Title IX: Sexual Harassment

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assualt Awareness Month
Sexual Assault Awareness Month is a national campaign that promotes ending sexual violence. During the last week of April, Irvine Valley College (IVC) typically holds events educating students about affirmative consent, methods to end and prevent sexual assault on our campus, and how to support survivors. This year we will be offering these events virtually.

Sexual Assault Awareness Week (SAAW)
April 26-30, 2021

Join us in this national campaign to end sexual violence with a series of virtual events, in addition to a virtual 5K run/jog/walk and a drive-thru event to kick off the week. This year’s national theme is Building Safe Spaces Online.​​​ ​​​​​​​

Students who participate in any activity or event during Sexual Assault Awareness Week (SAAW), or who post about SAAW on Instagram, will be entered into daily drawings to win a $50 grocery gift card.* Attend multiple workshops to be entered multiple times! Students can also be entered to win by taking the It’s On Us Pledge or by completing the virtual 5K (one entry per student, per activity).

How to enter:

  • Workshops: register and attend any workshop via Zoom. Attendees will be entered automatically. Students will receive one entry for each workshop they attend.
  • Virtual 5K: Join the IVC Sexual Assault Awareness Week 5K Team in Strava to be entered to win. (One entry per student.)
  • Take the It’s On Us Pledge: Take the pledge to not be a bystander when you see sexual assault or harassment taking place. (One entry per student.)
  • Post on Instagram: Post about a SAAW event you attended, Denim Day, or anything else SAAW-related and tag @ivccounseling on Instagram. (One entry per student, per day.)

*To be eligible for this prize, you must be an Irvine Valley College student currently enrolled in at least one class.

SAAW Events

For details of each event, click on the event titles below; workshop Zoom links will be added soon.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

SAAW Kick-Off Drive-Thru  |  Friday, April 23, 10 am - 1 pm

Drop by the IVC campus on Friday, April 23, between 10 am and 1 pm, to pick up your free SAAW Participant Kit (includes a SAAW T-shirt, face mask, IVC planner, and supplies for the week’s events). Available to the first 150 participants!

Enter the campus via Irvine Valley, off of Jeffrey Road, and follow the signs to Lot 5.

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Virtual 5K Run/Walk/Jog  |  All Week

strava logoRun/walk/jog a 5K in honor of survivors of sexual violence everywhere! You have the whole week to complete your 5K. Don't forget to wear your IVC SAAW shirt and race bib found in your Participant Kit, take a photo, and post on social media with #ivccanbuildsafespaces.

To participate, please follow these steps:

  1. Download and create an account on Strava, a free app. For instructions, watch our tutorial video.
  2. Search and join Irvine Valley College's (IVC's) Virtual Sexual Assault Awareness Run Club.
  3. On Friday, April 23, anytime ​from 10 am to 1 pm, come to the SAAW Kick-Off Drive-Thru event on the IVC campus to pick up your Participant Kit.
  4. On Monday, April 26 (or during the week of April 26-30), login and record your 5k run/walk/jog and post a picture on our Strava page.

Monday, April 26, 2021

Healthy Relationship Boundaries  |  10:30 am

Learn the importance of healthy boundaries and how to set, implement and respect them in your personal and professional relationships.

Presenter: Lauren Consul, IVC Health and Wellness Center

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Domestic Violence 101  |  4 pm

This is a presentation geared toward an adult audience. We provide an overview of domestic violence and important resources. Topics covered include: the different types of abuse, why abusers abuse, why victims stay, the cycle of violence, red flags, how to get help, available resources, and safety planning.

Presenter: Veronica Stephens, Laura's House

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Film Discussion: "The Mask You Live In"  |  7 - 8 pm

Participants will be provided a link, to at their leisure, view the film, "The Mask You Live In", prior to discussion if possible. The film follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America's narrow definition of masculinity. Research shows that compared to girls, boys in the U.S. are more likely to be diagnosed with a behavior disorder, prescribed stimulant medications, fail out of school, binge drink, commit a violent crime, and/or take their own lives (therepresentationproject.org). Join Dr. Miatta R. Snetter, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, and Robert Melendez, IVC Counseling Department Chair, for a discussion regarding the information presented in the film.

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Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Online Safety: Protecting Yourself in an Online World  |  11 am

In an ever-changing, online world, how do you protect yourself? We hear about people being stalked, scammed, and catfished online. How can you minimize the chances of you or someone you love becoming a victim? Come learn more about the what you can do.

Presenter: Timothy VanNorman, IVC Technology Services

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Sexual Assault Prevention and Accommodations  |  3 pm

Find out about sexual assault prevention and accommodations. Presentation will cover consent, sexual assault myths, culture and victim blaming and additional related topics as recommended.

