Sexual Assault Activism Month April 2017                      

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Teal Out the Square • "The Voiceless" Screening • Queering Consent • SCC Clothesline Project • What They Were Wearing • Consent Karaoke • Bandana Project • Anti-Street Harassment Day • Green Light Go • "Feminist Retort" Art ReceptionSelf Care Potluck • Mind/Body Trauma Connections • Standing with Survivors: A Post Card Party • Body Safety Story Hour • Broadway Center Movie Night • SAAM Family Night • Survivor Art Installation • Yoni Ki Baat Vagina Monologues •  Iowa Wesleyan Clothesline Project • "The Mask You Live In" Screening • Storytelling • Rock Against Rape Festival • Voices: Against Violence on Bodies of Color • Queer Relationshiop RemixIowa Wesleyan Self Care Health Fair • Take Back the Night • UIowa Clothesline Project

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April 1, 2017 

Teal Out the Square                                                                                 

Washington Square, West Main Street, Washington, Iowa

This display will debut on April 1st and continue until April 30th. Washington, Iowa comes together to show their support for Sexual Assault Awareness Month by “Tealing out Their Square”. All month long, businesses will have their shop windows painted with different teal quotes, pictures and more to show support. 

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April 2, 2017 

"The Voiceless" Screening & Panel 4:30PM                                                                               

Iowa Memorial Union, 2nd Floor Ballroom, 125 North Madison Street, Iowa City, Iowa

Event Site

Vanessa McNeal, UNI graduate student, public speaker, and film producer will provide opening remarks before premiering her hour long documentary "The Voiceless". The Voiceless features the stories of five men and their experiences with sexual violence. The documentary explores taboos, stereotypes, intersectionality, and the impact sexual violence has on male survivors. Following the documentary, a panel discussion will be facilitated with Vanessa and subjects from the film. The film was co-produced by PLVTO Productions and was funded by the Iowa Board of Regents, UNI provost office, Center for Violence Prevention and Heart and Solutions.  Questions? Email: adam-robinson@uiowa.edu

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April 3, 2017 

Queering Consent 6:30PM - 8:30PM                                                                                

UAY Youth Center, 355 Iowa Avenue, Iowa City, Iowa

We'll be presenting the Queering Consent Workshop to the LGBTQ Youth Group at UAY. This workshop involves large and small group work as well as individual reflection time in an effort to skill build consent. Each participant gets their own zine to work on and take with them. Youth grades 7 through 12 are welcome to attend this free event!

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Southeastern Community College Clothesline Project                                                                     

Southeastern Community College, 335 Messenger Road, Keokuk, Iowa

This display will debut on April 3rd and continue until April 28th. The Clothesline Project is a vehicle for survivors of violence and those who care for them to express their experiences with interpersonal violence. Over the last 20 years, survivors of sexual and domestic violence have decorated t-shirts with messages about the violence they survived and their healing journey. Come bear witness to the effects of violence in our community and view this powerful display of survivor voices.

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What They Were Wearing                                                                                   

Southeastern Community College, 335 Messenger Road, Keokuk, Iowa

This display will debut on April 3rd and continue until April 28th. This survivior art installation is a tangible response to one of our culture's most pervasive myths: that what a person wears causes them to be raped. The outfits on display are inspired by clothing worn by actual surviviors of sexual violence. Come learn about these survivors' stories as we raise awareness about sexual violence in our communities.

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April 4, 2017

Consent Karaoke 7:00PM - 10:00PM                                                                               

Studio 13, 13 South Linn Street, Iowa City, Iowa

Event Site

Come support Iowa City’s Rape Victim Advocacy Program (RVAP) in our annual fundraiser, to kick off SAAM 2017! This karaoke night will be featuring songs that promote healthy consent & relationships! NO COVER!- So donations are kindly encouraged (there will be a donation box near the entry- all proceeds go to RVAP).  There will also be raffle prizes donated by Studio 13 & RVAP- buy a ticket or two for a chance to win! (Another fun way to support your local sexual violence prevention center!!)  Questions? Email: marissa-gordinier@uiowa.edu  See ya there!

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April 5, 2017

Bandana Project 11:00AM                                                                                 

Iowa City Public Library, 123 South Linn Street, Iowa City, Iowa

Join us to write a message on a bandanna to stand up against sexual violence in farm-working women and to receive information on local resources available in Iowa City!

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Anti-Street Harassment Day 12:00PM - 3:00PM                                                                                

T Anne Cleary Walkway, 2-16 East Jefferson Street, Iowa City, Iowa

Event Site

The Women's Resource & Action Center's Lead Empower Advocate Prevent group (LEAP) presents a poster display that highlights the impact of street harassment in the community. Attendees will be able to share and speak out on their own experiences of street harassment.

