Sexual Assault Awareness Month & Child Abuse Prevention Month

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Sexual Assault Awareness Month & Child Abuse Prevention Month

April 01, 2016 - April 30, 2016
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Download printable calendar of events

Download printable calendar of events


Thursday, March 24

They Have a Name: Education, Awareness, and Prevention of Human Trafficking

7 P.M. at Rackham Assembly Hall, 915 E. Washington St., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 48109

Delta Theta Psi’s annual spring event, with a free Indian dinner and talk by Elizabeth Campbell, Assistant Professor of Law at the Human Trafficking Clinic at the University of Michigan. The exploitation of vulnerable populations in sex and labor trades continues to plague communities throughout the US, including Michigan communities. Professor Campbell will define human trafficking, dispel myths, describe the experiences of survivors of human trafficking and address how the general public can assist survivors. She will also touch on challenges in the South Asian community. Donations and raffle proceeds will go towards Love146, an international human rights organization working to end child trafficking.  


Friday, March 25

11th Annual rEVOLUTION: Making Art for Change Opening Reception

Exhibit remains up until April 1st.

7:30-9:30 P.M. at West Quad Connector, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Themes of the show are Gender, Sexism, Sexual Violence & Empowerment. This event is open to all in the community; everyone is encouraged to share their stories and voices. The Connector is located between the Union and West Quad residence hall, and is accessible from E. Madison St. across from South Quad residence hall. Contact: 


Wednesday, March 30

Consent Week: Stand in Solidarity

5:30-8:00 P.M.

Halle Library Auditorium, 955 W. Circle Drive, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

EMU Women’s Resource Center hosts an awareness program during consent week in which students will show their support for survivors of sexual assault. Join us to make signs and undergo a short presentation on sexual assault and consent! Free and open to the public.

Contact: Ellen Collier, 734.487.0364,


Friday, April 1

It Happened Here: Stories of Sexual Assault on Campus

 6 P.M.  – Event still tentative as of 3/23

Room S100, Madonna University, 36600 Schoolcraft Rd., Livonia, MI 48150

Come support Stop A.V.T. and help to raise awareness of sexual assault on college campuses. Stop A.V.T. is dedicated to raising awareness of the issues and support services for sexual assault, domestic violence, and human trafficking. Contact: Facebook page: Stop AVT.

Facebook Group: Stop A.V.T. Twitter: @Stop_AVT

Saturday, April 2

Activating Our Campus: A Collective of Anti-Violence Student Activists Conference

9 A.M. – 5 P.M. at the University of Michigan Union, 530 S. State St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Pre-registration required, space limited.

 Hosted by SAPAC. The purpose of the conference is to convene anti-violence student activists from across Michigan, and within our own university, to learn from one another, with an ultimate goal of building and strengthening our respective communities. We will have representatives from about 10 universities and colleges in Michigan!  Our specific goals for the conference include:

  • Bring schools together to share what they do to prevent and address sexual assault
  • Create a space where schools who do not have programs can get information
  • Network to share resources and plan future events
  • Discuss and share skills: facilitation, inclusive language, promotion of resources

Contact: Emma Zorfass at

Monday, April 4

Consent Week: “Honor Diaries” Screening

7-9 the Halle Library G03, 955 W. Circle Drive, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti

This documentary explores nine women’s rights advocates with roots in Muslim societies as they work to change their communities and the world. Free and open to the public.

Contact: Jessica Dailey, 734.487.4282,

Wednesday, April 6

Consent Week: Eastern Michigan University Take Back the Night

7-9:30 P.M. at the Student Center – Ballroom B, 900 Oakwood St., Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti

 “Take Back the Night” is an internationally held march and rally intended as a protest and direct action against rape and other forms of sexual violence. Members of the university and local community gather to share stories, protest and honor the lost.

Contact: Ellen Lassiter Collier, 734.487.0364, 

Wednesday, April 6

Take Back the Night Ann Arbor

7 P.M. at the University of Michigan Union, 530 S. State St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Rally and March. Keynote speaker: Quinn Davis, a survivor, SafeHouse advocate and TBTN volunteer. Expressions in Dance featuring Body Rhythm Dance Theatre, Cadence & Lein Irish Dance. Music by The DJ Guy – Ed Altounian. Parking after 6 P.M. is free (other than Gold sections). A lot and garage are on Thompson Street behind (west of) the Union. Parking map:

Event web site:

Friday, TakeBackTheNightDetroit_flyer2016April 8

8th Annual Take Back the Night Detroit

6-9 P.M. at the Booth Center/Salvation Army, 3737 Lawton, Detroit, MI 48208

Guest speakers; live DJ, dance, and spoken word performances; info from area agencies; Wall of Hope

collaborative art project; and Healing Tent. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by SASHA Center, WC Safe, First Step, and La Vida. Contact: Kalimah Johnson, 313.214.2083,


Monday, April 11

Wayne State University Take Back the Night

5:30-8:30 P.M. at the Student Center Ballroom, 5221 Gullen Mall, Wayne State University, Detroit

A First Step Client is the Survivor Speaker. First Step is an event sponsor.

Guest parking is usually $7 in Structure 5 at 5501 Anthony Wayne Drive.

The President’s Commission on the Status of Women, in collaboration with WSU’s Dean of Students Office, First Step and the SASHA Center, invites you to join us as we unite to Take Back the Night. Hear from Laura Starzynski, a lecturer for WSU Department of Criminal Justice, and Kim Trent from the African American 490 Project. Participate in the march/rally, learn about resources, and help shatter the silence about sexual violence. Contact: Sara Byczek at 313-577-8564 or

Hunting Ground FlyerTuesday, April 12

The Hunting Ground Film Screening

6-8 P.M. at The Union, The House of Maize & Blue, UM-Dearborn, 780 Town Center Drive

“In a tour de force of verité footage, expert insights, and first-person testimonies, the film follows undergraduate rape survivors pursuing both their education and justice, despite ongoing harassment and the devastating toll on them and their families.” Contact: Susan Estep, 313.583.6445,, and


Wednesday, April 20

6th Annual Youth Poetry Slam

Youth Poetry Slam 20164:30-5:30 P.M. Browse the museum, light refreshments

5:30-7:30 P.M. Poetry Slam

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), 4454 Woodward, Detroit, MI 48201

 In recognition of Child Abuse Prevention and Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The Children’s Center presents the 6th annual Kids-TALK Poetry Slam. Join us for a night of music, complimentary food and beverages, poetry, and great people. This fun lyrical competition shows off Detroit’s best and brightest young poets. Free and open to the public. Contact: Lacea Zavala 734.785.7705 x7291,


Thursday, April 21

Madonna University Take Back the Night

6-9 P.M. at Madonna University, 36600 Schoolcraft Rd., Livonia, MI 48150

March, key note address by Kim Hurst, resource speaker, survivor speaker, and speak-out.


Friday, April 22

Leadership Breakfast 2016Child Abuse Awareness Month Community Event:
11th Annual Community Leadership Breakfast

Mayor’s Task Force for the Well-being of Children and Families

8:30-11:30 A.M. at the Charles H. Ellis III Banquet & Conference Center (Greater Grace)

23500 W. Seven Mile in Detroit

$35 Breakfast/Conference Fee (includes 1 CEU)

Reservations: 313.758.0150


Thursday, April 28

First Step’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month Event
Paving a Path of Hope

An event for First Step’s community of survivors, volunteers & staff.

5:30-8 P.M.

First Step Karen Wilson Smithbauer Family Center, 4400 Venoy, Wayne, MI 48184


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