Each April, across the United States communities come together to raise awareness about sexual violence and its impact on the health and humanity of their members.In Chittenden County, Vermont we have a longstanding tradition of providing events that highlight the strength and resilience of survivors, the importance of education and conversations that name, interrupt, and prevent sexual violence, and that create spaces for survivors’ voices to be heard and honored.Sexual Violence Awareness Month (SVAM) events are planned and carried out with the assistance of a collaborative team of providers in Chittenden County.
Survivor’s Art Show
The Survivor’s Art Show is an event held annually by HOPE Works’ Survivor’s Council that features artwork created by survivors of sexual violence. This is a way for those that have experienced sexual trauma to express their stories, feelings, and thoughts through an artistic and creative avenue. This event is open to the public, with the location changing annually.
TAKE BACK THE NIGHT RALLY AND MARCH / SURVIVOR SPEAK OUT
Take Back the Night is an international rally and march, organized in local communities with the purpose of unifying people of all genders in raising awareness of and ending sexual violence, with a special focus given to the recognition of survivor experiences.
RUGGERS AGAINST RAPE RUGBY TOURNAMENT @ UVM
The Ruggers Against Rape Tournament is hosted by UVM Women’s Rugby and benefits HOPE Works and our fight to end sexual violence in Chittenden County. This event has happened annually for over 20 years and we are extremely thankful for all the work put in by this wonderful organization year after year!