Denim Day

Wednesday, April 25

For the past 19 years, Peace Over Violence has run its Denim Day campaign on a Wednesday in April in honor of Sexual Violence Awareness Month. The campaign was originally triggered by a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped her rapist remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. Peace Over Violence developed the Denim Day campaign in response to this case and the activism surrounding it. Since then, wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault. In this rape prevention education campaign, we ask community members, elected officials, businesses and students to make a social statement with their fashion by wearing jeans on this day as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual assault.

 

Transforming Your Journey Support Group

Beginning October 2nd; 5:30 to 6:45 PM, 1st and 3rd Monday


This support group is intended for survivors of sexual violence. Members of the group must be 18 or older. This is a “drop in” group meaning that members can come to every session or only attend when they are in need of support.


Throughout the year, we will cover the following topics:
· The neuroscience of trauma
· Reconnecting with the body
· Healthy coping skills
· Boundaries
· Self-esteem
· Self care
· Empowerment


We will incorporate several methods of healing, such as talking, journaling, creating, and meditating.


For more information call Kelliann at 540-667-6160

Nurturing Parenting

ARE YOU A PARENT THAT... NEEDS SUPPORT? INFORMATION? TIPS TO COMBAT STRESS? MORE PARENTING TOOLS?
The Laurel Center is pleased to offer these FREE Parenting Workshops!!
In the course of this 10-week parenting class, parents will learn a wide variety of Nurturing Parenting concepts such as: age appropriate developmental capabilities, empathy, and self-worth. We will also explore alternatives to spanking with the goal of empowering our children to make good choices, problem solve and communicate in healthy ways! 
 
Please call The Laurel Center Prevention Staff at 540-667-6160 for more information

 

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