Sexual Assault Awareness Month - April 2014

Sexual Assault Awareness Month / April 2014

poster design by Hannah Gribetz

Sexual Assault Awareness Month Launch Party
Monday, March 31
Flatbread Co., 161 Cushing Street

Brown Health Education is launching its “How Can I Help Prevent Sexual Assault?” video in celebration of the start of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The launch will feature a screening of the video and complimentary pizza provided by sponsor and host Flatbread Co.  To view the video online, click here.

Sponsored by SAPE, Health Education and Flatbread Co.

Move For Respect! with SAPE
Friday, April 4
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Main Green

Come to Move For Respect!, an event coordinated by Sexual Assault Peer Education on the main green. Empower your body and mind by combining physical activity, strengthening your body and mind, and thinking about consent. All are welcome to participate in Move For Respect! and join us in fun stations such as Lunges for Love, Yoga for "Yes, and Crunches for Consent. Free sweatbands for those who participate!

Sponsored by SAPE and Brown Athletics

Day One 5k Walk/Run to End Sexual Violence
Saturday, April 5
10:00 am
Brown University Stadium Track

Established as the RI Rape Crisis Center in 1973, Day One is the only agency in Rhode Island organized specifically to deal with issues of sexual assault as a community concern. Day One’s mission is to reduce the prevalence of sexual abuse and violence and to support and advocate for those affected by it. The registration fee will support Day One’s important advocacy and support efforts. Register online at:

Sponsored by Day One and other community organizations

Stand Up! March Against Sexual Assault
Saturday, April 5
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Main Green

Join us for Stand Up! March Against Sexual Assault – what may be the largest campus-wide march to date, with your help. We want every person to come out, because sexual assault is not just a women’s issue - it’s everyone's issue. And everyone should, and can, have a say about it. Starting at 12:30, we will be joining members of the student body, faculty, and of the Providence community in a unifying march against sexual assault, ending with an awesome speaker on the Main Green! T-shirts will be sold three weeks prior to the event, the proceeds from which will go to two fantastic sexual assault centers in Providence. Check it out on Facebook at:

Sponsored by CASARA, SHEEC, Campus Life, and others!

Stand Up! Discussions and Debrief
Sunday, April 6
1:00 - 5:00 pm
Wilson 105 and Wilson 205

The organizers from Stand Up! will be holding two workshops in Wilson Hall every hour from 1:00 - 5:00 facilitated by on-campus groups such as the WPCs, SAPE, SHAG, and many others. We will cover topics including, but not limited to, rape culture at Brown, building healthy relationships, drug education, and bystander awareness. We want every voice to be heard in this dialogue, so come to one discussion that sounds interesting to you, or go to them all! More information about each session can be found on the Stand Up! facebook page.

Sponsored by CASARA, SHEEC, SAPE and others

Masculinity Series: Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse
Dr. David Lisak
Monday, April 7
12:00 - 1:00 pm
SDWC Lounge

Dr. David Lisak will be presenting his research on male survivors of sexual abuse and how these experiences tie in to notions of resilience and masculinity. He will show samples of The Bristlecone Project, a narrative photo project that explores the lived experience of men who were sexually abused as children. Lunch will be served.

Sponsored by CASARA, Sarah Doyle Women’s Center, and the Masculinity Series

False Reports of Rape: Research, not Rhetoric
Dr. David Lisak
Monday, April 7
5:30 - 6:30 pm
Macmillan Hall 117

Dr. David Lisak is a researcher and forensic consultant who for 27 years has studied the long term effects of sexual abuse in men, the relationship between child abuse and violence, and the motives and characteristics of rapists. Dr. Lisak will be joining us to discuss his research on false reports of rape. This talk will provide a clear explanation of the complexities of conducting research on false reports, including the complications of how rape cases are classified and how false reports are defined. It will separate out the good, reliable studies from the ones that can’t be interpreted.  Finally, it will provide an answer to the question: “What do the numbers tell us?”

Sponsored by CASARA, Health Education, Sarah Doyle Women’s Center, the Office of Campus Life, Residential Life, and the Office of Institutional Diversity

When the Rainbow Cracks: IPV in LGBTQ Relationships
Aida Manduley, Sojourner House
April 24
12:00 - 1:00 pm
SDWC Lounge

Aida Manduley, the Sexual Health and Relationships Advocate at Sojourner House, will be leading a lunchtime workshop on IPV in LGBTQ relationships, and general tips for healthy lovin’ and happy relationships. All are welcome. Lunch will be provided. This event has a limited capacity, so please RSVP to

Sponsored by the Brown 250th Steering Committee, CASARA, and Women’s History Series

The Masha Dexter Memorial Lecture presents
Gender Equity in Education: The Many Legacies of Title IX
Monday, April 21
5:30-7 PM, Petteruti Lounge

The Office of Civil Rights is currently investigating 41 complaints regarding universities' handling of sexual assault cases. The activism of survivors and other college students over the past couple of years has closely linked Title IX with sexual assault. However, the federal legislation passed in 1972 protects against sex-based discrimination in any educational program or activity receiving federal funds. This event will explore the many ways Title IX has been used to ensure gender equity in education. Panelists Donna Lopiano of Sports Management Resources, Amanda Walsh of the Victim Rights Law Center, and Asaf Orr of the National Center for Lesbian Rights will discuss Title IX protections related to athletics, sexual misconduct, and transgender students, respectively. Join us in learning about the diverse application of this important resource, and be sure to bring questions regarding your own educational experience to the discussion following the talk. All are welcome.

Sponsored by Sarah Doyle Women's Center, Women's History Series, Society of Royce Fellows, Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, Office for Institutional Diversity, LGBTQ Center, CASARA, Taubman Center for Public Policy, Campus Life/President's Discretionary Fund, and American Studies.

Questions?  E-mail  To request special services, accommodations or assistance for these events, please contact the Sarah Doyle Women’s Center at (401) 863-2189 as far in advance of the events as possible.  


Thank you to all of our sponsors: Sponsored by Sarah Doyle Women’s Center, Women’s History Series, Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, Brown Health Ed, Office for Institutional Diversity, LGBTQ Center, CASARA, Taubman Center for Public Policy, and Campus Life/President’s Discretionary Fund.