The Impact of Violence: An Increased Awareness

The NOVA Sexual Assault Services (SAS) Office presented educational outreach to four campuses. The major initiative held at the Annandale, Alexandria, and Manassas Campuses is called The Clothesline Project. The action draws on the creative minds of our NOVA community. SAS provides blank T-shirts, paints, brushes, feathers, and glue as the stimulus to develop wording and art to reflect the impact of both sexual and domestic violence. Once a shirt is designed, it is hung on a clothesline outside a well-traveled area on each campus. SAS thinks of this event as its best passive education tool, since it brings attention to the trauma of violence, even to those who have never thought about it.

In addition, The Red Flag Campaign took place at NOVA’s Medical Education Campus. This event, complete with red flags planted in the soil and blowing in the wind on campus, highlighted both the ‘red flags’ (threatening behaviors) and the ‘green flags’ (enhancing behaviors) in relationships. College sexual assault still affects one in four college women. Domestic violence affects one in three intimate partner relationships.

NOVA SAS provides free and confidential services to anyone in our NOVA community who has been impacted by sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, or stalking. For more infomrtion, call or text 703.338.0834 or email 24 hours a day.

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