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Rallying Against Sexual Assault (RASA)

RASA is a student led organization on the University Campus. Our mission aims to raise awareness about sexual violence, educate our community on consent and bystander intervention, and support survivors.

Our organization invites you to join as a peer educator, one of the most important roles on our campus. Peer educators are passionate about what this organization stands for and strive to educate Ole Miss students on sexual assault and relationship violence. If you would like to join RASA, please email us at or direct message us on our instagram page @umrasa.

Events and Functions

RASA holds many events and functions throughout the school year.

Fall Events:

  • Its On Us Week- last week of October. Visit the website to see what the Its On Us campaign is all about and take the pledge!
  • RASA will be setting up bins for “Its on Us” week at Longstreet hall and the second floor of the Union to donate Care Kit items. Donatable items include:
  1. Journals
  2. Coloring books/supplies
  3. Candles
  4. Fidget toys
  5. Face masks
  6. Hand sanitizer
  7. Fuzzy socks
  8. Art supplies
  9. books

Our goal is to care for survivors of sexual assault through providing them with basic self-care items. Care Kits will be given through the office of Violence Prevention and Intervention.

  • October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. You can find out more information about steps, safety planning, and support under our Assault, Domestic Violence tab.
  • We wear purple on Purple Thursday (a day in October) to raise awareness and support survivors affected by Domestic Violence. Here is an article from our Assistant Director, Shelli Poole, discussing the importance of Purple Thursday!

Spring Events:

February, in addition to Black History Month, is Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Month. In an effort to promote healthy relationships, the Violence Prevention Office, the CCRT and its partners are asking students, faculty and staff to share what love means to them.

Our Love is… Ole Miss campaign is both on social media and in person.  February 9-12 join us outside of the Union between 11 am and 1 pm to grab a heart and write what love is to you.

Can’t make it to the table? Print the template below and share on your own social media accounts with #loveisolemiss and tag us @OleMissVPO.

Before this Valentine’s Day, we can show each other what a healthy relationship means to each other and across our campus.

Need some ideas? Here are Vice Chancellor Hephner LaBanc and Dean of Students Mindy Sutton’s hearts along with one from our friends on twitter!

BrandiHephnerLaBanc Dean SuttonLove is...considerate

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