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Events for Women's Week awareness raising:


Organize a V-Day Event

You can bring it there, by organizing a V-Day event!

Every year V-Day events take place at hundreds of locations around the world. They take place in churches, town halls, theaters and arenas. These events are organized by local college students and local volunteers -- people just like you.


Presentation resources from RAINN for RAINN Day

"In addition to RAINN's many resources, we encourage you to talk to fellow students and other RAINN Day organizers from around the country. Check out our new college listserv. It's a great way to share your own ideas and ask questions."


Clothesline Project

" The Clothesline Project (CLP) is a program started on Cape Cod, MA, in 1990 to address the issue of violence against women. It is a vehicle for women affected by violence to express their emotions by decorating a shirt. They then hang the shirt on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to the problem of violence against women."
"The Clothesline Project is a visual display of shirts with graphic messages and illustrations that have been designed by women survivors of violence or by someone who loves a woman who has been killed. The purpose of the Project is to increase awareness of the impact of violence against women, to celebrate a woman's strength to survive and to provide another avenue for her to courageously break the silence that often surrounds her experience."


Take Back the Night

"Take Back the Night continues the effort to end violence against women. Musical performances set the tone for two speakers who bring their own personal insights about various forms of violence. A speak-out follows which provides a supportive environment for those survivors and secondary-survivors that choose to share their experiences. After the speak-out, the participants carry candles and march through campus breaking the silence and making their voices heard. This is an experience that you will never forget! "


Get Carded

In 2004, more than 5,000 Get Carded volunteers distributed more than 1 million pieces of information to students on more than 750 campuses in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.


Social Norms Campaign

Engaging Men in the Prevention of Sexual Assault
RAINN is proud to present the first national social norms media campaign focusing on the role that that men play in preventing sexual assault.



Take Back The Night is an internationally recognized event with rich history, occurring worldwide since the 1970's. It is believed that the first event took place in England in 1970. During the first demonstration, the term "reclaim the night" was coined.


During women's week this was displayed in the quad with four or five cans of acrylic paint and a sponge brush. Participants inked their hands with the brush and put their hand prints on the board. (This is a sandwich board made of plywood. )

Other ideas: You can ask local activists to give a talk, ask local artists to present their works, ask domestic violence, stalking or crisis advocates to do a workshop, ask local police to give a self defense workshop for students.


White ribbon campaign

Men against rape


Teal ribbons

Teal ribbons are the rape survivor awareness ribbons. You can hand out teal ribbons looped over safety pins.


About awareness raising:

Events Raise Awareness About Sexual Assault

Experience. Empowerment. Involvement. Prevention. These are just some of the themes that Sexual Assault Awareness Week covered on campus May 16-21.


Women's Week at UNC Chapel Hill

The Clothesline Project, These Hands Project and other visual presentations will raise awareness about violence against women.

Silent protest raises awareness of sexual assault

More than 50 men and women gathered outside DeBartolo Hall Thursday afternoon in a silent protest to raise awareness of sexual assault at Notre Dame.
The protest, titled "Project Black: Confronting the Silence," is part of V-day, an international movement aimed at ending violence towards women and children. The movement spans the globe, with many colleges both in the United States and abroad taking part, protest organizer Kaitlyn Redfield said.

Sexual Assault Awareness Week

Clothesline Project DisplayT-Shirt - T-shirts honoring and in remembrance of victims and survivors of sexual violence made by members of the Dartmouth community will be on display.

Take Back the Night March - Take Back the Night is an international rally and march that is organized in local communities with the purpose of unifying women, men, and children in an awareness of violence against women, children and families. The event is a collaboration of community and campus and other interested persons who are ready to take a stand against violence and make the night safe for everyone.

Resources to research this subject:

Journals and articles

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Finding books at the library

Online Libraries on sexual assault

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

Search terms: rape crisis

Related links: Victim blame


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Smith, M. D. (2004). Encyclopedia of Rape. USA: Greenwood Press.

Sedney, M., "rape (crime)." Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia. Scholastic Library Publishing, 2006 <> (February 1, 2006).



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