on the HUB lawn and to hear speakers from across campus discuss sexual and relationship violence through a variety of different perspectives. Be sure to bring your friends, family, and fellow Huskies!

Event page: Coming soon!



Details & Accessibility
  • All events are free, and all events are open to community members as well as students.
  • Ask for permission before engaging in physical contact with other event attendees.
  • If other event attendees disclose personal information, obtain their explicit permission before talking about this information outside of the event space.
  • SARVA will not be taking photographs unless explicit consent has been received from those in the pictures, and we ask that event attendees also do not take photographs without obtaining consent from those they are photographing. We ask that there be no flash photography at these events.
  • The topics covered at these events may be potentially triggering for survivors of sexual assault, relationship violence, and/or other forms of power-based violence. Please be mindful of your own mental health when choosing to attend these events–your safety is most important. If you have additional triggers and want to ask if content related to these triggers will be present at these events, please contact the SARVA director at
  • Do not assume how other event attendees identify.
  • Do not assume the pronouns used by other event attendees. If you do not know the pronouns a person uses, ask them.
  • Gender neutral bathrooms can be found in Savery, McCarty in the lobby area on the first floor, and the HUB on the third floor. The other buildings SARVA Month events will be taking place in do not have gender neutral bathrooms.
  • Information about wheelchair accessibility can be found at the following links: Denny, Ethnic Cultural Theater, Haggett, HanseeHUB, McCarty, McMahonPoplar, Savery.
  • These event spaces are not kept scent-free, but we ask that event attendees do not wear scented/fragranced products (e.g. perfume, hair products) or essential oils the days of the events in order to make the events accessible to those with chemical injury or multiple chemical sensitivity. We ask that smokers also store their coats/outer clothing that is regularly exposed to smoke outside the event spaces if possible.
  • Unfortunately, there will not be ASL or non-English language interpretation.
  • Childcare services will not be provided.
  • The University of Washington can be reached on multiple bus routes. This link can help you locate which route may work for you.
  • Parking is available at multiple locations on the University of Washington campus. Details can be found here.
  • If you have a question about details or accessibility that was not covered here, please contact the SARVA assistant director at
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