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Annual Events

Programs and events sponsored by Project Safe are planned to increase awareness of related issues. Additionally, programs celebrate and support survivors of violence, sharing stories and experiences which have strengthened and informed them. The entire campus participates in these activities - women, men, students, staff, faculty, police, administrators - anyone who wishes to be involved. You will notice that many of the same components are present at various Project Safe events although they are different in focus as they relate to the issue addressed. Watch for dates and feel free to participate any way you can. Make a note to check calendar regularly as these times approach!

January Stalking Awareness Month

January is Stalking Awareness Month and puts the spotlight on this crime, providing information about the nature of stalking, and resources for dealing with it, which is particularly important and appropriate.

April Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month which brings attention to issues surrounding sexual assault and increases the understanding of ways to protect oneself and to support survivors whatever form of assault they have experienced, from rape by a stranger to rape by an acquaintance, and including inappropriate touching. Defining "consent" and "coercion" is often a discussion topic in workshops. Denim Day and a community-wide Speak Out event on campus are unique to April's activities.

October Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and presents informative programming to raise awareness of the impact of relationship violence on all our lives. It also celebrates survivors of such violence by hearing their stories of struggle and hope; and joins with the entire Long Beach community in providing dialogue opportunities, resources and potential solutions. Programs include workshops devoted to relationship concerns, communication, and keynote speakers on specific topics.

In addition to these events, there are several related projects which often are connected to them, including:

  • Denim Day began in 1999 as part of an international protest of an Italian Supreme Court decision overturning a rape conviction because his 18-year-old victim was wearing jeans. The Court stated: "It is common knowledge ... that jeans cannot even be partly removed without the effective help of the person wearing them ... and is impossible if the victim is struggling with all her might." Wear your jeans on this day as a visible means of protest against myths that surround sexual assault!
  • Silent Witnesses is a series of silhouettes with nameplates identifying them as victims of domestic violence from the Long Beach area. The silhouettes include children, seniors, women and a man - a dramatic reminder that domestic violence exists in our own community.
  • The Clothesline Project began in 1990 in Massachusetts as a grassroots movement to air the "dirty laundry" of violence against women. The shirts on the Clothesline reflect journeys of survivors and/or their loved ones representing their personal experiences of violence. For information about the CSULB Clothesline Project Club contact Project Safe at (562) 985-8575.
  • Speak Out is an opportunity for women, men and teens who have survived sexual violence to speak out at our open mic. This is a rare opportunity for many survivors to share in a supportive environment - and for the community to learn about the impact of sexual violence.
  • Take Back the Night is a celebration of being strong and able to care for oneself - and refusing to allow others to take away that privilege. It usually manifests as a candlelight walk and/or vigil declaring the campus off limits to sexual violence and declaring it a safe walking zone.
  • Self-Defense Workshops teach you ways to assert yourself verbally and physically to thwart assaults by anyone, in both intimate partner relationships and stranger incidents. They provide you with information and skills that support you in assessing your options and making decisions about what to do in your immediate situation.

Events

 

  • DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH  

    Tuesday, October 11
    BREAK THE SILENCE LONG BEACH! Domestic Violence Awareness Month Proclamation The Long Beach City Council proclaims this month be a month of heightened awareness of family violence issues with the community working together to find solutions and offer support.  Project Safe is one of the partners in this endeavor.
    5-5:30pm at City Council Chamber

    Wednesday, October 12
    BREAK THE SILENCE LONG BEACH Wear purple, wear your ribbon or button that says you are a partner in working to end domestic violence in Long Beach – and surrounding communities.
    All day, everywhere – especially in Long Beach

    Friday, October 21
    CANDLELIGHT VIGIL IN DOWNTOWN LONG BEACH
    Walk in honor of domestic violence survivors and in the remembrance of those who have died at the hands of someone they knew.  Sponsored by WomenShelter of Long Beach (562.437.7233) and supported by advocate agencies in the Long Beach Community, including CSULB’s Project Safe.
    7PM at the Promenade.