Upcoming Events

Upcoming V.A.S. Events

Download the full Sexual Assault Awareness Month Calendar.

Aruna 5k Run/Walk

Date: April 5, 2014
Time: Registration: 9:00am; Race Start: 10:00am
Location: Northern View Apartment Community Center, 1 Northern View Circle, DeKalb
(off of Lincoln Highway/behind Convocation Center)
Host: Cru

The Aruna 5K is a run/walk to raise awareness and funds to help set women free from the brothels of South Asia. The money goes toward bringing and sustaining their freedom. Karen McConnaughey, Illinois Senator for the 33rd district, will be the featured guest speaker. Participants can register at www.aruna5k.com for this free event.

Silent Statistics

Date: April 7, 2014
Times: 10:30am - 4:00pm
Locations: NIU Campus
Host: Health Enhancement & Victim Advocacy Services

Be on the lookout across campus for live statistics about sexual assault. Students on campus will serve as a visual representation of how individuals are statistics of assaults and how they move silently among us every day and everywhere!

Operation Jungle Red

Date: April 7, 2014 - April 11, 2014
Times: 10:30am - 4:00pm (April 7th, 10th & 11th) 1:00pm - 4:00pm (April 8th & 9th)
Locations: DuSable, Holmes Student Center, Campus Life Building Atrium, Yordon Center
Host: Health Enhancement & Victim Advocacy Services

During Operation Jungle Red, the campus community, particularly men, will be challenged to step outside of their comfort zone and paint their pinky fingernail red to bring attention to the prevalence of violent acts in today's society. By painting a fingernail red, individuals are pledging to take a stand against violence and agree that they believe that everyone should discuss ways to reduce violence in our schools and communities. One red fingernail is meant to serve as an outward sign of one's willingness to stand up and speak out against violence. For more information, contact Health Enhancement & Victim Advocacy Services at (815) 753-9748

Strive Dogs & Services

Date: April 14, 2014
Times: 6:00pm - 7:15pm
Location: Stevenson North Fishbowl Room
Host: Counseling & Student Development Center/Health Enhancement & Victim Advocacy Services

Need a break from studying? Are you missing your furry friends from home? Come out and visit with the Strive Dogs and learn more about the Counseling & Student Development Center and Victim Advocacy Services! For more information, contact Counseling & Student Development Center at (815) 753-1206

Divas & Desserts/Red Blooded Men Film

Date: April 17, 2014
Time: 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Location: New Hall Swing Room
Host: Health Enhancement & Victim Advocacy Services

Please join us for free, delicious desserts and a robust conversation regarding issues explored in the film Red Blooded Men. The evening will include a panel discussion with your fellow students and staff from across the campus! For more information, please contact Health Enhancement & Victim Advocacy Services at (815) 753-9748

RAD Self Defense Workshop for Women

Date: April 17, April 24, & May 1, 2014
Times: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Group Fitness Room 1 at the Campus Recreation Center
Host: NIU Police & Public Safety

This FREE 9-hour course will train women in techniques for defending themselves against attacks and attempted abduction. This nationally certified program was created by Rape Aggression Defense Systems to help revolutionize our culture through education and empowerment. All ages are welcome. Pre-registration is requested by contacting Jennifer Kirker-Priest at jkirker@niu.edu

A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant, and a Prayer

Date: April 18 & April 19, 2014
Time: 7:00pm
Locations: Carl Sandburg Auditorium
Host: Women's Rights Alliance/Women's Studies

Join us for two performances of Eve Ensler's work. The event aims to raise awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault. There is a suggested donation of $5 for students with ID and seniors, and $10 for the general public. Proceeds benefit Safe Passage and V-Day. Sponsors: Women's Rights Alliance, Women's Studies Program, and others. For more information, please contact the Women's Studies Program at (815) 753-1038

Pause Off! Bags Contest

Date: April 22, 2014
Times: Registration begins at 5:30pm, contest begins at 6:00pm
Location: Chick Evans Field House
Host: Cru

Enter a team to compete to win prizes and see Pause Off! perform skits to raise awareness about sexual violence. For more information about this event, please contact Andrea Drott at (815) 753-9767.

Reconstruction Haiti: Current Conditions, Lessons Learned, and the Future

Date: April 22, 2014
Time: 12:00pm
Location: Holmes Student Center Main Floor, Regency Room
Host: NGO Leadership and Development, Center for Black Studies, Center for Latino and Latin American Studies, Women's Studies, The Presidential Commission on the Status of Women, and the Illinois Humanities Council

Combating Sexual Violence in Haiti: Lessons From the Field, Malya Villard-Appollon was CNN's 2012 Hero of the Year and is the co-founder of KOFAVIV, a Haitian grassroots organization providing women with physical and legal support in an effort to combat sexual violence. Her work has taken her to the courtroom, IDP camps, police officers, the UN base, and around the world. Villard has testified before the UN Commission on Human Rights, the U.S. State Department, and the IAHRC. For more information, please contact Jennifer Kirker-Priest at jkirker@niu.edu.

Denim Day

Date: April 23, 2014
Times: All Day
Locations: NIU Campus & Community

Denim jeans have special meaning for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. In, 1992, an 18-year-old girl was raped in Italy by her driving instructor. She initially won her legal case, but then it was overturned by the High Court, which stated that since she was wearing tight jeans, the rapist could not possibly have done it by himself. The women of the Italian legislature protested by wearing jeans. Join the NIU Campus and community in participating in Denim Day to honor victim/survivors of sexual assault by wearing denim for the day. Let's rally together and collectively stand against sexual assault. For more information, contact Health Enhancement & Victim Advocacy Services at (815) 753-9748.

Duck Race For Safe Passage

Date: April 27, 2014
Times: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Location: Clinton Rosette Middle School, DeKalb
Host: Alpha Phi Omega

Every year, Alpha Phi Omega holds their philanthropy event-a Duck Race, where they launch rubber ducks down the Kishwaukee River. Every dollar that they make from selling rubber ducks in the race foes to the foundation that they are currently sponsoring. This year, their chapter chose to sponsor Safe Passage. It is a fun-fair fundraiser with many fun-fair-like events in addition to the race, itself. For more information, contact ada.president.apo@gmail.com or Destiny McDonald at dmcdonald@niu.edu.

Take Back the Night & Survivor Speak Out

Date: April 29, 2014
Times: Begins at 7:00pm
Location: First Congregational Church, 615 N. First St. DeKalb
Host: Safe Passage

Safe Passage invites you to Take Back The Night! Join us and our community members as we march through DeKalb to make the statement that all people deserve to be safe from sexual assault wherever they go. This empowering event will start with a brief rally before we march through downtown DeKalb. Join us after we return from Take Back the Night for a Survivor Speak-Out. Community members whose lives have been affected by sexual assault and abuse will have a chance to share their stories and hear the healing journey of others. For more information please contact Safe Passage at (815) 758-7922.