NOVA SAS Kicks Off Sexual Assault Awareness Month

NOVA SAS Kicks Off Sexual Assault Awareness Month

NOVA SAS Kicks Off Sexual Assault Awareness MonthNOVA’s Sexual Assault Services (SAS) program kicks off Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) with a theater performance called “T-O-T-A-L-L-Y” by Kimleigh Smith on Monday, April 7 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the CE Theater on the Annandale Campus.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with a Resource Fair and the performance will be from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. A meet and greet session with Smith will follow. The performance is free and open to the public with free parking in lots B11, B12, B13, B14 and B15.

Smith acts out the impacts of sexual assault on a college cheerleader and her path to recovery. She highlights her personal growth as she struggles to develop healthy sexuality. This one-hour performance is totally heart wrenching, totally powerful and totally impactful. Due to scenes depicting violence, sexual content and language, this performance is for mature audiences only.

For more information about Smith visit http://embraceyourcape.com.

This year’s SAAM campaign focuses on healthy sexuality and young people. Working to educate young people, such as college students, about healthy sexuality is an important part of combating sexual violence. For more information about SAAM, visit http://www.nsvrc.org/saam/sexual-assault-awareness-month-home.

At NOVA, the Office of Student Mental Health and Behavior houses the SAS program. SAS offers free and confidential services to members of the NOVA community who have experienced sexual assault, dating/partner violence and/or stalking. The Sexual Assault Services Coordinator, Negar Ehsani, is on call 24 hours a day to assist members of the NOVA community via cell phone (703.338.0834) or email (sas.nova@nvcc.edu). The SAS coordinator can also provide options and information to the victim/survivor at a safe place on any of NOVA’s campuses and to accompany the victim/survivor to medical, legal or academic meetings or proceedings. Contact the coordinator to request presentations on these issues in classrooms or at other college events.

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