Nationally, October is recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  It was established to recognize victims who were affected by relationship violence and to connect them to resources, educate the general public about the realities of violence within romantic relationships; and to de-stigmatize conversations about relationship violence.

The WGAC has rephrased “Domestic Violence Awareness Month” to “Relationship Violence Awareness Month”, as we believe the term better reflects experiences of young adults who experience violence outside of a domestic and/or marital framework. During the month, we work with campus partners to bring awareness to dating/relationship violence and educate on the different ways we can help end it. Our primary focus is on cultivating healthy relationships. We do this by providing students with tips and tools on how to manage, and find recourse if they or somebody they know is in an unhealthy or abusive relationship.

Follow the link to our Events Calendar to view upcoming programs or events relating to relationship violence. For timely event updates, check us out on Instagram and Facebook.

2020 Events

10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30 – Friday Support Groups

Every Friday 3:30-4:45 pm
This weekly support group is a place to connect and process with fellow survivors. This is a space for primary survivors of sexual violence, relationship violence, and/or stalking. We ask that first-time attendees do a short virtual intake with an advocate before attending their first group. If you’re a first-time attendee, please register no later than noon the day-of the workshop. People of all identities are welcome.

10/3 – Disclosure Watch Party

5:00 pm | RSVP Here | Watch the Trailer Here
Disclosure, a newly released Netflix documentary, outlines the history of trans and gender diverse representation in the media. Tune in for a virtual Netflix viewing party to watch in community with others. Documentary content warning: depictions & mentions of racial, transphobic, and sexual violence.

10/6 – Disclosure Discussion

6:00 pm | RSVP Here | Link: OR Zoom Meeting ID: 995 8782 0899
Disclosure, a newly released Netflix documentary, outlines the history of trans and gender diverse representation in the media. Join us for a virtual discussion about the documentary and importance of trans representation. Documentary content warning: depictions & mentions of racial, transphobic, and sexual violence. This is a collaboration with the Pride Resource Center and the Black/African American Cultural Center.

10/9 – LGBTQ+ Survivors of Interpersonal Violence Workshop

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm | Email to access this virtual workshop
This one-time workshop is for LGBTQ+ primary survivors to connect with each other about their unique experiences with interpersonal violence. Space will be created for students to discuss coping strategies, be in community with each other, and learn more about how to manage the impact of trauma. This workshop will be done in collaboration with the Pride Resource Center and the Counseling Center.

10/13 – It Happens to Men, Too

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
As men, we rarely have conversations about relationship violence against men, but it does happen. This conversation will address some of the barriers that men face and how to better support men who’ve experienced relationship violence.

10/14 – Men in the Media: How Media Influences Masculinity and Relationship Violence

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm | Watch the Trailer Here
Using the documentary Tough Guise 2: Violence, Manhood & American Culturewe’ll be discussing how media depictions of masculinity and violence influence relationship violence. If you would like to watch this documentary prior to the discussion, it is available for free on Kanopy through CSU. Documentary content warning: depictions of gun violence and gory imagery. This is a collaboration with University Housing.

10/19 – Secondary Survivors Workshop

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
This workshop is available for partners, family, and friends of gender-based violence survivors. We’ll cover how trauma affects the brain, how you can best support your loved one, and how vicarious trauma can impact support systems.

10/22 – How to Break Up

4:00 pm -5:30 pm
Planning how to break up can be intimidating. Let’s talk about strategies for breaking up and ending various types of relationships.

10/22 – Final Femmes

6:30 pm
The term “final femme” or “final girl” references a common horror trope where only one woman survives to live another day. With this event, we will be exploring how contemporary feminist horror subverts this trope by writing strong feminine characters who not only survive but end up saving the day as well. Content Warning: for imagery and conversation about relationship violence, sexual violence, blood, and gore.

10/26 – Survivor Speakers Bureau

5:30 pm -8:30 pm
For survivors, sharing their story can be a powerful part of their individual healing. This 3-hour workshop prepares survivors to share their stories on panels across CSU’s campus.

10/28 – I Respect You…BUT

4:00 pm -5:30 pm
Have you ever had a person say they respect your boundaries…BUT their actions don’t reflect that? We’ll be discussing the manipulators and abusers that know how to say all the right things, but don’t actually treat their friends and/or intimate partners well. 

10/29 – We Can Do Better

4:00 pm -5:30 pm
Often, the violence in intimate partner relationships is carried out by men. This workshop will talk about some of the subtle ways in which men use violence against their partners and ways in which we can be better partners. 

RSVP Below

All Fall 2020 WGAC events will take place virtually. Please complete the form below to RSVP for the event(s) you’re interested in. If you do not see the option to RSVP for your event below then the link or RSVP information can be found in the description for the event. Limited space available for each event.

RVAM 2020 has ended! Check back next October for available events.