Spring Semester Events
California Denim Day
Denim Day was established after an unjust ruling in Italy. The Italian Supreme Court dismissed charges against a 45-year-old rape suspect because his 18-year-old victim was wearing jeans at the time of the attack. The Court stated in its decision that "It is common knowledge... that jeans cannot even be partly removed without the effective help of the person wearing them... and it is impossible if the victim is struggling with all her might." The judgment sparked a worldwide outcry from those who understand coercion, threats and violence go along with the act of rape. Denim Day has become a day symbolizing international injustice for sexual assault. The Violence Prevention Project hosts Denim Day for the Fresno State campus in the Spring.
Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Designated as Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), April brings an annual opportunity to focus awareness on sexual violence and its prevention... more
The Clothesline Project
The Clothesline Project (CLP) is a program started on Cape Cod, MA, in 1990 to address the issue of violence against women. It is a vehicle for women... more
Shine the Light on Sexual Violence
Shine the Light on Sexual Violence is an event to wrap up Sexual Assault Awareness Month, while encouraging awareness of sexual assault. The concept was originally developed by the YWCA of Greater Los Angeles Sexual Assault Crisis Program who believed that by shining the light we "enlighten" them to be conscious of the problem and take action. This event brings together students, faculty, staff and community members to Shine the Light. Everyone is encouraged to use car headlights, candles, lamps, or flashlights to develop awareness.
Mu Chi Omega, Latino Fraternity, helped organize and lead the Shine the Light event of 2007. Many other volunteers helped in organizing this event and by attending it. We look forward to have a growing number of supporters for the following years.
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes
Walk a Mile In Her Shoes is literally what it sounds like: men in women's shoes, preferably heels, walk a mile to see how it is for a woman to walk in heels. This Men's March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence is one of the events sponsored by Violence Prevention Project for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. It's not easy walking in the shoes, but it's an effective way to get the community to talk about something that's really difficult to talk about, namely gender relations and sexual violence.
In 2007, the gentlemen of Mu Chi Omega were men enough to "Walk a Mile In Her Shoes". They walked from the Free Speech Area to the Bulldog Softball Diamond. Concluding the event was a softball game fundraiser for the Marjaree Mason Center. The evening was a fun opportunity for men to educate the community about a very serious subject and to rally the community to take action to prevent sexual violence.
Breaking the Silence
Breaking the Silence is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising public awareness of child abuse realities and prevention techniques through... more
To wrap up each semester, the Violence Prevention Project holds a Volunteer Appreciation event where all of our volunteers are treated to fun, food, and an official certificate of appreciation for all of their hard work during the semester.
If you want information about any of our exciting volunteer opportunities, please give us a call at (559)278-5696 or drop by and see us.