October is Relationship Violence Awareness Month at CSU. Throughout the month the Women and Gender Advocacy Center will be hosting several events relating to the topics of relationship violence, supporting survivors and healthy relationships.
“By the time we are adults, most of us on campus have spent thousands of hours in classrooms learning about subjects such as math and science and writing comprehension, but very few of us have ever been taught how to define for ourselves what constitutes a healthy or unhealthy relationship,” said Monica Rivera, director for the Women and Gender Advocacy Center. “Even fewer of us have been taught how to support a loved one who is in an abusive relationship.”
The campus community is invited to attend all of the events below.
Let’s Talk About Porn: An Open Men in the Movement Event
Tuesday, Oct. 10
5 – 7 p.m.
Corbett Hall Lounge
Pornography has become a huge cultural force and we want to talk about it. Don’t worry, we won’t be watching or making porn. And attending doesn’t make you a freak. It means you’re interested in addressing a powerful cultural phenomenon.
Red Flags in Relationships
Wednesday, Oct. 11
7 – 8 p.m.
What are the red flags or warning signs for unhealthy behaviors in relationships? Learn how to spot them and what to do about them. Hosted by Red Whistle Brigade.
Secondary Survivor Workshop
Thursday, Oct. 12
5 – 8 p.m.
Student Services 133
This workshop is available for partners, family and friends of gender-based violence survivors. In this workshop we’ll be covering topics from how trauma affects the brain to how you can best support your loved one to how vicarious trauma can impact support systems. This is a three-hour workshop that is offered a few times a semester. To register for this event please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Dinner will be provided.
Faces of Relationship Violence
Thursday, Oct. 17
6 – 8 p.m.
This two-part event is to bring awareness to relationship violence and how it particularly impacts women of color. It will start with a Relationship Violence 101 presentation. Then, there will be a panel of survivors sharing their personal stories. Hosted by Delta Xi Nu Multicultural Sorority. Co-sponsored by WGAC.
They Don’t Hit You But…
Wednesday, Oct. 18
7 – 8 p.m.
There are others types of abuse besides physical. In this presentation we will talk about types of abuse you can’t always see. Hosted by Red Whistle Brigade.
Wednesday, Oct. 25
7 – 8 p.m.
Learn about what is needed in a healthy relationship and how to establish what you deserve in a relationship. Hosted by Red Whistle Brigade.
Visit the center’s website for more details about the events and possible accessibility accommodations.