Events & Groups

Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/varp/events.html

We're looking forward to this semester's events here on campus and in the wider community!

 

How to Help a Friend

Thursday, April 16
4-5pm
Preska Room 126

“How to Help a Friend” is geared towards students who may have questions about sexual violence. It's specifically a time for students to ask questions about how they can help or what happens if behavior gets reported, where to report, what the investigation process looks like, what discipline and interim measures might look like, and similar questions. Panel members include VARP Coordinator, Affirmative Action Director, University Security Officer, Sexual Violence Team Leader from CADA, and will be moderated by a Hall Director.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

Sunday, April 19
9am
Riverfront Park

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® is the International Men’s March where men walk a mile in women’s high-heeled shoes as a symbolic gesture to raise awareness on the issue of violence against women. By participating in this event, men show that most men aren’t violent; in fact, the vast majority of men are good people who care about violence, that it is a men’s issue too. Domestic violence affects our entire society, and all of us can make a difference.

Violence-Free Zone Training

Friday, April 24
1-3pm CSU 201
Please RSVP to laura.schultz-1@mnsu.edu to reserve your spot!

This training will address sexual violence and help attendees learn about response and referral tools when confronted with these issues. The presentation will contain information about sexual violence, which may prove as a trigger for some attendees. Registration is requested, as space is limited.

Sex Positive Feminism
with Jennifer Pritchett

Tuesday, April 28
6-7:45pm
CSU 201

What is sex positivity? How does that intersect with feminism? What is a sex positive feminsit definition of consent? What is feminist pornography? Come to this talk with amazing sex educator, Jennifer Pritchett (owner of Smitten Kitten) and hear all of the answers to the above questions and more.

Denim Day Photo

Wednesday, April 29
Noon
Meet in front of Ballroom

In the 1990s, an 18-year-old girl was forcefully raped in Italy.  The 45-year-old perpetrator was convicted of rape and sentenced to jail.  However, the Italian Supreme Court dismissed the case “because the victim wore very, very tight jeans, she had to help him remove them, and by removing the jeans it was no longer rape but consensual sex.”  Within a matter of hours women in the Italian Supreme Court took immediate action and protested by wearing jeans to work. The protest has continued every year since and has become known as Denim Day.  On this day, we all wear jeans as a visible means of protest against rape myths.  Find out more at http://denimdayusa.org/about

Take Back the Night

Thursday, April 30
6pm Plaza outside of Mankato Place Mall
Free for everyone, all are welcome

This event works to honor those who have been victims or survivors of sexual violence. The event will consist of a speakout, a rally and a march around downtown Mankato, with a gathering at Pub 500 afterwards in celebration of the Safe Bar Initiative. The goal is to break the silence around sexual violence, show our support for survivors, and talk about ways we can all be a part of the solution. For additional information or to get information on how to volunteer at the event, please contact Laura or Hannah at laura.schultz-1@mnsu.edu or HannahF@inspire-hope.org.

 

Safe Bar Initiative Kick-Off

Thursday, April 30
8pm Pub 500
Free for everyone, all are welcome

The Safe Bar Initiative is a primary prevention effort to help reduce sexual harassment and violence in local bars by training staff on bystander intervention and posting media that makes clear harassment and violence will not be tolerated. Pub 500, a local pub and eatery known for its wide variety of craft beers and great food, is the first establishment in Mankato that has completed training for the Safe Bar Initiative. Pub 500 has been a huge partner in moving this project forward. Pub 500 has always prided itself with being a comfortable and safe bar for its college students and this will serve to continue the highest level of care to their patrons.

 

 

Ongoing group meetings


PEACE – every other Tuesday from 5-6pm in the Women's Center