For the month of April, SafeHouse will be having a series of events in order to recognize Sexual Assault Awareness Month. SafeHouse is a center for survivors of sexual assault and dometice violence in the Washtenaw County. Through these events SafeHouse would like to "raise awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent it."
Their events for April (Sexual Assault Awareness Month) are as follows:
“Rape In The Fields” Documentary Showing and Brown Bag Lunch, Thursday, April 3 12pm, SafeHouse Center Education, 4100 Clark Rd.
SafeHouse Center will host a viewing of “Rape In The Fields”, a documentary that investigates the hidden reality of sexual violence that undocumented women face on the job.
“Rape is…” Documentary Showing, Tuesday, April 8 6pm-7:30pm, SafeHouse Center Education Center, 4100 Clark Rd.
SafeHouse Center will host a viewing of “Rape is…”, a documentary that focuses on the cultural conditions that make rape, a human rights violation, the most underreported crime in America. The film will be screened in both English and Spanish, and a discussion will follow. Refreshments will be served.
Denim Day Art Exhibit, Wednesday, April 16 5pm-7pm, SafeHouse Center Education Center, 4100 Clark Rd.
Local organizations will decorate pairs of denim jeans to recognize Denim Day, which protests common and damaging myths about sexual assault. The denim art will be displayed at SafeHouse Center with light refreshments and a speaker at 6pm to talk about the history behind the meaning of Denim Day. Denim Day was inspired in 1998 after an Italian Supreme Court decision overturned a rape conviction because the victim wore jeans, reasoning she must have helped her attacker remove them. People all over the world were outraged, and wearing jeans became an international symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault.
LGBTQ Speak Out, Tuesday, April 22 6:30pm-8:30pm, SafeHouse Center Education Center, 4100 Clark Rd.
Survivors will share their personal stories of surviving sexual violence in a safe, confidential place. Speak Out empowers and honors survivors of sexual assault, sexual harassment, dating and domestic violence, and stalking by providing a safe space that allows survivors to find their voice and share their stories.
Let Awareness Ring: Ringing of the Bells, Saturday, April 26 from 10:30am-12:30pm, Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market
SafeHouse Center will be ringing the bells every two minutes from 11:30am-12pm to represent the prevalence of sexual assault in America. SafeHouse will have an information and resource table available for the community from10:30am-12:30pm.