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April activities to focus on sexual assault awareness, prevention

March 28, 2019
students walking past a large sea of small red flags planted in the ground in front of Wilson Commons.Students walk past 720 flags displayed on Wilson Quad representing the individuals who are sexually assaulted every day in the United States, set up by RESTORE for Sexual Assault Awareness Month in 2017. RESTORE serves the University and Rochester communities with crisis intervention and support services for victims of sexual assault and their families. (University photo / J. Adam Fenster)

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), a time to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on how to end it. The University’s Title IX Office is hosting a number of SAAM events throughout the month to bring awareness to the issue of sexual assault, and inform the community of the resources available to everyone, which include learning skills to prevent sexual misconduct.

Learn more about SAAM
through the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC).

Throughout April, teal ribbons will be available at Taylor Hall 21A for people to wear and show their support to sexual assault survivors.

Rush Rhees Library will again be the site of Mailbox of Hope messages, where everyone is encouraged to write a note to all sexual assault survivors letting them know there is support for them. The notes will be displayed in Rush Rhees library from April 1-12.

The Clothesline Project invites members of the University community to design t-shirts that will create a visual display of the real impacts of sexual assault and interpersonal abuse, and to pay homage to victims and survivors. Shirts will be displayed outside of the Goergen Athletic Center April 9-11 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

a clothesline if covered with t-shirt carrying messages of support for survivors of sexual assault.

T-shirts designed in support of sexual assault survivors are displayed outside of the Goergen Athletic Center as part of the Clothesline Project in 2018.

“The Clothesline Project is a nationwide event that helps promote visibility, education, and action around the issues of sexual violence and abuse on campuses,” said Tiffany Street, assistant director for educational outreach in the Title IX Office. “The University invites everyone to use the t-shirts to make a strong personal statement about sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, sexual harassment, or abuse perceived on race, sexual orientation, and/or disability.” Survivors and allies are asked to tell their stories on t-shirts using words, artwork, and/or decorations.

An outdoor display of 720 flags, each representing one of the 720 people sexually assaulted every day in the United States will go on display April 15-17 near Dandelion Square. Hosted by RESTORE, the small orange flags represent a stark statistic: every two minutes, someone in the United States is sexually assaulted. That’s 720 people every day.

RESTORE Sexual Assault Services holds hours on River Campus for students to meet with college advocates. RESTORE services are free and confidential. For more information, visit https://restoresas.org.

For more information on sexual misconduct prevention, see https://www.rochester.edu/sexualmisconduct/prevention.html.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month Events

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