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Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month Events

Sexual violence is perpetrated by the social context that surrounds it including our social norms that condones violence and how those in our communities with the least amount of power often experience the greatest amounts of violence.


Like the Back of My Hand: 3D Print Art Installation

Pictured are hands with text reading ages and perpetrator relations on the crease lines.

Viewing Dates: Monday, April 12 - Friday, May 7
Location: 4th floor of the Alkek Library

Listening and supporting students who have experienced sexual violence is the responsibility of our campus community. Students Against Violence (SAV) wants to help break the silence that contributes to the occurrence of sexual violence by creating a space for survivors. We invited survivors across our campus community to share the age they experienced violence and their relationship with the perpetrator to help bring awareness to the epidemic of sexual violence. This information along with messages survivors want to share is displayed on 3D model hands on the 4th floor of Alkek Library throughout the month of April. All submissions will remain anonymous.

Our goal with asking the age and relationship with those who caused harm is to ignite a more honest and nuanced conversation about the realities of sexual violence.


TXST Stands with Survivors

Illustration of one red flag and a white flag, with other blank flags in the back.

Dates: Throughout April
Location: Bobcat Trail near the Fountain

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) reports that nationwide 26.4% of females and 6.8% of males experience rape or sexual assault. 4,920 red flags represent the number of students who, statistically, will be harmed by sexual violence during the school year. White flags will be placed beside the red flags to represent the impact of the bystander intervention strategy to prevent sexual violence on campus.


Red Flags and Rom Coms Virtual Trivia + Online Resources Scavenger Hunt

Illustration of one red flag with a sad face being hugged by a white flag, or bystander, with a happy face.

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Discover the resources Texas State has available through our virtual scavenger hunt. After, join us live for a virtual trivia night centered around “red flags” commonly found in media and pop culture. Participants will be entered to win varying prizes.


Consent and Boundaries Workshop + Q & A Panel

Illustration of a pink question mark.

Date: Tuesday, April 27, 6-7 p.m.
Location: Virtual Event (Sign Up Form)

A virtual workshop centered around consent, followed by a Q & A session featuring the Office of Equal Opportunity & Title IX, Students Against Violence, Counseling Services, and the Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center. Have a question for the panel? Submit your question(s) in our Q & A form.

Panelists:
Alexandria Hatcher, J.D., Director/Title IX Coordinator, DE&I
Kiara Nicholson, Primary Prevention Coordinator, HCWC
Arielle Raveney, President, Students Against Violence
Christian Ammons, Doctoral Intern, Counseling Center


Denim Day - Art Installation

Pictured is art work of painted jeans hanging on a clothes line.

Date: Wednesday, April 28th
Location: LBJ Hub

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to wear denim this day to combat misconceptions surrounding sexual violence. Pairs of jeans with messages from survivors will be displayed on campus as a reminder that we all play a role in preventing sexual violence from occurring.

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  • Denim Day 2021: Wednesday, April 28

    The campaign began after a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a sexual assault conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the survivor was wearing tight jeans, she must have helped the person who sexually assaulted her remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the survivor. Since then, wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual harassment, abuse, assault and rape.


Take Back The Night: Global Virtual Rally

Illustration of a hand reaching into the sky and grabbing a crescent moon with stars in the background.

Date: Thursday, April 29, 7-8 p.m.
Location: Virtual Event

Join thousands for a Global Virtual Take Back the Night event. Survivor stories, poetry, authors, activists, and special guests from all around the world come together to demonstrate commitment and support for survivors of sexual violence.

  • Take Back the Night Foundation is the earliest worldwide effort to combat sexual violence and violence against women. In the 70’s, the issue of violence against women became a topic of public conversation when a number of incidents garnered media attention. In 1972, a group of women at the University of Southern Florida marched through campus demanding resources and safety for women. Then, in 1973, San Francisco citizens protested violent “snuff” pornography films. In October 1975, Philadelphia’s citizens held a public march after the murder of microbiologist Susan Alexander Speeth, who was stabbed to death on the sidewalk near her home after work. In 1976, a tribunal council of women from dozens of countries met in Belgium to discuss unsafe conditions for women.

If you require accommodations due to a disability in order to participate, please contact Kelsey Banton at k_b260@txstate.edu at least 72 hours in advance of the event.


Violating another person is the choice of the perpetrator and is never the fault of the person who experienced the assault. Regardless of if a person experiences a sexual assault by a stranger or by someone they know, an assault may impact a survivor’s daily life no matter when it happened. For more resources on campus and in the San Marcos community for those who have experienced sexual violence, visit our resource page.