Awareness Months

October: Relationship Violence Awareness Month (RVAM)

RVAM also, known as Relationship Violence Awareness Month has evolved to go beyond awareness of the statistics. Domestic/relationship violence thrives when we are silent; but if we take a stand and work together, we can end the violence. Bronchos choose to make a difference by assuming responsibility to stand up and speak out when they witness any form of violence. UCO Project SPEAK office is committed to prevention awareness education so that students, staff and faculty are informed to: recognize, identify and intervene in regards to violence.  Bronchos need to know that they have rights and that there are safe and positive options for intervening. Throughout the month of October, UCO Project SPEAK will host several events. Domestic/relationship violence impacts all genders, all races, all sexualities and all ages. Nearly 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men in the United States have suffered severe physical/emotional violence by an intimate partner. Victims are deprived of their autonomy, liberty and security, and face tremendous threats to their health, emotional well-being and safety. During RVAM, here at UCO we reaffirm our dedication to cultivating a campus culture that does not tolerate, justify or perpetuate violence.

January: National Stalking Awareness Month (NSAM)

In January 2004, the National Center for Victims of Crime launched National Stalking Awareness Month (NSAM) to increase the public’s understanding of the crime of stalking. In the U.S., 61% of female victims and 44% of male victims were stalked by a current or former intimate partner and an estimated 15% of women and 6% of men have been a victim of stalking during their lifetimes. This month, UCO Project SPEAK office wants to extend support to all those who have experienced stalking, and we renew our commitment to shine a light on this injustice.

In response to guidance issued by the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault, UCO is conducting a climate survey to assess the scope and nature of unwanted sexual experiences, attitudes about sexual misconduct, reporting, bystander intervention and other related issues at Central.

For further information, contact Project SPEAK at 405-974-2224 or projectspeak@uco.edu

February: Dating Violence Awareness Month (DVAM)

Nearly 43% of dating college women report experiencing violent and abusive dating behaviors. 57% of college students say they are not equipped to deal with dating abuse because it is difficult to identify and 58% say they don’t know how to help someone who’s experiencing it. One in three (36%) dating college students have given a dating partner their computer, email or social network passwords and these students are more likely to experience digital dating abuse. One in six (16%) college women have been sexually abused in a dating relationship. These statistics are staggering and there can be long-lasting negative effects on those that experience dating violence. Here at UCO, we believe this can only be accomplished through meaningful, open conversations about healthy vs. unhealthy relationships. This month, UCO Project SPEAK office wants to educate the UCO community, so that they can become aware of dating violence and being a pro-active bystander.

March: Bringing in the Bystander (BITB) Awareness Month

During the month of March, UCO Project SPEAK will host a series of training called Bringing in the Bystander (BITB), coupled with our national campaign It’s On US. With March being the month that Spring Break takes place, UCO wants students, staff and faculty to especially be aware of how to recognize, identify and intervene in regards to relationship violence, sexual assault, stalking or bullying. There will be 90 minute and 4.5-hour pieces of training available. The 90-minute version gets you exposed to the information on being a pro-active bystander. The 4.5-hour version gets you exposed to the information and you will earn a certification at the end of the training. Participants will need to sign up through OrgSync.

April: Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM)

During the month of April, UCO Project SPEAK will raise public awareness about sexual assault especially on college campuses through events and programs. 1 in 5 women and 1 in 16 men are sexually assaulted while in college, and over 90% of these victims never report the assault. Most victims experience sexual assault between the ages of 18-25 years old. The ultimate goal of SAAPM is to educate the campus community in creating a culture of prevention and effective, trauma-informed response. Everyone has a role to play in creating a safer campus. It’s time for everyone at UCO to take action to prevent sexual violence. Take the pledge and learn more at http://itsonus.org/. Let’s address together as Bronchos what is healthy sexuality and what consent looks like. You can make a difference on our campus!

Honor Denim Day Symposium #HonorDenimDayOK: 3:30 - 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, Broncho Lake

The goal of Honor Denim Day is to promote awareness and be a catalyst for conversation around the societal and cultural contexts that promote, condone and tolerate rape culture. The jeans featured in the symposium will bring awareness to the campus and community as well as help sexual assault survivors see that they are believed.

Honor Denim Day is being recognized at a state level this year through a statewide Honor Denim Day Symposium. House Bill 1001 dedicates April 26, 2017, as Honor denim Day, recognizing the importance of promoting awareness about sexual violence. Representative Tess Teague authored the bill.

Campus partners that wish to be involved in Honor Denim Day may participate by decorating jeans for the symposium. A toolkit will be provided with instructions on how organizations or individuals can decorate their jeans. The jeans will be displayed at UCO's HDD Symposium.

If you or your organization is interested in participating, please contact Alex Russell at arussell22@uco.edu

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