RSVP Programs and Events
Each academic year, RSVP offers a slate of programs for students, staff and faculty designed to bring awareness to the issues of sexual assault, dating abuse and stalking on campus. All of our programs and free and open to the campus community. RSVP also supports other departmental programs that address these issues.
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Ask Me My Story October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and each October, RSVP works with student volunteers to share real stories of dating abuse with the PVAMU campus. Ask Me My Story is a visually stunning and interactive way to share real dating abuse stories across our campus. Throughout a week in October, Student Volunteers wear “Ask Me My Story Buttons” and dress up as real Texas victims of dating abuse. Curious members of the PVAMU community should ask anyone wearing the button about “their” personal stories of abuse to learn more about the physical, emotional and spiritual damage dating abuse causes.
Take Back the Night In April, PVAMU students join the national Take Back the Night movement to Take Back Our Campus. For over 35 years, Take Back The Night has focused on eliminating sexual violence, in all forms, and thousands of colleges, universities, women’s centers, and rape crisis centers have sponsored events all over the country. Over the years, Take Back The Night has become internationally known, as a way to take a stand against sexual violence and speak out against these horrible crimes.
Denim Day PVAMU recognizes Denim Day in March. Denim Day is the result of the 1992 case, in which an 18-year-old in Italy was picked up by her driving instructor to begin a driving lesson. Soon after her driving lesson began, her instructor raped her on the side of the road. The teen pressed charges and won her case. The instructor appealed, and the case went to the Italian High Court. In 1999 the court overturned the conviction with a member of the High Court declaring that since the victim wore very tight jeans, the instructor could not have removed them himself, therefore the victim must have willingly participated. On Denim Day we remember that clothes do not cause rape – rapists do.
W.A.V.E. (Women’s Against Violent Encounters) In conjunction with the Office of Student Conduct and the University Police Department, W.A.V.E. is a basic self-defense class for women – although all are welcome to attend.
He Said/She Said So what is a healthy relationship anyway? He Said/She Said is a fun and engaging panel discussion hosted by RSVP. The panel features both students and faculty discussing healthy intimate relationships and the characteristics of an unhealthy relationship. This is an open discussion with questions and answers and lots of dialogue.