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April 8, 2017

Green Light Go 11:00AM - 12:00PM                                                                               

Hubbard Park, 100-174 West Iowa Avenue, Iowa City, Iowa

Event Site

Green Light Go is a philanthropic event to raise awareness about sexual assaults on campus and to learn strategies to pick up on signals and avoid any unwanted sexual advances. This event will culminate with a game of Red Light, Green Light. Wristbands are being sold as the "admission" to attend the event but all proceeds will be benefiting RVAP here in Iowa City. Talk to a member of ZBT to purchase a wristband before at $3 or the day of the event for $5.

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"Feminist Retort" Art Reception 2:00PM - 5:00PM                                                                               

White Rabbit, 112 South Linn Street, Iowa City, Iowa

Event Site

Join Bluestockings Feminist Art Collective and RVAP to celebrate the opening of "Feminist Retort" at White Rabbit Gallery in Iowa City. We will be decking the walls with our responses to this dehumanizing political climate. We are even taking over the window with an installation addressing Violence Against Women. Works by 15 local feminist artists will be on display, some for purchase, as well as limited edition feminist swag. Oh, and refreshments!! 

"Feminist Retort" will be on display at White Rabbit from April 3 - May 7. Activist buttons and T-shirts will be on sale at White Rabbit for the whole month of April as a fundraiser for RVAP. A very huge THANK YOU to White Rabbit for opening your doors to us!

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April 10, 2017

Self Care Potluck 5:30PM - 8:00PM                                                                               

Afro American Cultural Center, 303 Melrose Avenue, Iowa City, Iowa

Event Site

Self-care is BY you, FOR you; it could be considered any intentional actions to care for your mental, phyical, emotional and spiritual well-being/health. This potluck style event is B.Y.O.C. --> Bring Your Own [self] Care! That's right- this event is for you to share your own strategies, and maybe learn NEW strategies of how to care for yourself! There will be a few "entrees" that are provided FREE to you- like essential oils, candle-making, zines, body movement and more! Activities will take place at the Afro House AND the LNACC (Latino Native American Cultural Center). Meet at the Afro House to grab a menu- this will tell you where the provided entrees are (Afro House or LNACC). Take a night off, and just DO YOU!

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Mind/Body Trauma Connections 6:30PM - 8:30PM                                                                                 

Washington Public Library, 115 West Washington Street, Washington, Iowa

Latinas for a New Dawn (LUNA) will host a workshop on the neurobiology of trauma presented in both English and Spanish. The Mind, Body and Trauma Connections is open to all community members who want to learn about how trauma can affect a person’s brain. We encourage law enforcement and medical professionals to come, but all are welcome.

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April 11, 2017

Standing with Survivors: A Post Card Party 5:00PM - 7:00PM                                                                                 

Iowa City Brew Lab, 505 East Washington Street, Iowa City, Iowa

Event Site

Sexual assault and domestic violence survivors and the agencies that serve survivors are facing drastic cuts on multiple levels, both federal and state funding sources are at risk. The goal of this event is to defend prevention efforts and direct support to survivors and their loved ones. Join us at the Iowa City Brew Lab to write letters and make calls to our state legislators to demand continued funding at the current levels so programs can continue to provide these crucial services.

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Body Safety Story Hour 10:00AM                                                                                   

Donnellson Library, 500 Park Street, Donnellson, Iowa

RVAP will present youth appropriate body safety books, coloring and crafts. Youth ages 1-5 and their parents are welcome.

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April 13, 2017

Movie Night 6:00PM - 8:00PM                                                                                   

Broadway Neighborhood Center, 2105 Broadway Street, Iowa City, Iowa

More information coming soon.

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SAAM Family Night 5:00PM - 7:00PM                                                                                     

Rape Victim Advocacy Program, 801 Main Street, Suite 1B 2105, Keokuk, Iowa

More information coming soon.

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April 14, 2017

Survivor Art Installation 10:00AM - 4:00PM                                                                                 

Johnson County Public Health, Betty Sass Conference Room, 855 South Dubuque Street, Suite 200, Iowa City, Iowa

The Survivior Art Installation is a tangible response to one of our culture's most pervasive myths: that what a person wears causes them to be raped. The outfits on display are inspired by clothing worn by actual surviviors of sexual violence. Come learn about these survivors' stories as we raise awareness about sexual violence in our communities.

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April 17, 2017

Yoni Ki Baat - Women of Color Vagina Monologues 5:00PM - 7:00PM                                                                                   

Iowa City Public Library, Room A, 123 South Linn Street, Iowa City, Iowa

Event Site

In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Join Monsoon for Yoni Ki Baat: a reading of a South Asian version of the Vagina Monologues! The intent of this event is not necessarily to put on a theatrical production. Rather, we hope to provide a safe space to bring awareness to culturally-specific issues in communities of color in which topics relating to sexual violence, gender, and sexuality and more are often treated with silence. This reading of Yoni Ki Baat monologues will showcase stories from South Asian women facing these types of issues. 

