UPUA will host Sexual Awareness Week, an extension of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, in an effort to promote sexual violence awareness at Penn State during the week of March 28-April 1. There will be several events taking place on campus throughout the week that focus on educating the public and showing support for victims. The events consist of keynote speakers, discussions, film screenings and fundraisers.
Monday March 28:
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes – 12 p.m. at Alumni Hall
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is an annual event that draws attention to the issue of sexual violence. In accordance with the saying, “You can’t really understand another person’s experiences until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes,” men (and women) wear high-heeled shoes and walk through campus. This event helps to generate a discussion about sexual violence, which will be facilitated by Eve Ensler (creator of The Vagina Monologues and V-Day).
Speaker: Eve Ensler – 6:30 p.m. at Alumni Hall
Eve Ensler is the creator of The Vagina Monologues, V-Day, One Billion Rising, and various other movements across the globe. She will speak to students in Alumni Hall about violence against women both in the United States and around the world.
Tuesday March 29:
Vulnerable Art and Trauma Survivorship – 2:30 p.m. at Palmer Museum of Art
Penn State feminist art education researcher Hyunji Kwon presents on trauma and suffering through several trauma artworks created by the subjects of trauma and artists working on others’ trauma, including the paintings of former comfort women; sex slaves of the Japanese military during World War II; exemplary feminist artists Judy Chicago and Donald Woodman’s project with students at the Western Kentucky University, the At Home Project (2001), which depicts domestic and sexual violence happening at one’s own home; Columbian artist Doris Salcedo’s series of artwork (early 1990s-2015) working on trauma caused by political violence; and Korean American artist Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s work on intergenerational and transnational trauma. The traumas depicted in these selected artworks mainly resulted from sexual trauma, but trauma is not limited to this type of trauma. The visual presentation of trauma is woeful and visceral, yet it is nonetheless the reality where trauma subjects live. The vulnerable but visible states of both artists and their trauma suggest a meaning of survivorship that insists upon being neither a complete survivor nor victim.
Tough Guise 2 – 8 p.m. at Freeman Auditorium
A screening of Jackson Katz’s film Tough Guise 2 will take place in Freeman Auditorium at 8PM. Tough Guise 2 discusses the social construction of masculinity and how society conditions men to “act like men.” The film goes into detail about how the concept of masculinity contributes to violence in our culture.
Wednesday March 30:
Stand for State Bystander Intervention Workshop – 2:30 p.m. in 233 HUB
Penn State’s Bystander Intervention Initiative, Stand for State, will be hosting a workshop for SVAW. The workshop will teach participants to be active rather than passive bystanders and to step in when they see a “red dot” occurring.
Sisters on the Runway Fashion Show – 6:30 p.m. at Alumni Hall
Sisters on the Runway will host their annual fashion show benefitting the Centre County Women’s Resource Center. In addition to the fashion show itself, the event will include Penn State dance and a capella groups as well as food and music.
Thursday March 31:
Pursuit of Truth Film Screening (followed by discussion) – 8 p.m. at Waring Commons
The Pursuit of Truth film will be shown which is a documentary that features adult survivors of child sexual abuse seeking justice. The film will be followed by a discussion led by its directors.
Friday April 1:
Gala benefitting the Centre County Women’s Resource Center – 6 p.m. at Hintz Family Alumni Center
The gala will take place at the Hintz Family Alumni Center from 6-8PM. One side of Hintz will have food and guest speakers while the other side will feature a walk through a survivor’s experience with sexual assault.