USciences Students Raise Awareness About Sexual Assault

By Pooja Patel DOT'17 and Leah Groenewal DOT'17

It's On USciences ribbon making during Sexual Assault Awareness MonthTo raise awareness about this prevalence and educate the USciences community on how to prevent sexual violence, the Office of the Dean of Students, Student Health & Counseling (SHAC), and Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority, Inc (Alpha Zeta Chapter) collaborated to implement the “It’s On USciences" campaign during national Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April.

The month-long campaign to raise awareness of sexual violence on college campuses began with a bathroom stall campaign in which flyers containing striking statistics about sexual violence were hung in all bathroom stalls across campus. According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, one in five women and one in 16 men are victims of sexual violence while in college. 

The campaign continued with infographics displayed across campus TV screens, a resource table outside of SHAC, and an installment of “The Clothesline Project.” Events included a bake sale, ribbon-making, COMBAT: Step, Stroll, and Dance Competition, Spa Night, a speaker from Women Organized Against Rape (WOAR), and Denim Day. Additional events promoting prevention and prompting action against sexual violence included Make the Pledge and WOAR’s Becoming an Active Bystander training.

Many students, staff, and faculty participated in these events, including 83 students and staff members who made the pledge to stand up against sexual violence and support survivors. While the events and campaigns have concluded for this month, members of the campus community are encouraged to continue supporting this cause, raising awareness, and taking action.

Categories: Students, Event