Domestic Violence Awareness Month
October is recognized as national Domestic Violence Awareness Month and was conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. At CSUSM, we are observing the month with a variety of events and activities to educate the campus community about unhealthy relationships, celebrate those who have survived an abusive relationship, connect students/faculty/staff to resources, and issue a call to action to empower individuals to be an active bystander or "upstander" by saying or doing something if they see something and be part of the equation to end all sexual violence.
Learn more about the issues by attending one or more of these upcoming events. You can also RSVP for some events here: http://www.csusm.edu/hope/programevents/calendar.html
Oct. 2, 8-10 a.m.: Be Part of the Equation Donut Day (Campus Circle Way)
Informational tabling to inform our campus community to intervene and present interpersonal violence that affects three in five students. The color for Domestic/Dating Violence Awareness is purple, and in this spirit, we will have purple-frosted donuts! Join us and be part of the equation to stop domestic violence.
Oct. 9, 11 a.m.-2 pm: #putthenailinit Be Part of the Equation to End Domestic Violence (USU Arcade)
Stop by and pledge to help us end dating and domestic violence by promising to respect one another. Be an Cougar Upstander. #putthenailinit by painting your nail purple, donate and learn of on- and off-campus resources.
Oct. 10, 3-4:30 p.m.: Healthy Relationships 101
What does a healthy relationship look like? Am I in one? Join us for a discussion about aspects of healthy and unhealthy relationship and dating violence with counselors from SHCS.
Oct. 10, 6-8:30 pm: Breaking the Silence Speak-out & Vigil (Forum Plaza)
Be part of the equation to end the silence around intimate partner violence -- speak UP and speak OUT! Join us for survivor testimonies, poetry and creating a space for social change. We will conclude the evening with a candlelight vigil in honor of those harmed and/or murdered due to dating and domestic violence.
Oct. 16, 11 a.m. -1 p.m.: A Walk in their Shoes (Forum Plaza)
An interactive event where participants will be engaging with different tables to learn more about intimate partner violence (including stalking, harassment, sexual assault) and resources for support on and off campus.
Oct. 23, 6-8 p.m.: Be Part of the Equation Panel (USU Ballroom A/C)
Join us to hear about CSUSM professionals who are working in social justice to end oppression. Learn about the paths that led them to be paid to work toward ending gender-based violence. Find out volunteer opportunities in the community at the resource fair before the speaker panel.
Oct. 24, 3-4:30 p.m.: One Love Escalation Workshop on Healthy Dating and Bystander Intervention (location TBD)
The Escalation Workshop is a film-based discussion that opens people’s eyes to the warning signs of relationship abuse. The workshop consists of a film, "Escalation," followed by discussion of the early warning signs of relationship abuse and what others can do if they witness or experience these signs.
Oct. 25, all day: #PurplewithaPurpose (anywhere)
Wear purple on Thursday to show that you support survivors of dating/domestic violence. There will also be an opportunity for pledge signing and a photo booth from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the USU Arcade. Stop by and show your support!
Oct. 25, 11 a.m. -1 p.m.: It’s on US! (Forum Plaza)
Join CSUSM to take the pledge to recognize that non-consensual sex is sexual assault, to intervene when possible and create an environment in which sexual violence is unacceptable and survivors are supported.