Irvine Valley College (IVC) will host a week of events for Sexual Assault Awareness Month, which is recognized nationally in the month of April. From April 22-26, daily events will be held on campus, including a resource fair, poetry reading, workshops and movie screenings.
Sexual Assault Prevention Month was first established by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center 2001, and was formalized as official national month of observation in by President Obama in 2009. The purpose of the campaign is to highlight sexual violence as a public health, human rights and social justice issue and reinforce the need for prevention efforts.
The theme for the national campaign this year is “I Ask,” to emphasize the importance of asking for consent as a part of healthy, everyday interactions. Learn more about the I Ask Campaign »
“It’s more important than ever to educate college campuses on consent in all relationships,” said Vice President for Student Services Dr. Linda Fontanilla. “Sexual violence impacts so many. This week of events will not only educate our community on preventing sexual assault, but also honor the experiences of survivors.”
As a part of IVC’s observation of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, t-shirts with the “I Ask” slogan will be distributed at events throughout the week, as well as other giveaways and food. View a full calendar of events »
IVC’s Denim Day awareness event will take place on Wednesday, April 24 where members of the campus community are asked to wear denim as a statement against misconceptions around sexual assault. The event was originally created in response to an Italian Supreme Court case in which a rape conviction was overruled because the victim’s tight jeans implied consent.
On April 22, the South Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees and district officials will wear denim during a regularly scheduled board meeting to recognize Denim Day. Learn more about Denim Day »