IMPACT Self-Defense Training
Risk reduction is an important part of violence prevention. And, it is essential for all forms of risk reduction to be trauma-informed and not place responsibility for violence prevention on victims and survivors. This is why SARP has partnered with IMPACT Boston. IMPACT Boston is an organization that focuses on running trauma-informed self-defense classes. Their classes emphasize verbal d-escalation techniques to complement more traditional forms of self-defense. Our next class will be on Saturday, November 18th at 1pm in the HTC Room 104.
Incarcerated Survivor Letter Writing
Started by a group of undergraduate SARP Ambassadors, this is a quarterly letter writing event open to the entire BU community. At this event, participants will learn about the injustices of the carceral system and how this affects survivors of sexual violence. Individuals then write a letter to a survivor of sexual violence who is currently incarcerated. Each month covers a new topic related to the carceral system and this is a drop-in event where new participants are always welcome! Our next event will be on Thursday, November 30th at 6:30pm in the HTC Room 206.
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/200 Artist Reception
Through this large scale installation, Artist Ali Waller casted the busts of survivors as one step in their healing journey. The casts displayed at the BU Arts Initiative and were representative of survivors at Boston University and the Greater Boston Area. To learn more about Ali Waller, you can visit her website at aliwaller.shop
The Clothesline Project
Every April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. SARP has chosen The Clothesline Project as an annual event to bring awareness to the issue of sexual assault and empower survivors on campus. Find out more about this project with a video created by one of our prevention educators.
I Will Walk With You
Started by a BU student, this walk shows support for survivors during Sexual Assault Awareness Month and kicks off Sexual Assault Awareness Week. SARP ambassadors lead the way and spray paint the path from campus to the SARP office, encouraging passing students to participate.
The Speaker Series
Throughout the spring of 2023, SARP hosted The Speaker Series. These events each featured a different speaker who works in violence prevention. These talks provided a great opportunity to learn about the varying career paths associated with prevention work, as well as a chance to meet with specialists in the field and share space with others impassioned by this line of work. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Cones for Consent
Arguably SARP’s ‘coolest’ event of the year. In the Spring of 2022, and the Fall of 2022, we distributed over 1000 ice cream cones to students while talking about consent and gathering students’ perspectives. This event drew in large crowds and was a great way to engage with students around the topic of consent. We surveyed the students who attended with questions such as what consent means to them, how they would describe consent, and more! Plus, free ice cream is always a crowd pleaser.
SARP’s newest event, The Healing Patch, launched in September 2023. In aligning with our theme for the year of Body & Healing, we decided to create our own ‘Pumpkin Patch’ of healing affirmations. Students wrote ways in which they heal on pumpkin-shaped patches that could then be displayed on backpacks, in dorm rooms, etc. as a reminder of strength and healing during difficult times. Additionally, we had a local coffee cart, Koko Café, serve students with hand-crafted lattes and fall pastries. This event was a great kick-off to our programming for the year and was well-attended by the student body. To learn more about this event, please email email@example.com.