The Clothesline Project at Alexandria Campus April 11 and 12


























On April 11 and 12th, NOVA Sexual Assault Services (SAS) visited the Alexandria Campus for the Clothesline Project. The Clothesline Project raises awareness of the impact of sexual assault and domestic violence. Shirts are created for display to show support for victims of sexual violence. Staff, students and community members were invited to create shirts to show support for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. NOVA SAS hopes to raise awareness on the issue of domestic violence, rape, sexual assault, and dating/partner violence.
For two days, members of the Alexandria NOVA community created several unique and supportive messages on t-shirts. Students have created extraordinary shirts with empowering statements such as “Walk a mile in her shoes”, and “Boys will not be boys, but be held accountable for their actions!” The turnout for the Clothesline project at the Alexandria campus was amazing, over 30 shirts were created.

We are coming to a campus near you very soon. Please consider joining us to create an inspiring shirt to be displayed to help raise awareness on the issues of domestic violence, rape, sexual assault, and dating/partner violence.

April 18th – April 19th Woodbridge Clothesline Project (9am-3pm)
April 25th – April 26th Loudoun Clothesline Project (9am-3pm)
April 27th – Manassas Clothesline Project (9am-3pm)

NOVA SAS is a free, confidential service that offers support to all member of the NOVA family, including students, faculty, staff and their immediate family members. 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 at



Tip of the Week: Unhealthy Relationships

Tip of the Week:
Are you in a Healthy or Unhealthy Relationship? Does your partner:
• Call you names, insults and threatens you?
• Criticizes constantly?
• Damages or destroys your things?
• Checks up on you or makes you check in constantly?
• Doesn’t let you see friends and family or go anywhere/ do anything without him or her?
If yes, you may be in an unhealthy relationship. For more information visit and for assistance contact NOVA Sexual Assault Services (SAS) for free confidential support at 703.338.0834 or email

Denim Day – College-Wide Event: April 26th! Wear Your Jeans!

NOVA CARES and NOVA SAS will be participating in this campaign. Join us!

For the past 18 years, Peace Over Violence has run its Denim Day campaign on a Wednesday in April in honor of Sexual Violence Awareness Month. The campaign was originally triggered by a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped her rapist remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. Peace Over Violence developed the Denim Day campaign in response to this case and the activism surrounding it. Since then, wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault. In this rape prevention education campaign we ask community members, elected officials, businesses and students to make a social statement with their fashion by wearing jeans on this day as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual assault. This year’s Denim Day is April 26, 2017.

Tip of the Week: Dating/Partner Violence

Dating/partner violence is a pattern of behaviors between individuals who are or have been involved in an intimate relationship in which an individual inflicts emotional, financial, psychological, sexual and/or physical harm to his/her partner to assert power and control. To find resources or get more information on dating/partner violence, visit To contact a 24 hour NOVA Sexual Assault Services coordinator for free confidential support, please call 703.338.0834 or email

“Make the Call” Campaign – Tuesday April 4th 8:45AM


24/7 Domestic & Sexual Violence Hotline Saves Lives

Sexual Assault Awareness Month Kickoff Reminds Residents that Help is Available

WHEN: Tuesday, April 4 at 8:45 a.m.

WHAT: Launch

WHO: Speakers for this brief kickoff announcement include Braddock District Supervisor John C. Cook; Fairfax Sheriff Stacey Kincaid; and Fairfax County Police Lieutenant Colonel Erin Schaible. Office for Women and Domestic and Sexual Violence Services Program Manager Yolanda Thompson and Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Program Manager Allison Lowry will also address Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Awareness Month.

WHERE: Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA

BACKGROUND: April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) as well as Child Abuse Prevention Month. In concert with these campaigns, Fairfax County and its Domestic Violence Prevention Allies are launching “Make the Call,” a year-long campaign to encourage victims, bystanders and offenders to utilize the 24-hour Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline at 703-360-7273.

Tip of the Week: Be an Active Bystander

An active bystander speaks up or calls attention to an issue that doesn’t seem right. You are often the first to see any concerning behavior, so if you “See Something, Say Something.” This can prevent various types of sexual misconduct and identify behavioral changes, stress, suicidal actions, or depression. If you have seen something concerning, please file an online report at For more information or assistance contact NOVA Sexual Assault Services at or call 703.338.0834. If someone is in immediate danger call 9-1-1 or NOVA Police at 703.764.5000. To learn more about bystander intervention visit