2023 – AXΩ participates in ADPi Flag Football in Doak with guest coach, Josh from Best Buddies & Coach Brandon!

The ladies of Alpha Chi Omega’s intramural flag football game, got back together this spring for a day of Flag “powder puff” football in Doak Campbell supporting the Ronald McDonald house (Alpha Delta Pi’s national philanthropy) The team had practices leading up to the event – being coached by Brandon W, who worked with FSU Football Team as an equipment manager during the 2023 season and the team invited Josh, a member of best buddies, to served as the teams assistant coach for the day. (The team even got the coaches shirts – have to make them official right?) Needless to say both Brandon and Josh had a blast – as did the ladies of Alpha Chi!

Leading up to the event the chapter collected pop tabs, nearly 8,000 of them!!! Why pop tabs? It’s the sweetest way (in our opinion) to support the Ronald McDonald House Charities – The chapter learned that Ronald McDonald House typically receives between $0.40 to $0.50 per pound of pop tabs. This program brings in an average of $6,000 each year to the local RM House. It takes approximately 1,128 pop tabs to equal one pound. [Member Lauren G – heard this and collected 1547 (yup she counted)]

We learned from talking to the folks from Ronald McDonald House that the Pop Tab program is important because it provides extra revenue that can help make up for the donations that families cannot make. To house one family at Ronald McDonald House Charities© is between $100-$140 per night. On average the local house asks for a $10 per night room contribution from our families, but no family is turned away based on the inability to pay. With this news – the team collected EIGHT THOUSAND pop tabs and was the #1 fundraiser for the event!!! Congratulations team way to make an impact!

2023 – Best Buddies Friendship Walk

We have written about Best Buddies on the blog before, Best Buddies is an international non-profit organization that focuses on forming friendships with people with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as providing opportunities for leadership and jobs. Here at FSU, the organization fosters a positive environment based first and foremost on inclusion. Each month, our members participate in fun and exciting events, such as our Field Day, Talent Show, Holiday party and much more! Additionally, we host a Gala in the fall and a Friendship Walk in the spring. This is a fantastic organization to join if you are looking to meet awesome people and create life-long friendships. We are blessed as chapter to have members involved at various levels. Member Carly S, serves as Chapter President, Karsyn F, as Greek Relations Coordinator and member Megan G serves as Alpha Chi Omega’s delegate. We have sisters who are involved as buddies, event coordinators and general members!!!

This spring, Best Buddies held their annual friendship walk. The event was held at the campus intramural fields. The day had a walk, games, food and of course FUN!

2023 – Supporting FSU Greek & Campus Philanthropies

Every fraternity and sorority believes in making a difference in the world, and members of the FSU Greek Community never stop giving back. Greek organizations at FSU host their own community service and philanthropic activities as well as participate in Dance Marathon, Relay or Life, and other major campus service events, devoting countless hours and millions of dollars to causes greater than themselves. We feel so blessed to have the privilege and ability to give back not just to our altruism but to be able to support greek and campus philanthropies alike. Below are some snapshots from spring 2023! You can learn more about Dance Marathon here, Best Buddies here, and Relay for Life here.

2023 – Sexual Assault Awareness Month #SAAM Social Media Campaign

April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). As part of our chapters’ commitment we worked to support national awareness campaigns, facilitated educational opportunities, and hosted events in support of this cause!  Each week during #SAAM we had a specific focus to ensure a holistic approach to Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Throughout the month we tabled at market Wednesday on campus, learn more here

WEEK OF APRIL 3-9: RAISING AWARENESS START WITH THE HISTORY OF SAAM

Did you know that Sexual Assault Awareness Month has been recognized nationally since the early 2000s? For us to serve as the best advocates for a future free from violence, we have to understand our current realities and the past that led us to this point.

To help educate the chapter members about SAAM, Alpha Chi Omega created a 30-minute program, The History of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, we facilitated this during the chapter to educate members on the history of Sexual Assault Awareness  Month and the prevalence of sexual violence in the United State

WEEK OF APRIL 10-16: SUPPORTING SURVIVORS SUPPORTING SURVIVORS

Often, people want to help survivors but might not know where to start. Whether someone in your life has disclosed a sexual assault to you or you just want to be prepared, take the time this month to learn about survivor response. We shared the above and below graphics to learn how to “TALK” about sexual violence. For those reading, we also want to share other resources available to help you navigate as you support the survivors in your life and in your community, as well. (we shared these on social and our internal forum, but we want everyone to have) You can utilize the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800-656-HOPE, online.rainn.org and rainn.org/es), which will connect you with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area.

The chapter also posted affirmative graphics to show our support for  survivors and show your community that you are committed to speaking up about sexual violence.

WEEK OF APRIL 17-23: ACTION AND ADVOCACY

BYSTANDER INTERVENTION

There are many ways to take action to eradicate sexual violence, and it all starts with prevention. The only person responsible for committing sexual assault is the perpetrator, but all of us can look out for each other’s safety. The chapter worked to facilitate a conversation about bystander intervention using Alpha Chi Omega’s Challenging Bystander Behavior Program with Purpose. (see the participant worksheets we utilized below)

LEARN FROM RAINN

Alpha Chi Omega nationally is proud to be RAINN’s first national sorority partner. RAINN is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800-656 HOPE,  online.rainn.org  , and rainn.org/es) and is a national leader in survivor support and advocacy. For those reading: Here are some ways you can get involved with RAINN and better support survivors in your community. Check out RAINN’s SAAM theme this year: Let’s Heal Together.

