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Events & News

The Title IX: Prevention Center, along with UofM students and community partners, host many events throughout the year. In the Fall semester, the regular events include Walk a Mile in Her Shoes and Take Back the Night. In the Spring semester, the Title IX: Prevention Center coordinates the campus-wide Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) in April.  

Spring 2022

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  All events are detailed below the calendar and they are also up in Tiger Zone.

April Calendar

Delta Week: I Am a Survivor

Monday April 4 | 6pm-8pm
University Center - Memphis Room

This event, hosted by Delta Sigma Theta, will consist of a presentation on Domestic/Dating Violence and a Q&A with a panel afterwards.

Healthy Relationships Fair

Tuesday April 5 | 11am-2pm
Location: Student Plaza

The Healthy Relationships Fair is an event open to all students to learn about different characteristics of healthy relationships.  Topics include consent, managing conflict, bystander intervention, dating violence/sexual assault prevention, safe sex, and more.  This event will host campus and community partners who will engage UofM students in interactive activities.  Partners include the Crime Victim & Rape Crisis Center, UofM Student Health & Counseling Services, Casa Luz, and many more. Prizes will be available based on participation!

Stomp Out Stigma

Monday April 11 | 4pm-6pm
Tuesday April 12 | 1pm-3pm
University Center Ballroom

The Student Wellness Advisory Board has teamed up with many university and community partners to have a two day forum and awareness to stomp the stigma on mental health. Join for free resources, giveaways, self care activities, and more!

No Stress Success: Dare to Self Care

Wednesday April 13 | 4pm-5pm
University Center Iris Room

As the semester wraps up, take some time for yourself to address your self-care and wellbeing! This is just in time for finals week.

Support Our Survivors

Thursday April 14 | 12pm-2:30pm
University Center Atrium

Come by our table to learn more about Sexual Assault Awareness Month and how to support survivors of interpersonal violence.  

One Love Workshop - Because I Love You

Monday April 18 | 6pm-7pm
Location: Zoom - Click here to access meeting room

One Love educates young people about unhealthy and healthy relationships, empowering them to identify and avoid abuse and to practice healthy love. Oftentimes, abuse can begin as subtle manipulation that’s difficult to detect. In an unhealthy relationship, “because I love you” is an example of a phrase that can take on a different meaning. Students will learn and discuss how some partners use statements of their love or affection as a means to control their partner, controlling aspects of their lives like who they can talk to or befriend because they “love” them.

The Hunting Ground Screening & Discussion

Tuesday April 19 | 4pm-6pm
University Center - Poplar Room

Join us in watching "The Hunting Ground", followed by an informal discussion.  Please note that the subject matter of this movie may be distressing to some viewers.  Resources will be available for students. 

About the Movie:
"The Hunting Ground" is a 2015 American documentary film about the incidence of sexual assault on college campuses in the United States and the reported failure of college administrations to deal with it adequately.  Weaving together verite footage and first—person testimonials, the film follows survivors as they pursue their education and legal justice, despite harsh retaliation, harassment, and pushback.  

Title IX: Let 'em Play Documentary & Discussion

Wednesday April 20 | 7pm-8pm
Location: Zoom - Click here to access meeting room

Join us virtually as we watch the 30 minute documentary "Title IX: Let 'em Play", followed by a brief discussion on challenges we still face.

About the Film:
Aired in 2014. On June 23, 1972, President Nixon signed an educational amendment to prevent sex discrimination in educational institutions. Although sports were not specifically mentioned, the amendment would permanently alter the course of women’s athletics. It became known as Title IX.  The Big Ten Network and the University of Illinois take a look back at the early years of women’s collegiate athletics in this documentary. Dr. Karol Kahrs, Illinois’s first women’s athletic director, tells the story of the tumultuous first years after the amendment was signed. Illinois Soccer Coach Janet Rayfield remembers the great impact Title IX had on her life. Rayfield was on the first women’s soccer team at the University of North Carolina and won two national championships. Illinois Women’s Volleyball coach Kevin Hambly discusses how the law created a new world for his athletes.