If you are interested in reading a piece from Yoni Ki Baat, please contact tanviyenna@muawi.org.

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April 19, 2017

Iowa Wesleyan Clothesline Project 11:15AM - 1:15PM                                                                        

Iowa Wesleyan University, Wesley's Diner,  601 North Main Street, Mount Pleasant, Iowa

The Clothesline Project is a vehicle for survivors of violence and those who care for them to express their experiences with interpersonal violence. Over the last 20 years, survivors of sexual and domestic violence have decorated t-shirts with messages about the violence they survived and their healing journey. Come bear witness to the effects of violence in our community and view this powerful display of survivor voices.

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April 20, 2017

Screening of "The Mask You Live In"  6:00PM - 9:00PM                                                                             

Illinois Room, Iowa Memorial Union, 125 North Madison Street, Iowa City, Iowa

This film screening will be hosted by RVAP with the support of the University of Iowa's National PanHellenic Council and Multicultural Greek Council. The Mask You Live In is written, produced and directed by filmmaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom, who made her directorial debut with 2011’s Miss Representation, which examined media representations of women. The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity. Pressured by the media, their peer group, and even the adults in their lives, our protagonists confront messages encouraging them to disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic friendships, objectify and degrade women, and resolve conflicts through violence. These gender stereotypes interconnect with race, class, and circumstance, creating a maze of identity issues boys and young men must navigate to become “real” men.Experts in neuroscience, psychology, sociology, sports, education, and media also weigh in, offering empirical evidence of the “boy crisis” and tactics to combat it. The Mask You Live In ultimately illustrates how we, as a society, can raise a healthier generation of boys and young men.

Following the screening, guests are invited to stay for a student panel and Q&A about the issues raised in the film.

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April 22, 2017

Story Telling 4:00PM - 6:00PM                                                                           

Pheasant Ridge Neighborhood Center, 2651 Roberts Road, Iowa City, Iowa

Community members are welcome to come and listen or to share stories of their experience with sexual assault. For questions contact Sumaya Rabee at sumayarabee@nisaa-afs.org.

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Rock Against Rape 6:00PM - 12:00AM                                                                     

Public Space One, 120 North Dubuque Street, Iowa City, Iowa

Event Site

Rock Against Rape Culture is a music festival and benefit for RVAP. It is open to anyone who wants to rock out while supporting survivors of sexual violence and their loved ones. Entrance cost is a $5 donation.

The show will feature the following bands (lineup TBA):
On Drugs
In The Mouth of Radness
Arias
Collidescope
Younger
The Port Authority
The Passes
Groove Peace

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April 24, 2017 

Voices Against Violence on Bodies of Color 5:30PM - 8:00PM                                                                        

North Hall, 20 West Davenport Street, Iowa City, Iowa

Event Site

Join Monsoon and Nisaa for the second installment of Voices Against Violence on Bodies of Color. This event will provide participants a supportive space to share their experiences with intersecting forms of oppression and violence.

If you are an artist and would like your voice to be heard through writing or spoken word, music, or any kind of visual arts, we welcome your submission. You can submit your work at voicesspokenword@gmail.com. Please include your name, a brief bio, and the content you wish to perform. The event will end with an open mic. 
Join us as we honor stories of survival and healing. We hope to see you there!

Questions? Contact fatimajayoma@muawi.org or fatimaelbadri@nisaa-afs.org

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Self Care Health Fair 5:30PM - 8:00PM                                                                          

Iowa Wesleyan University, Wesley's Diner,  601 North Main Street, Mount Pleasant, Iowa

More information coming soon.

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Queer Relationship Remix 6:30PM - 8:30PM                                                                                   

UAY Youth Center, 355 Iowa Avenue, Iowa City, Iowa

We'll be presenting the Queer Relationships Remix Workshop to the LGBTQ Youth Group at UAY. This workshop involves large and small group work as well as education on healthy and unhealthy relationship dynamics. Each participant gets their own zine to work in and take with them. Youth grades 7 through 12 are welcome to attend this free event!

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April 25, 2017

Take Back the Night 6:00PM - 10:00PM                                                                     

Pentacrest, 1 North Clinton Street, Iowa City, Iowa

Event Site

Take Back the Night is a international event that takes place to bring awareness to sexual assault and support survivors of it.

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April 27, 2017  

University of Iowa Clothesline Project 10:00AM - 3:00PM                                                                   

Pentacrest, 1 North Clinton Street, Iowa City, Iowa

The Clothesline Project is a vehicle for survivors of violence and those who care for them to express their experiences with interpersonal violence. Over the last 20 years, survivors of sexual and domestic violence have decorated t-shirts with messages about the violence they survived and their healing journey. Come bear witness to the effects of violence in our community and view this powerful display of survivor voices.

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