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SUNY Cortland Hosting Events For April’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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SUNY Cortland is holding several events throughout the month of April aimed at preventing sexual assault.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and members of the campus community say they have planned two solid weeks of daily activities aimed at making SUNY Cortland an exception to the disturbing statistics on assault facing college campuses nationwide.

Research shows that during their time in college, 1 in 5 women and 1 in 16 men are sexually attacked, 40 percent of survivors fear reprisal by their attacker and only 2 percent of incapacitated rape survivors report their assault.

From the SUNY Cortland release:

First up are the It’s On Us Action Team’s events:

Monday, April 1: Professor of Health Jena Curtis, who coordinates Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, will lead a discussion of the short film “A Girl Like Anna: a Conversation on Sexual Violence” from 5 to 6:30 p.m., in Sperry Center, Room 105. The film addresses how friends tend to handle the news of a companion’s sexual assault, in some cases blaming the victim. Participants will learn how they can instead offer support to survivors of sexual violence.

Tuesday, April 2: Trained student, faculty and staff facilitators will conduct a One Love Foundation “Escalation Workshop” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Sperry Center, Room 105. Details on this and a future One Love Foundation “Behind the Post Workshop” will be announced in the next Bulletinon March 26.

Wednesday, April 3: The College’s Health Promotions office will use its weekly Wellness Wednesday activity to raise awareness about the reality of U.S. sex trafficking. The program, titled “Who Is Jane Doe?,” will be presented by Health Educator Lauren Scagnelli ’12, M ’14. The discussion will begin at 6 p.m. in Corey Union Exhibition Lounge.

Thursday, April 4: The It’s On Us Action Team is sponsoring an “It’s On Us Pledging and T-shirt Giveaway” from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Student Life Center Lobby. The activities invite members of the campus community to commit to standing up for others rather than standing by when they perceive a sexual assault might happen. All month long, students will be urged to educate themselves about the meaning of consent and sign the “It’s On Us” pledge to act against sexual abuse.

Friday, April 5: A second “It’s On Us Pledging” event is planned along with a “T-shirt Tie-dye Event” from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Casey/Smith Towers lounge.

Sunday, April 7: The College’s third annual Yards for Yeardley event seeking to raise awareness regarding healthy and unhealthy relationships with college students is set for noon to 4 p.m. in the Lusk Field House. Details will be given in the next Bulletin.

SAFER’s Week of Action fills the following week, with a few events later in April, said Pasquarello, who serves as advisor to this student club.

For SAFER event details, contact club president Andreanna Whitaker.

Monday, April 1: SAFER members are showing support for the YWCA’s Aid to Victims of Violence by hosting The Clothesline Project in Corey Union. The graphic T-shirt display shares allows victims of relationship violence to share the emotions they would find hard to express in person.

Monday, April 8: SAFER will hold an informational event called “Support Systems for Sexual Assault Survivors” starting at 7 p.m. in the Corey Union Function Room.

Tuesday, April 9: An emotional healing and empowerment event called “Let It Go” will start at 7 p.m. in Corey Union, Room 301. “Let it Go” is an opportunity for participants to write out the pains and hurts they have been holding onto,” Pasquarello said. “They are going to create collages as a creative way to reach emotional healing.”

Wednesday, April 10: SUNY Cortland University Police Department Officer Frank Dalton will conduct a self-defense and empowerment program called “Kicking It With Confidence.” The workshop will run from 7 to 9 p.m. in Corey Union Fireplace Lounge.

Thursday, April 11: Tables will display resources on sexual assault from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Student Life Center Lobby.

Friday, April 12: The third annual “Speak Up,” a gathering of SAFER, Phi Iotas and other groups to share stories that raise awareness of and support for survivors of dating and domestic violence, is from 6 to 9 p.m. in Sperry Center, Room 105. SAFER plans to screen a video that members are working on regarding marginalized voices of sexual and intimate partner violence.

Saturday, April 13: “Speak Up” continues from 6 to 10 p.m. in the Corey Union Function Room. SAFER is creating a play to stage during the evening.

Wednesday, April 17: SAFER will again lead a Take Back the Night March at 8 p.m. starting from the Corey Union steps.

For more information, contact Nan Pasquarello, the College’s Title IX coordinator at 607-753-2263 or the email linked to her last name.

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