Presenter: Sabrina Hughes, Waymakers OC

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Denim Day  |  All Day

Show your support for "Denim Day" by posting on social media. Denim Day started with a clear and direct message: There Is No Excuse and Never An Invitation to Rape.

Inspired by an Italian Court's decision to overturn a rape conviction due to the victim wearing tight jeans - reasoning she must have helped her attacker remove them, thereby implying consent - Denim Day continues to inspire and connect millions all over the world. This year is our 22nd year, and the original message remains crucially relevant.

Denim Day is an opportunity to come together in solidarity, support survivors, challenge harmful attitudes surrounding sexual violence, and disrupt rape culture.

Join us in gearing up for this powerful movement!

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Title IX Training  |  10 am

Join IVC, Title IX Investigations Manager, Anne Chua for information regarding Title IX and to learn about the recent updates to district board policies.

Presenter: Anne Chua, IVC Title IX

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Denim Day Self-Care Coloring Session  |  Noon - 1 pm

Join counselor, Tiffani Gamboa as she leads us in a stress relieving coloring session in recognition of "Denim Day". On April 28, 2021, millions of people across the world will wear jeans with a purpose, support survivors, and educate themselves and others about all forms of sexual violence. Materials provided in the SAAW Participant Kit, pick up the Friday, April 23, SAAW Kick-Off Drive-Thru event.

Presenter: Tiffani Gamboa, IVC Counseling

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Healthy Masculinity  |  2:30 pm

The goals of the Healthy Masculinity are to challenge the participants to think critically about gender norms and expectations in society, engaging students to help prevent domestic violence. We help students understand preconceived notions of masculinity and femininity. It also explores how traditional expectations of masculinity are used to cause harm onto others. Harm is not caused by masculinity, nor is it only caused by men who perpetuate gender stereotypes. The presentation also explores evidence that proves what the significant impacts are to boys and men who are confined to traditional roles of masculinity. By the end of the presentation, participants will have the tools to redefine what masculinity means to them. Masculinity is ultimately a tool of expression and not a box that labels.

Presenter: Veronica Stephens, Laura's House

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Healthy Relationship Boundaries  |  3 pm

Learn the importance of healthy boundaries and how to set, implement and respect them in your personal and professional relationships.

Presenter: Lauren Consul, IVC Health and Wellness Center

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Thursday, April 29, 2021

Situational Awareness  |  11 am

Provide knowledge regarding situational awareness including: What is situational awareness? What are the 4 levels? Why is this important to you? Where does situational awareness fit into the larger decision-making process? Provide strategies to increase your situational awareness on and off campus.

Presenters: Lt. Romero and Officer Brown, IVC Campus Police

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Healthy Digital Relationships  |  4:30 - 5:30 pm

How to develop healthy online relationships. Join the session to learn more about the importance of understanding the platforms you are using, social media safety tips, understanding the differences between online and in person socializing, and overall what constitutes of healthy relationships.

Presenter: Ruby Pastrana, IVC Counseling

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Friday, April 30, 2021

Title IX Training  |  11 am

Join IVC, Title IX Investigations Manager, Anne Chua for information regarding Title IX and to learn about the recent updates to district board policies.

Presenter: Anne Chua, IVC Title IX

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Changing the Message: The Impact of Media and Language  |  12:30 pm

Changing the Message is an interactive workshop that challenges social norms by recognizing and deconstructing pro-violence messaging in media and language. Participants will be exposed to various images, videos, and language and discuss the implications of negative messaging and understand the impacts in personally participating in harmful social norms. The lessons learned will include but are not limited to: harmful masculinity, gender stereotypes, and acceptance or enforcement of rape culture. They will learn to deconstruct media's influence in order to rebuild our culture to create a safe and healthy community for all.

Presenter: Veronica Stephens, Laura's House

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If you require an accommodation for any of the events listed above, please contact Disabled Students Programs and Services at least three business days prior to the event at 949-451-5630 or ivcdsps@ivc.edu.


Additional Information and Resources:

  • IVC Library SAAM Resources: The website has resources for education, awareness and support. Current IVC students will have access to articles, videos, movies, books, and podcasts that can help you learn more about issues related to Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
  • It's On Us: Take the Pledge
  • Survivor Stories: Read stories and view art shared by survivors of sexual violence. Take a moment to support these survivors and share your own story if you are comfortable doing so.
  • National Sexual Violence Resource Center: This nonprofit organization is dedicated to providing information and tools to prevent and respond to sexual violence. NSVRC is promoting virtual events on their website.
  • The Clothesline Project: A digital engagement activity of messages, stories, and reactions to those who have experienced interpersonal violence or sexual assault. The Clothesline Project educates students and the community that violence is a problem everywhere, help is available, there is hope, and there is a path to healing.