CARE is excited to announce a series of healing, awareness, and prevention events this month. While CARE works year-round to raise awareness among our UCSC community about preventing sexual violence and supporting survivors, we always look forward to April as a time for concentrated engagement with our campus and community partners. 


We know this has been a challenging year living through the pandemic. CARE honors the ways that survivors are Growing Through It! We’re here for you, and you are not alone.


Read below for details about how you can find community, support survivors’ healing, and join the movement to end sexual violence.

 

SAAM EVENTS: 

  

 


Follow CARE on Instagram (@ucsantacruz_care)!

We will be sharing information about SAAM, healing, and prevention all month long! Follow the hashtags #GrowingThroughIt and #SAAM2021, and join us for a live Q&A on our stories on WednesdayApril 7!

 


CARE x Stitch

Join CARE during SAAM as we cross stitch in community! Cross stitch is a form of embroidery in which X-shaped stitches are used to form a picture. Whether you’re an avid cross stitcher or a complete beginner, join us as we “grow through it” one stitch at a time!

Sign up by Friday, April 9th to receive a FREE cross stitch kit, mailed to you, and join us on Zoom on Thursday, May 13th, 5:30-7pm for our open forum to show off your work. Stay tuned on our social media for weekly embroidery tips and tricks, and to find our tutorial video! 

 

Fill out our google form: https://forms.gle/8iPGXGJyYuZ4xNoKA 

Forum Zoom link: TBA

 


“Healing and Everyday Activism”: A Virtual Take Back the Night Series Collaboration with the Womxn's Center

Every year, CARE and the Womxn’s Center look forward to collaborating to raise our voices against sexual violence and hold space for survivors. This year, we are hosting a week-long virtual events series to engage the UCSC community. We invite survivors, support persons, and allies to participate in these programs!

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We Believe You” Community Book Conversation

Monday, April 26 from 4-5pm

Join us in reading and discussing healing, everyday activism, and the strength of survivors through the book, “We Believe You,” edited by Annie Clark and Andrea Pino. Register to participate via Zoom here.

 

Participants can register in advance to receive a free copy of the book at the form here! Request your copy by Friday, April 9.

 

Healing and Everyday Activism” Keynote from Andrea Pino-Silva

Tuesday, April 27 from 4:30-6pm

Andrea Pino-Silva is an unapologetic storyteller and fearless advocate for survivors of sexual assault and LGBTQ people of color. This keynote talk will share her perspectives on healing and everyday activism, and how our community can support survivors. There will be space for audience Q&A. 

 

Zoom Webinar registration link

 

April 28 is Denim Day!

Join CARE and the Women’s Center on Denim Day to speak out against victim blaming and start a conversation about sexual violence and consent!

 

Here are some ways you can participate and promote Denim Day on April 28:

  • Post a picture of yourself in Denim with a caption, “I wear Denim because…” using the hashtag #UCSCDenimDay. Tag @ucsantacruz_care and @ucsc.womxn on Instagram, and we will re-share your post on our story!
  • Engage in conversations about Denim Day, consent, and supporting survivors within your communities 
  • Update your Zoom background! Check back to download our Denim Day background here.



Take Back the Night & Survivor Share Out

Your voice has power! We have been honored to witness survivors’ courage through our annual speak out event. In 2020, CARE and the Womxn’s Center published an e-book of Survivor Stories and this year we are creating an online gallery to allow for more multimedia forms of engagement. 

 

We invite survivors and allies to submit your stories or messages of support to an online gallery and help us create space for community and healing. Writing, poetry, art, music, videos, and more are welcome! Submit your work at the form here.

 

In addition, join us on April 29 from 5-6:30pm!

The Survivor Share Out will feature the launch of our online gallery. This webinar will create space to come together in community and support survivors. Confidential support will be available during the event. Register to attend the webinar here



Community Healing Day

April 30

We know that SAAM can be heavy. Join us for a series of healing workshops to come together in community with survivors and allies.

  • Trauma-informed yoga session with Dr. Angella Kocian. 10-11:30am
  • Self-Empowerment and Affirmations with CARE interns. 2-3pm
  • Cooking in Community with the Womxn’s Center. TIME TBD

 


Survivor Support Groups

Wednesdays, 3-4:30

CARE continues to hold drop-in survivor support groups virtually during Spring! Here are the topics during SAAM:

  • April 7: Advocating for yourself in the classroom
  • April 14: Writing as self-care
  • April 21: Self-care basics
  • April 28: Open forum

Register in advance here. To find more information about support groups and the rest of the series during Spring, check our “Upcoming Events” page.