Lunch & Learn - A History of Sexual Assault Laws and Policies

Thursday April 21 | 12:30pm-2pm
Location: Virtual Webinar. Registration is required.
Register Here.

The Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic & Sexual Violence hosts a monthly Lunch & Learn. Thanks to Tarana Burke and the #MeToo movement, people are talking about sexual assault and its consequences and implications more than ever.  This presentation will focus on the ongoing history of sexual assault.  Topics discussed will include notable figures, definitions, laws, policies, protests, and movements surrounding interpersonal violence. This will hopefully allow us to reflect on a few questions: 

How far have we actually come?  
What needs aren’t being addressed?  
Whose voices do we need to uplift? 
What more can we do?  

Self Care for Survivors

Monday April 25 | 12:30pm-2:30pm
Alumni Mall

We will have a table set up with some free self care items.  You can also learn about the importance of self care, especially if you have gone through trauma of some sort.

Denim Day

Wednesday April 27 | 10am-1pm
Alumni Mall

Come by our table outside the UC to learn the actual facts surrounding rape myths and how we can support survivors.

From DenimDayInfo.org:
Denim Day is a campaign on a Wednesday in April in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The campaign began after a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped the person who raped her remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. Peace Over Violence developed the Denim Day campaign in response to this case and the activism surrounding it. Since then, what started as a local campaign to bring awareness to victim blaming and destructive myths that surround sexual violence has grown into a movement. As the longest running sexual violence prevention and education campaign in history, Denim Day asks community members, elected officials, businesses and students to make a social statement with their fashion statement by wearing jeans on this day as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual violence.

 

Recent Events 

Take Back the Night

Take Back the Night took place on Tuesday March 1st at 5:30pm at Alumni Mall.  It included a story of survival from our keynote speaker, Phillis Lewis, survivors speaking out their truth, a candlelight vigil, and a walk around campus to bring awareness to sexual violence on campus.  We hope that this program brought empowerment to survivors and allies.

Behind the Post

On October 14th, SAPAC and the Title IX Prevention Center hosted OneLove's Behind the Post, a discussion surrounding a video highlighting the relationship that looks great through the lens of social media.  But not everything is what it seems.  This workshop was held virtually and we hope to do it again in-person soon!

Walk-a-Mile in Her Shoes
On September 28th, 2021 the Office for Institutional Equity Prevention Center, Memphis Area Women’s Council, NoMore Memphis, and SAPAC hosted Walk-A-Mile in Her Shoes: The Men's March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault, and Gender Violence.  This was an event that demonstrates male allyship for survivors of domestic/dating violence and sexual assault.  Attendees met at Ramesses II Statue to listen to campus partners speak about the importance of supporting survivors and then walked or stumbled, especially if they chose to wear heels, down Central Ave, Highland, and then Desoto before arriving back on campus. 

News

Prevention Efforts in the News 

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  • 9th Annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes at the University of Memphis | October 2019 | Local ABC 24 > 
  • The UofM Title IX office hosts Healthy Relationships Fair | April 2019 | Daily Helmsman > 
  • Men and Sexual Violence: Campus Organization Opens An Avenue for Change | April 2019 | Daily Helmsman >
  • "I ASK" for Your Consent: All Genders and Sexual Orientations Experience Sexual Assault | April 2019 | Daily Helmsman >
  • Campus Group Uses Instagram Contest to Educate Students About Sexual Consent | April 2019 | Daily Helmsman > 
  • Student Organizations to Host Events and Bring Sexual Assault Awareness | April 2019 | Daily Helmsman >
  • UofM Aims to Stop Sexual Assault Before It Happens | November/ December 2018 | Focus Mid-South Magazine >
  • Take Back the Night: Students Share Sexual Assault Stories | November 2018 | Daily Helmsman > 
  • UofM Group Educates Students about Consent | October 2018 | Daily Helmsman > 
  • UofM Creates Mandatory Sexual Assault Prevention Course | August 2018 | Daily Helmsman >