Volunteer and Be a Part of This Year’s “These Hands Don’t Hurt” Fair

This year, San Diego State is proud to offer the 2nd Annual These Hands Don’t Hurt Violence Awareness and Prevention Fair. The Fair takes places on April 16th,  from 10am – 3pm. Below is a letter from Julie-Anne Brou, the found of the “These Hands Don’t Hurt” fair, explaining what the fair offers and why it is so important to put an end to domestic violence.

Hello my name is Julie-Anne Brou and I am the founder of the “These Hands Don’t Hurt” violence awareness and prevention fair.  This event is held at San Diego State University every April during National Sexual Assault Awareness Month. I created this fair last year for my 2011 SDSU Homecoming Queen service project.  The mission of the fair is to increase awareness and understanding of ALL FORMS of violence through education & community engagement.  We also provide lifesaving resources to help empower violence victims to break their silence and end the violence.  I am very passionate about advocating for victims of abuse because I grew up in a household with domestic violence. My exposure to domestic violence drives me to help prevent anyone else from experiencing the horrific abuse that my mother once did.

All forms of violence are unacceptable; including sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse, bullying, or gang related. This fair aims to address all of forms of violence with an emphasis on sexual assault.  Research has proven that sexual assault represents the most rapidly growing violent crime in America and it needs to be addressed, especially amongst college students.  Some shocking statistics:

•      1 in 4 college women will experience sexual assault during her academic career. (Hirsch, 1990)

•      Women between the ages of 16-24 years have the highest victimization rates in the country. (Bureau of Justice, 1990)

•      At least 80% of all sexual assaults are committed by an acquaintance of the victim. (Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2001)

•     48.8% of college women who were victims of attacks that met the study’s definition of rape did not consider what happened to them rape. (Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2000)

•      In a survey of high school students, 56% of girls and 76% of boys [some of whom may be incoming college freshmen] believed forced sex was acceptable under some circumstances. (Acquaintance Rape: The Hidden Crime, 1991)

•      When looking at college students, 74% of perpetrators and 55% of rape victims had been drinking alcohol prior to the assault. (Koss, 1988)

•       Rape or sexual assault was the violent crime least often reported to law enforcement (28%). (Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2000)

•       Only 16% of rapes are ever reported to the police. In a survey of victims who do not report rape or attempted rape to the police, the following was found as to why no report was made: 43% thought nothing could be done, 27% felt it was a private matter, 12% were afraid of police response, and 12% felt it was not important enough. (Kirkpatrick, et al., 1992)

This fair is geared towards decreasing these statistics and changing the perception of the college culture by making it less tolerant of violence in any form. Your organization’s support of this cause and your help makes large strides towards meeting our goal.

If you choose to participate, your organization will receive the following at the event: one table with a canopy, two chairs, and one SDSU parking permit. While participating in the fair your organization will be able to hand out information, advertise the services that your organization offers, recruit volunteers, and any other creative ideas you may come up with that align with the mission of the fair. Please keep in mind that university rules prevent you from selling anything on campus. It is completely FREE to reserve a table at the fair for your organization, so don’t miss out on this great opportunity!

If your organization would like a table at the Second Annual These Hands Don’t Hurt violence awareness and prevention fair, please RSVP by March 31st to thesehands.sdsu@gmail.com.

Please do not hesitate to email us if you have any questions about the event. You can also visit our Youtube page and watch a video from last year’s fair at www.youtube.com/TheseHandsDontHurt

Thank you in advance for your support.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Julie-Anne Brou

Founder, These Hands Don’t Hurt

thesehands.sdsu@gmail.com.

www.facebook.com/thesehands.sdsu

The success of the first annual “These Hands Don’t Hurt” fair proves the educational and inspirational merit that is provided by attending this event. Domestic violence is much too prevalent in our society, and educating our community is the first and most important step towards building a safer community. Mark your calendars now and be sure to attend this year’s event!

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