OAS Sponsored Events:
The Office of Advocacy and Support offers a variety of trainings and events throughout the year! Be sure to follow us on instagram (gw_oas) for live updates!
Election Safety Planning
Office of Advocacy and Support and the Office of Emergency Management conducted a training on Election Safety Planning on October 22nd, 2020 at 9:00 pm EST. We covered planning and preparation, voting safety, lockdown and shelter in place, response procedures and emotional and mental safety planning.
You can view the recorded training at this link: https://gwu.webex.com/webappng/sites/gwu/recording/play/a92e9f90d4414a959fd700fcd9e1ca7e
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). During this month, OAS aims to bring action and awareness to power based violence that occurs in relationships, households, and those who are unhoused in Washington D.C. GW as an institution occupies space in the greater DC community and what impacts the DC community directly impacts our community. We are hosting 2 live training events and a month long mutual aid project! See below for more information
Live Training events:
What is power based violence? A Closer look at Domestic Violence in Washington DC
Hosted on October 6th at 8pm EST. We will examine the terms power, violence and DC-specific barriers survivors face. Community members will gain tactical skills to support those in violent relationships and a tangible understanding of the ways systems in DC function to hinder survivors.
What is Mutual Aid? Foundations and Collective Care
Hosted on October 20th at 6:00pm EST. We will explore mutual aid’s history and how to keep each other safe when our community experiences harm. Community members will gain information on how to build a mutual aid fund, a list of mutual aid projects in DC and community based safety planning skills.
Mutual Aid Project:
OAS is hosting a month long community collective action fund that seeks to take care of each other’s needs. Throughout the month of October we will be collecting monetary donations to deliver much needed resources to survivors of domestic violence in DC. You can donate to our cosponsor GW SASA on venmo at GW-SASA or you can drop off items at the Marvin Center! To learn more feel free to email us at [email protected]
Here are the items we are collecting:
Uber gift cards
Campus Events (Not OAS Sponsored)
The Office of Advocacy and Support works with a variety partners and stakeholders. There are no current Community or Campus Events listed. Check back soon!
Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2020
SASA, Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority Inc., and many other community members participated in The Clothesline Project for SAAM 2020. This project honors the experiences of survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, incest or child sexual abuse. By following this link, you can explore a virtual gallery to view the shirts and read some facts about sexual violence. We want to give a shout-out to Tammy Wang from Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority Inc. for her hard work on creating this virtual gallery and researching this information. Below, you can find some more facts about Sexual Assault Awareness Month from the Office of Advocacy and Support.
Please note that some of the content displayed can be difficult to view. We encourage you to engage in this project in a way that is best for you. You may want to take a break when viewing the shirts, listening to a favorite song or calming sound while going through the virtual gallery, etc. OAS isalso a resource for you. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you would like to speak with one of our confidential advocates. We also want to acknowledge that the bodies presented wearing some of these shirts appear to be white and biologically male. All bodies can and do experience violence. The bodies represented here are part of Custom Ink’s design lab and not chosen by OAS or project participants.
- One in three women and one in six men will experience sexual violence in their lifetime. 21% of TGQN (transgender, genderqueer, nonconforming) college students have been sexually assaulted. (Statistics from RAINN)
- SAAM Day of Action is the first Tuesday in April, and is a day to focus on bringing awareness to sexual violence prevention and the steps to eradicating sexual violence. You can also spread awareness and take steps to eradicate violence all year long!
- Denim Day is a day to wear jeans with a purpose. It started in 1999 and was inspired by a show of solidarity for a survivor. Now, thousands of people all over the world wear jeans on this day in April. You can find out more about Denim Day here.
- One way to spread awareness and show your support to survivors is to speak up against sexist, racist, classist, homophobic, etc. language and behavior. All oppression is connected and by speaking up, you are showing your support for survivors and helping to change the culture.
- Many cases of sexual violence go unreported, but that does not mean that survivors are not engaged in healing in other ways. Survivors have the autonomy to choose how to engage in processes. OAS can support survivors in discussing their options and connecting with resources.
SASA Call to Action
On June 16th, 2020 Students Against Sexual Assault hosted a call to action in which they discuss the DOE's proposed changes to Title IX. You can find a video recording of the call on SASA's Facebook page. This video is a resource for those who are looking to get involved and advocate for survivors! While OAS was not a sponsor of this event, The Office of Advocacy and Support is featured on this call to highlight our services for folks and be available for confidential support.