SAVIP hosting upcoming events

Monday April 14: Sexual Assault Awareness Month Clothesline Project
10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Greene Street
Contact: Michelle Eichelberger (EICHELML@mailbox.sc.edu)
Music, giveaways, popcorn, hand-out educational materials, promoting positive messages and consent

April 16: True Strength Allies showcase
10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Greene Street (Rain Date: April 17)
Contact: C Ingram (CINGRAM@mailbox.sc.edu)
Music, giveaways, popcorn, hand out educational materials, promoting positive messages and consent

After several women inquired about joining and/or assisting with True Strength, an initiative designed to engage men in their role in helping to end interpersonal violence, SAVIP created True Strength Allies. The goal is to reach males as well as educate the USC community on understanding and supporting the following: sexual assault by South Carolina state law as well as University of South Carolina policy, the perimeters of consent, the impact of sexual assault on college campuses, the effects of alcohol, victim impact, protocol(s) when a sexual assault occurs, statistics and myths of sexual assault, resources for victims of sexual assault, how to provide assistance for victims of sexual assault, recognizing a sexual assault and reacting appropriately, and being accountable as well as holding others accountable for their actions. Allies support the importance of consent and accountability; THIS GROUP IS OPEN TO EVRYONE.

USC National Denim Day
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
On Greene Street (the event) from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. (all day for staff participating)
Contact: C Ingram (CINGRAM@mailbox.sc.edu)
Music, giveaways, popcorn, hand out educational materials, promoting positive messages & consent

Why: In Italy in the 1990s, an 18-year-old girl was picked up by her married 45-year-old driving instructor for her very first lesson. He took her to an isolated road, pulled her out of the car, wrestled her out of one leg of her jeans and forcefully raped her. He then made her drive the car home after threatening to kill her if she told anyone. Later that night she told her parents and they helped and supported her to press charges. The perpetrator prosecuted and was convicted of rape and sentenced to jail.

He appealed the sentence and the case goes to the Italian Supreme Court. Within a matter of days the case against the driving instructor is overturned, dismissed, and the perpetrator is released. In a statement by the Chief Judge, he argued, “because the victim wore very, very tight jeans, she had to help him remove them, and by removing the jeans it was no longer rape but consensual sex.”

Enraged by the verdict, within a matter of hours the women in the Italian Parliament launched into immediate action and protested by wearing jeans to work. This call to action motivated and inspired the California Senate and Assembly to do the same.

Please wear jeans on this day to raise awareness and educate the public about rape and sexual assault.

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