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SUNY Cortland Focuses On What Individuals Can Do To End Sexual Violence

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During the week of April 2-6, and for the rest of the month of April SUNY Cortland hopes to raise awareness of Sexual Violence.

The college Title IX office as well as campus groups such as Students Active for Ending Rape (SAFER) and Greek organizations will host events under the banner “It’s On Us.”

Nanette Pasquarello, SUNY Cortland Title IX Director (photo provided)

Nan Pasquarella is Title IX director. She told X101 News that “Ordinary people can do small things to intervene and hopefully, prevent, and create a better environment where sexual assault’s not acceptable and we support survivors who’ve gone through it.”

One effort is the Green Egg Dot Hunt where students find green eggs placed around the campus. “Green Dot is a program that we have on campus which is kind of a fun, positive, bystander intervention promoting program, trying to get people to understand that small actions add up to big change,” said Pasquarella.

The initiative asks everyone to promote a positive campus culture by making ethical, everyday decisions. Pasquarella explains, “Inside will be positive messages or educational messages about bystander intervention, and on Friday, in the afternoon, students can bring the messages that they find for some very nice prizes.”

Pasquarella described one of the featured Monday night events is a Speak Up panel. “We’re going to have our second annual Speak Up panel, which is going to be a panel of students who are going to talk experiences with sexual violence, their awareness of, and how this issue has impacted lives.”

This panel will explore a more ethnically diverse perspective on sexual violence at 7 pm in the Corey Union Lounge.

Link: SUNY Cortland “It’s On Us” Overview

X101 News will cover additional events in our newscasts and here at WXHC.com

 

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