April 2018 Sexual Assault Awareness Month Events

Mark Your Calendars!

This year’s theme is “Embrace Your Voice.” 

Our words shape the world around us. How we talk about sexual violence matters. When we reflect on and change how we think and talk about the issue of sexual violence and consent, we can create a culture of respect, equality and safety.  

 Throughout the month of April, the staff of Middle Way House’s crisis intervention and prevention programs will bring the theme of “Embrace Your Voice” to life by hosting the following activities and events. 

We invite YOU to engage in SAAM throughout the month: 

Consent 101 Workshop

Monday, April 2nd, 6-7:30 PM

Bloomington Transit Multipurpose Room

(Third & Walnut Streets) 

Join us for a fun and interactive workshop during which participants will explore what consent looks like (with an emphasis on romantic and sexual interactions) and be provided with the opportunity to work through scenarios in small groups. Snacks, Zines, and consent cookbooks will be provided.

The Clothesline Project, Shirt-making Event

Tuesday, April 3rd, 3-6 PM

Bloomington Transit Multipurpose Room (Third & Walnut Streets)

In collaboration with the Indiana University Sexual Assault Crisis Services (SACS), Middle Way House will host a Clothesline Project shirt-making event. Survivors of sexual violence and those who wish to speak out against this issue are invited to make a shirt sharing their story/thoughts using words, artwork or decorations. Shirts will be displayed on a clothesline in front of the IU Health Center April 11th-13th.  

 #MeToo Panel Discussion

Wednesday, April 18th, 7-8:30 PM

Banneker Community Center Gym

(entrance on Elm Street)

This moderated panel discussion will explore the impact of the #MeToo movement in our daily lives. The panel will aim to address the complexities of this movement and offer insights as to how we can grow and create safer communities.

Panelists include Jada Bee, a co-facilitator for Black Lives Matter Bloomington; organizer for Bloomington Rapid Response and singer/songwriter; Jane Cummings, a Bloomington PRIDE leader; Alexandria Hollett, a doctoral candidate in the departments of Curriculum and Instruction and Gender Studies at IU Bloomington; and Allison Soloman a PhD student and associate instructor in critical feminist human geography. The panel will be moderated by Naomi Long, a senior in the IU Bloomington School of Social Work BSW program. For full bios, please visit the events listing on our Facebook page

 Workshop:  Your Friend Just Caused Harm, What Next? 

Thursday, April 19, 6:30-8:30 PM

Banneker Community Center, Family Resource Room

 This  workshop will explore the complexities of accountability and support for people who have done harm. Through facilitated discussion, skills-building activities, and resources, participants will build tools for demystifying the conversations that follow interpersonal harm.

Collecting Anchors:  Trauma and Survival Through Song

with Musician and Storyteller, Shannon Murray

Saturday, April 28th, 6-8 PM

Location TBA

On Saturday, 4/28 Middle Way House, together with the IU LGBTQ+ Alumni Association and the Middle Way Chapter at IU, will host Collecting Anchors:  Trauma and Survival Through Song. Musician and storyteller, Shannon Murray, through a mix of music and group discussion, will shine a light on trauma and survival with a focus on sexual violence in the LGBTQ+ community. Shannon is the co-founder of Broadwing Booking Collective, a group of artists working to amplify the voices of artists who identify as queer, women, and trans through music and activism.

The exact location will be announced via the agency’s Facebook Events page and on its website

Check back for more details and additional events!