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Sexual Misconduct Awareness and Response Team (SMART)
Los Angeles Valley College is committed to the maintenance of an environment that is supportive of its primary educational mission and free from all exploitation and intimidation. The college will not tolerate rape, sexual assault, or other forcible and non-forcible sex offenses and supports the LACCD Policy (Section 67385(d), Calif. Ed. Code.) for students, faculty and staff by sponsoring prevention, intervention, and education programs specifically addressing these offenses. Information and awareness programs are offered at various times by way of a variety of events throughout the year. The College recognizes the importance of assisting individuals who are victims of sexual assault and helping them to regain a sense of personal control over their lives and decisions.
Our responsibility is to provide every individual on campus support if needed and our commitment is to ensure that all campus communities develop respect and tolerance for each other and each other’s cultures.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved from the first Day of Unity observed in October, 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The intent was to connect battered women's advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children. The Day of Unity soon became a special week when a range of activities were conducted at the local, state, and national levels. The Day of Unity is celebrated the first Monday in October. The NCADV hopes that events in communities and regions across the fifty states will culminate in a powerful statement celebrating the strength of battered women and their children.
Designated as Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), April brings an annual opportunity to focus awareness on sexual violence and prevention. It is also an opportunity to highlight the efforts of individuals and agencies that provide rape crisis intervention and prevention services while offering support to sexual assault survivors, victims, and their families. SAAM raises awareness of sexual violence and its prevention through special events while highlighting sexual violence as a major public health issue and reinforcing the need for prevention efforts (http://www.nsvrc.org/saam/).
Denim Day is held in April. Denim Day in Los Angeles began in 1998 as a call to action sponsored by the Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women. Every year since, the LACAAW has organized Denim Day in L.A. as a rape prevention education campaign, asking community members, elected officials, businesses and students to make a social statement with their fashion statement and wear jeans as a visible means of protest against myths that surround sexual assault.