April Is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), and NOVA Sexual Assault Services (SAS) is hosting events at various campuses to promote education and awareness of sexual violence. The goal of SAAM is to bring awareness to sexual violence and to help educate communities on how to prevent it. Sexual assault survivors are not alone. NOVA SAS aims to address issues of sexual assault, stalking and dating/partner violence but they need everyone’s help to put an end to it.

The Clothesline Project is coming to the Manassas Campus on April 25 and 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Members of the community are invited to decorate T-shirts to hang on a clothesline as a visual display of support for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence.

Wednesday, April 27 is Denim Day, an annual event that seeks to address harmful misconceptions surrounding sexual assault. Denim Day began when the Italian Supreme Court ruled that because a rape victim had been wearing tight jeans at the time of the attack, she must have helped her attacker remove the jeans, thereby implying consent. As a result, people around the world wear jeans on Denim Day to show solidarity for rape survivors and protest rape myths. NOVA SAS will host tabling events on Denim Day at the Loudoun, Annandale and Alexandria campuses to raise further awareness of these issues. Do not forget to wear denim!

NOVA SAS is a free, confidential service that offers support and educational outreach to all member of the NOVA family, including students, faculty, staff and their immediate family members regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, gender or age. If you or someone you know is dealing with cases of sexual violence, dating violence or stalking, reach out to NOVA SAS via the free, 24-hour cell phone 703.338.0834 or email nova.sas@nvcc.edu.

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