We also posted the above poster that Alpha Chi Omega HQ shared with us. The poster was created in partnership with Pi Kappa Phi, Sigma Nu and Zeta Tau Alpha to create the Harm Reduction Alliance educational poster for members on the importance of consent. Our hope in posting in our kitchenette was that the poster would “START A CONVERSATION ON CONSENT” – so our members can Take action by talking about consent during SAAM! We recognize that asking for consent may feel uncomfortable, however, we know it is a critical part of the conversation before initiating or participating in sexual activity with a partner.

WEEK OF APRIL 24-30: REFLECTION AND REMEMBRANCE


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26: DENIM DAY (Learn more about how AXΩ commemorated)
Denim Day is a great day to get out in your community to recognize the impact sexual violence has on all of us. Nearly 25 years ago, the Italian Supreme Court overturned a rape conviction because the justices felt that since the survivor was wearing tight jeans, she must have helped her rapist remove them, thereby implying consent. Since then, wearing jeans on Denim Day around the world has become a symbol of protest against flawed and destructive attitudes about  sexual assault and a way to raise  awareness  during  Sexual  Assault  Awareness Month.  Learn more about the history of Denim Day.

2023 – Tabling for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is national Sexual Assault Awareness Month. As part of our philanthropic mission, Alpha Chi Omegas are dedicated to educating ourselves on and raising awareness about the prevalence of sexual violence and supporting survivors, not just in April but year-round. Sisters joined in this commitment by supporting national awareness campaigns, participating in educational opportunities and protesting sexual violence on Denim Day! This month we set up a table during market Wednesday’s to share #SAAM information, Promote Walk a Mile, and share resources on campus

2023 – AXΩ’s @ Florida State University OFSL New member Institute

The New Member Institute (NMI) brings together the newest members of the fraternity and sorority life community for a 3-day leadership experience. The curriculum focuses on teaching attendees about design thinking and how they can solve problems by leading with empathy. Attendees will also have time to form connections with other new members and learn more about the FSL community at FSU. AXΩ Members in attendance had an amazing time, so amazing that they only snapped a few photos!


 

2023 – AXΩ Commemorates International Denim Day

Denim Day takes place on the last Wednesday of April, which is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This day of action and awareness is an event in which people are encouraged to wear denim to combat victim blaming and educate others about sexual violence.The day comes following a high profile Italian rape trial where the survivor was blamed for her rape because of the type of jeans she was wearing.In protest and solidarity, individuals are encouraged to wear denim to combat the idea that rape and sexual violence are the fault or responsibility of survivors.

In 1992 in Muro Lucano, Italy 60 miles from Naples, an 18 year old girl came forward after experiencing sexual violence following her first driving lesson. The teenager recounted how the driving instructor, a 45-year-old man, drove her to an isolated area, forced her to get out of the vehicle, forcibly removed one leg of her jeans, enacted sexual violence and raped the teen, then told her that if she was to tell anyone he would kill her. Immediately following the incident the girl alerted her parents and the police.

The rapist was convicted and sentenced to a lesser charge of indecent exposure. The survivor appealed the sentence resulting in a subsequent conviction on all charges. The (then) convicted rapist appealed to the Italian Supreme Court, which overturned the conviction in a 1998 decision that indicated since the survivors jeans were very tight she must have participated in the rape. The “jeans alibi” was used to argue that since the jeans were so tight, the only way to have gotten them off was if the survivor aided her attacker in removing her jeans, thus making the act consensual. The Italian Supreme Court stated in its decision “it is a fact of common experience that it is nearly impossible to slip off tight jeans even partly without the active collaboration of the person who is wearing them.”[8] As of 2008 the Italian Supreme Court has overturned their findings, and there is no longer a “denim” defense to the charge of rape.

The indication that women’s choice of jeans or clothing is indicative of consent sparked widespread outrage and protest starting with Italian government officials. The day after the decision, members of the Italian Parliament protested by wearing jeans and holding placards that read “Jeans: An Alibi for Rape”, no male members of the Italian Parliament participated. The female parliamentary members that organized the protest belonged to the Polo della Libertà, a political coalition headed by Silvio Berlusconi. Among the most vocal and active critics of the sentence were Alessandra Mussolini, Stefania Prestigiacomo and Cristina Matranga.As a sign of solidarity and support, the California Senate and Assembly followed suit ]Inspired by these events, Patricia Giggans, Executive Director of the Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women (now Peace Over Violence), established Denim Day in Los Angeles in 1999.  It has since become an annual, international event, involving over 12 million people around the world, according to Peace Over Violence.[ As of 2011, at least 20 U.S. states officially recognize Denim Day in April. Wearing jeans on this day has become an international symbol of protest against such attitudes about sexual assault.