Friday, March 21, 2014

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Posted By on Fri, Mar 21, 2014 at 5:29 PM

Want to help victims of sex assault in the region, but aren't sure how? April is your month. Not only can you benefit TESSA of Colorado Springs, the only such organization of its kind in El Paso and Teller counties, but you can have a little fun too. And who knows, maybe it'll lead to something bigger (like volunteering).
click to enlarge COURTESY TESSA
  • Courtesy TESSA
Denim Day Jeans Campaign (April 1-30): Local boutiques including Barracuda BazaarNice N’ Naughty, and Terra Verde will donate a portion of their jean sales to TESSA. A few other retailers will also sell Demin Day pins, in honor of the April 23 date (info below).

Brewer’s Dinner (April 2): A five-course paired dinner featuring beer from Red Leg Brewery, hosted by Old Chicago (the 4110 N. Academy Blvd. location) A portion of the $60 per person tickets will benefit TESSA and are available at TESSA's main office or at Old Chicago.

Tap Takeover (April 4): Two days later, that same Old C's will let the local Lofty Brewing Company take over the taps for a day at Old Chicago (Austin Bluffs & Academy) to raise money for TESSA. At 5:30 p.m., co-owner and head brewer Matt Tussey will visit. 

Crimes Against Nature (April 16): A solo comedic performance piece at Stargazers Theatre & Event Center about the "absurdities and contradictions of masculinity in our society" by author and actor Christopher KilmartinTickets are $10 and they, too, benefit TESSA.

T-Party Benefit (April 16): The Women’s Club of Colorado Springs is sponsoring a party to benefit TESSA and Partners in Housing with door prizes, food and drink and shopping at the location, the Little London Market at 109 S. Sierra Madre St. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, plus a 20-count box of tampons or pads. RSVPs are requested by April 11 to diannereitan@reagan.com.

Denim Day (April 23): Wear your jeans and visit any of the 14 local Starbucks locations to raise awareness about sexual assault and help kill sex assault myths, with TESSA, the El Paso County Department of Human Services and the COLSA Corporation. TESSA explains the history of Denim Day this way:

In 1999, an Italian Supreme Court decision overturned the rape conviction of a 45-year-old driving instructor, who raped and abandoned an 18-year-old female student in an alley. The head judge released a statement arguing that the victim's jeans were so tight that she must have helped the perpetrator remove the jeans; therefore the incident was no longer rape but consensual sex. Enraged by the verdict, the women of the Italian Parliament protested the decision by wearing jeans to work. This action led the California Senate and Assembly to join the protest — and an international movement was born.
Tough Guise II (April 25): A 7 p.m. screening of this documentary by Jackson Katz (whom the Indy interviewed here) "about how violent masculinity is perpetuated in American culture, and its effects on men, women, and society at large in the form of sexual and domestic violence, as well as school shootings and gang violence." Co-hosted by the Independent Film Society of Colorado. It's free to attend, but limited to 75 guests. RSVP to 785-6842 or MSchaunaman@TESSAcs.org.

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