Sexual Assault Awareness Month at Sacramento State starts off Monday, March 28 at 11 a.m. in the WELL lobby. An opening ceremony features a 9-foot-tall high heel that is a symbol for “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes,” a worldwide campaign that encourages men to demonstrate their stand against violence by walking a mile in high heels. President Nelsen will speak, along with members of the ASI Board of Directors.
“Sexual Assault Awareness Month is an opportunity to bring more attention to the issue of sexual violence, which affects so many of us,” says Reva Wittenberg, associate director of campus wellness for Student Health and Counseling Services. “Nationally, one in five women experience sexual assault while in college. Men also experience sexual assault, and the LGBTQ population is particularly at risk. Most survivors never tell anyone or get the support they need, and this can seriously impact their academic success as well as other areas of their lives.
“We need to break the silence around this issue, end victim-blaming, and create a community of active bystanders who will take action to prevent violence before it starts.”
“Sac State is committed to addressing this issue, providing victim-centered support, and creating a safe community where our students can succeed and thrive,” she says.
EVENT HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE
Sign the “It’s On Us” Pledge, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, April 4, Library Quad. In 2014, President Barack Obama launched the “It’s On Us” initiative, an awareness campaign to help put an end to sexual assault on college campuses. Lauren Lombardo, then-president of ASI, signed the White House pledge on behalf of Sacramento State. Students are invited to stop by the Library Quad and sign the “It’s On Us” pledge. Presented by ASI and Student Health and Counseling Services.
“Let’s Get Real, Talk About Teal,” 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 7, Wellness Hub at the University Union, and 6 p.m. Thursday, April 28, American River Courtyard large conference room. Teal is the official color of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This wellness workshop will focus on conversations about sexual assault, including bystander intervention and how to support survivors of sexual assault. Presented by Student Health and Counseling Services and Peer Health Educators.
15th annual Sac State Take Back the Night, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14, Library Quad. Will include a roundtrip march to the residence halls to raise awareness of sexual violence and to encourage the campus community’s commitment to activism. Presented by Peer Health Educators and ASI.
Denim Day at Sac State, Wednesday, April 27. The campus community is encouraged to wear denim as part of a national campaign to draw attention to misconceptions surrounding sexual assault. Denim Day was created after the Italian Supreme Court in 1998 overturned a rape conviction and ruled that the victim implied consent when she helped her attacker remove her tight jeans. Women in the Italian Parliament wore jeans to work the following day to show solidarity with the victim. The court later overturned its “denim defense.” #DenimDay
“Men Who Ask” Workshop, 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 28, The WELL’s Terrace Suite. Sac State fraternity men discuss their pledge to end sexual violence against women. In 2014, the Women’s Resource Center created the “Men Who Ask” campaign to allow fraternity members to take an active role in preventing sexual assault. Some men also volunteered for bystander intervention training. Presented by the Women’s Resource Center.
For more information, please visit the Student Health and Counseling Services website, https://shcssacstate.org.