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Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), and PCC is recognizing this call to awareness and action through various events and outreach. Here you can find activities, webinars, and anything else related to SAAM that is happening both at PCC or within our community!

Counseling Services: Trauma Workshop Series


PCC Counseling Center will be hosting a Trauma Workshop Series in April in alignment with Sexual Assault Awareness Month!

Workshop series discuss the foundations of trauma, how it effects our bodies and minds. How to cope with trauma through gaining awareness of what is happening in your body and mind, noticing and attuning to what your needs are, and naming boundaries. This series is open to ALL.

  • April 14th, 11am: Coping with Trauma: Self Awareness
  • April 19th, 1pm: Coping with Trauma: Identifying your Needs
  • April 28th, 11am: Coping with Trauma: Boundary Setting

Learn more and register here!

Traveling Postcards

Join PCC in the Traveling Postcards activity (Women’s Wisdom Initiative) in which students, staff, and faculty can create art to promote love and healing to survivors of domestic/dating violence and sexual assault. Participants’ homemade postcards will be anonymously sent directly to survivors or those shaping policy that directly impacts survivor rights. In this remote world, this activity can give you the opportunity to turn the screen off and tap into your creative energy through a fun and meaningful craft activity. Participating students will be entered into a raffle for a $25 gift card to Target, and the first 10 students to register will receive extra anti-violence goodies!

For this project, you will be sent a standard cardstock for the postcard to be made on, as well as a prepaid return envelope for your finished product. It will be helpful to have a pair of scissors, a glue stick, marker(s), and some kind of decorative material available. However, there will be pre-packaged supply kits available in case you do not have access to the needed items (glue, scissors, paper). These pre-packaged kits are while supplies last. Here are some examples of decorative materials that may already be at your disposal:

  • Magazines/catalogs, colored paper, old books/newspapers, yarn or thread, food/product labels, product containers such as fruit nets (think nectarines or avocados), cereal boxes, paper bags, grass, leaves, flowers, craft feathers, stickers, old maps, water paints/acrylic paints

For registration and to let us know if you will be needing a supply kit, visit our registration form here! 

Postcard Activity Instructions:

Your postcard is 100% yours to be creative with. Below are some topics to consider when creating your card – feel free to utilize these to spark ideas for your card design, or simply create and use no topic or theme at all. No matter what, your card will be absolutely perfect.

  • You are not to blame
  • The burden of silence
  • I am love
  • I am seen
  • I have the right to safety, justice, and equality
  • I did not deserve this
  • I am worthy
  • I have the right to pursue healing and justice
  • I know what is best for me
  • I am not alone
  • Listening is the opposite of violence

The activity can take as long or as little as you like, but you can expect to spend about 30 minutes – 1 hour. Consider the colors, images, patterns, textures, and symbols you like as you get ready to make your card. If you are able, create a relaxing and comfortable space to make your card. This craft is an opportunity to heal and connect with yourself as much as it is to offer healing and connection to another person. You can put on music, sit on a comfy couch, light a candle, and/or safely gather with a friend or two to create together – whatever feels best to you. You can check out very detailed instructions for the activity here.

Once you have finished your card, find the pre-paid return envelope we included in your mailed out kit. Simply place the card in the envelope and find your nearest place to send out mail. If you consented to it in your registration form for the activity, we will take pictures of your finished product and share them on our Instagram accounts as well as on the Outreach and Advocacy Project website. We will then send them off to the folx at Traveling Postcard to be sent out to survivors and those impacting policy around survivor rights.

Cards should be submitted throughout the month of April and May. May 31st will be the conclusion of the activity.

 Visit our registration form here! 

Any questions or need more information? Do not hesitate to connect with us! We are here to chat: advocacy@pcc.edu or 503-619-7041 (text ok).

SE WRC, QRC, and QTPOC Club Film Screening: “Daughter, Sister, Mother”

Join for a screening of “Daughter, Sister, Mother.” This is a short Spanish-language documentary about a young Mexican trans woman. Shakey, the star of the film, and filmmaker Dr. T Delfin will be at the screening to discuss the film.

Thursday, April 29th from 3:00pm – 4:30pm. Register here to receive a link!

SY MC Presents: Licity Colins – Making Peace with our Trauma: Mindfulness and Sexual Assault

Join the SY MC for a workshop presented and facilitated by Licity Colins focusing on Sexual Assault Awareness, the power of yes, and healing.

Wednesday, April 21st! Click here to add this event to your calendar. 

PSU’s Take Back the Night

ASL and English live captioning will be provided. Free and open to the public!

Tourmaline is an artist, archivist, activist and filmmaker who lives and works in New York. She has received widespread recognition for the impact of her work, including being named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2020. Building upon her long-standing experience as a community organizer, her research mines archival sources, tracing historical lineages of marginalized and excluded communities.

By centering and inscribing black, brown, trans, and queer historical figures and narratives, she directly challenges dominant cultural histories and storytelling. Her work honors and links antecedents of resistance with current possibilities for liberation, and offers models in which to broadly imagine and thrive within self-actualization. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; and the Tate, London.

She has been included in many exhibitions and screenings, including The New Museum, The Brooklyn Museum, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, among others, and has been featured in numerous publications, including Artforum, Frieze, The New York Times, The New Yorker, ArtNews, and Vogue. This year she opened her first solo gallery exhibition of films and self-portrait photographs entitled Pleasure Garden at Chapter NY, which was met with critical acclaim.

Thursday, April 22nd from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. Zoom link will be emailed week of the event


Luhui Whitebear & Guests: Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women’s Day (MMIW)

Registration here to receive livestream link: pccmmiw2021.eventbrite.com

As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month offerings, PCC will be honoring May 5th, Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women’s Day (MMIW), by hosting a livestreamed conversation lead by Luhui Whitebear. Guest details to be announced.

Luhui Whitebear (she/her) is an enrolled member of the Coastal Band of the Chumash Nation. Luhui holds a Ph.D. from the Women, Gender, & Sexuality program at Oregon State University and is the Assistant Director of the OSU Native American Longhouse Eena Haws.

Luhui is a mother, poet, and Indigenous activist. Her research focuses on Indigenous rhetorics, Indigeneity & reclaiming of Indigenous identity/gender roles, missing & murdered Indigenous women, Indigenous resistance movements, and natural resource protection. Her most recent projects include the incorporation of heteropatriarchy in Native traditions as well as intergenerational Indigenous activism with the Dakota Access Pipeline Resistance Movement.

Event offered by PCC SE Native Nations Club,  PCC SE Multicultural Center, PCC SE Women’s Resource Center and the PCC Campus Outreach & Advocacy Project.

Wednesday, May 5th from 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Find more events, webinars, online workshops, live streams, and activities related to sexual assault, prevention, awareness, and healing on our Sexual Assault Awareness Month Events Calendar!