Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April events include 'Take Back the Night' march

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1:41 p.m., March 22, 2011--The Sexual Assault Prevention and Education Committee of the University of Delaware has announced the annual Sexual Assault Awareness Month events and programs for April.

The month will feature a combination of traditional annual events like the "Take Back the Night" march and the third annual men's "Walk in Her Shoes" march, as well as new events.

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It also will feature nationally recognized guest speakers like survivor Mark Crawford; guest artist Arla Patch, who will offer a healing mask-making workshop for survivors of sexual violence; a new documentary on boys and men as survivors of sexual abuse; opportunities for victims to speak out; a networking opportunity for students who wish to go into a field addressing sexual violence, and much more.

All events, both on campus and in the community, are listed and described on the website.

Jessica Schiffman, assistant professor in the Department of Women’s Studies and event co-chair, said, “Sexual assault has been an intractable problem. We are determined to bring knowledge about it to the UD community so that we can help reduce the incidence and provide appropriate assistance to those who experience sexual assault.”

Angela Seguin, program coordinator for Wellspring and event co-chair, added, “Sexual Assault Awareness Month is one of many efforts happening on our campus to educate students about the problem of sexual assault at UD, nationally and globally.”

She said the month is a chance “to reach out to victims on our campus to make them aware of resources and to give them an opportunity to speak out and be heard. It is also an opportunity for all students to be activists around this issue and campaign to transform our campus culture into one that expects clear sexual communication, seeks fairness and justice for victims, and that encourages students to be courageous bystanders.”

Article by Greta Gibboney

 

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