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Creative actions against sexual violence
There were three parts to the arts and academic integration component of the CounterAct Initiative:
Seed Grants provided an opportunity to engage ASU students, faculty and staff to implement a solution on how to address sexual violence by presenting cultural solutions through arts-based and trauma informed practices. The Convening event in April 2018 initiated the process of awarding small-scale sexual violence prevention projects from $200 to $1,200.
All Seed Grant recipients were required to:
This was to ensure that all project attendees participate in creative CounterActions that address sexual violence and promote healthy sexuality.
Each person who received CounterAct funding was expected to:
Participants applied their trauma-informed practice to creative projects. Grants supported material costs of projects including but not limited to art supplies, marketing printables, research and training.
Faculty, staff and students implemented 15 projects that led to hundreds of actions to counter sexual violence and promote healthy sexuality.
Over the course of the Spring 2019 semester, students in Pamela Stewart’s HST 328: Women in U.S. History class engaged with various themes that reflected on current issues affecting women (and others) in American society and the world at large. Each student and the professor created a piece that illustrated how sexual violence has been a re-occuring theme throughout history. They also produced a short video.
Dawn Gilpin led an event to discuss how people with disabilities are more likely to experience sexual assault, domestic violence and abise. The event also reminded audiences of the variety of visible or invisible disabilities and how that can affect relationships, sex and sexuality. The discussion was moderated by Vanessa Ruiz, professor of practice. The panelists included:
This event was done in collaboration with the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Tiara Cash and Nika Gueci, from ASU’s Center for Mindfulness, Compassion and Resilience, created a living mantra for survivors of sexual violence to provide a form of meditation for anyone who has experienced trauma. The trauma-responsive mantra can be spoken or sung; the intention is to assist people in their process of healing through the practice of meditation.
The mantra was put to music by an outside musical band, Mulherin, an R&B duo (and identical twin brothers) from Memphis, Tennessee. The mantra was recorded and is accessible on Youtube.
The CounterAct Counter registered CounterActions against sexual violence; the goal of the iniative was to document 880 counteractions, one for each of the 880 acts of sexual violence that occur each day in the United States. The initiative exceeded its goal, documenting 908 CounterActions completed by the ASU community.