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Sexual Assault Awareness Month Begins April 1
The Office of Health Promotion, in partnership with student organizations, offices across campus and community partners, is hosting Sexual Assault Awareness Month throughout the month of April. The month offers educational, empowering and engaging programs and events to promote the importance of raising awareness about and supporting those impacted by sexual and relationship violence.
Throughout the entire month, the Hall of Languages will be lit in teal, the month’s official color. On Tuesday, April 3, campus community members are encouraged to show their support for survivors of sexual assault by wearing teal for Teal Tuesday, hosted by the It’s On Us SU campus organizers. To be prepared for Teal Tuesday, campus community members can pick up a teal ribbon from Schine Atrium on Monday, April 2. Offices are also invited to participate in the Go Teal office decorating contest. Registration is due by Monday, April 16.
“It’s important that people show their support for Sexual Assault Awareness Month because it’s such a pervasive issue here and all over the world. When one person shows their support, whether by showing up to an event, sharing information with a peer, wearing a teal ribbon to show support for survivors or using a hashtag, they’re doing their part to make the world a safer space, not only for themselves and for survivors, but also the broader community. Showing up, in whatever capacity one can while still practicing self-care, truly can make such a difference,” says Emily Durand ’18, a student in the College of Arts and Science and School of Education. Durand is also an It’s On Us student advisory committee member.
This year’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month will engage the campus community in new ways. On Monday, April 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Schine Underground, the Office of Health Promotion and Theta Chi Fraternity are hosting “Phallacies,” an entertaining and enlightening comedic performance by an organization working to support masculinities that are healthy for individuals, families and communities.
The month continues with screenings, visual displays and discussions, including “Food for Thought,” a sexual assault campus resource fair and panel discussion hosted by the Office of Equal Opportunity, Inclusion and Resolution Services (EOIRS). The resource fair and panel discussion is Tuesday, April 17, from noon to 1 p.m. in Schine 228B; a light lunch will be provided. The campus community will have the opportunity to meet individuals from campus departments fighting to end sexual assault on campus and discover options for support available to students, faculty and staff at SU. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., resources will be tabling in Schine Atrium.
In addition to the events above, the month will feature the It’s On Us Chipotle Fundraiser (April 2), Survivor Love Letter Writing (April 3), From #MeToo to #NowWhat: Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Panel (April 4), Trans Liberation Now! (April 4), Cookies and Consent (Every Thursday in April), Imagine a World Without Sexual Violence Vision Board (April 9-16), Miss Representation Film Screening (April 11), Be Orange Student Training Session (April 13), Jarring III Book Collection Display (April 13-30), Intersection of Alcohol and Sexual Violence Visual Display (April 16), Trivia and Tenders with the PEEHRS (April 18), Trauma Informed Yoga (April 23), and Sport Venue and Event Management (SVEM) Panel: Domestic and Sexual Assault (April 26).
For details on each of the events, visit the Sexual Assault Awareness Month calendar.
Sexual Assault Awareness Month is a Universitywide collaboration made possibly by the Office of Health Promotion, Chancellor’s Task Force on Sexual and Relationship Violence, Newhouse School, EOIRS, Counseling Center, Office of Student Assistance, Vera House Inc., Office of Student Activities, Theta Chi Fraternity, Student Association, Women in Communications, Art Against Assault, SVEM Graduate Program, Department of Public Safety, Syracuse University Libraries, It’s On Us SU campus organizers, Falk College, International Socialist Organization, Student Centers and Programming Services, ROTC, Students Advocating for Sexual Safety and Empowerment (SASSE) and Peer Educators Encouraging Healthy Relationships and Sexuality (PEEHRS).
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