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Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month! Students Against Violence is dedicated to supporting survivors on our campus and we are excited to come together across Texas State to raise awareness about the issue and support those who have experienced violence.

Below are the events SAV is hosting during the month of April. All programming hosted by SAV allows students who have experienced sexual violence to talk about those experiences without initiating a Title IX report. We hope you will join us as we challenge rape culture and support those who have experienced sexual violence by Listening. Believing. Supporting.


 

“TXST Stands with Survivors” (Throughout April):

RAINN reports that among undergraduate students, 26.4% of females and 6.8% of males experience rape or sexual assault through physical force, violence, or incapacitation. “TXST Stands with Survivors” will feature red flags displayed on campus representing the number of students who, statistically, based on a university our size, will be harmed by sexual violence during the school year. Additionally, white flags will be placed beside the red flags to represent the impact of bystanders intervening to address and prevent sexual violence on campus.

“Like the Back of My Hand” (Throughout April, Alkek 3rd floor):

This art display showcases 3D printed hands featuring confidential submissions from TXST students of their experiences around sexual violence. Students Against Violence and Alkek Library seeks to help break the silence that contributes to rape culture by creating a space for survivors to share their stories.

Denim Day Display (April 5th-12th, LBJSC Hub):

Jeans with messages from survivors will be on display to encourage conversations around sexual violence and how we can support those who have experienced violence. Students, faculty, and staff can wear denim on April 27th to help challenge misconceptions surrounding sexual violence and stand with survivors.

SAAPM Tabling (April 5th @ 11:00- 3:30 PM, The Quad):

Representatives from across campus will be tabling on the quad to discuss Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention month and promote the planned events.

Consent Pizza Party + Rom Coms and Red Flags Trivia (April 12 @ 11:30-1:30 PM, George’s in LBJSC):

Join Students Against Violence for pizza and a discussion around what comprehensive consent should look like! Come grab a slice of pizza and play Kahoot while we break down the “red flags” commonly found in media and pop culture.

Take Back the Night Rally (April 18 @ 5:30- 7:30 PM, LBJSC Plaza):

Students Against Violence is hosting a Take Back the Night spoken word event. This event welcomes students of every gender identity. We will raise our voice to help end sexual violence and support survivors. Please join us as Slam Poet, Addy Lugo, hosts this event and shares her original work while we come together to demonstrate our commitment and support for survivors of sexual violence.

Reshaping Trauma Through Art (Throughout April, The Price Center):

The visual artist, Jennifer Epperson, is a Member of the Speakers Bureau RAINN (Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network). The exhibit will be featured throughout April 2022 and is open to the public. More information about the event can be found on the CE events page, here.


Schools assume a certain responsibility to keep their students safe. While the policies aimed at doing so do not always result in safer environments for students, it’s important to know what resources are available.

If you are currently experiencing or have experienced violence and are ready to talk about it, identify the person you feel most comfortable sharing with, and remember you are the expert of your experience. Confidential resources and community resources are where students can disclose their experiences of violence and it will not trigger a Title IX report.

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.


Resources:

  • Campus Confidential Resources:
    • Counseling Center
      • Provides individual and group counselling services free of charge to currently enrolled students. To make an appointment contact 512.245.2208 or visit their webpage.  
    • Student Health Center
      • Provides confidential medical care and referrals to hospitals for a forensic sexual assault exam (Rape Kit). To make an appointment contact 512.245.2161. Our pharmacy offers over-the-counter emergency contraception for $25, which can be taken up to three days after unprotected sex to avoid pregnancy
    • Attorney for Students
      • Provides free help to guide Texas State students in legal matters. From the moment a student contacts the Office of the Attorney for Students, both the Attorney, office staff, and prospective client enter into a relationship that is ruled by certain expectations. The client can be assured that all of their information is protected by Attorney/Client privilege. This begins the moment the initial contact is made and continues throughout the entire process. To make an appointment contact 512.245.2307.
  • Campus Reporting Options:
    • The Office of Equal Opportunity & Title IX
      • Provides resources to students, faculty and staff to address concerns regarding discrimination on the basis of sex, which includes sexual misconduct.
      • Students can file a report for someone else, anonymously, or using a pseudonym. If you need to make a report, contact 512.245.2539 or visit their webpage and click the "Report an Incident" button.
    • University Police Department- UPD webpage// 512.245.2860
    • San Marcos Police Department- SMPD webpage// 512.753.2108
  • Community Resources:
    • HCWC (Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center)
      • Serves youth and adults who have experienced or believe to be victims of, dating violence, sexual violence, sexual assault and child abuse in Caldwell and Hays County in central Texas. HCWC offers free counseling services to survivors, acquaintances, friends, family, partners of survivors, and anyone else who has been adversely affected by sexual violence. HCWC offers counseling services in both English and Spanish. For questions or to make an appointment call 512.396.3404 or visit their webpage.

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.