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April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month

by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 04, 2016
April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month

   East Georgia State College is hosting campus events for the month of April to increase sexual assault awareness and prevention. Beginning April 1 and running through the entire month, resource tables will be available around the campuses of all three of EGSC’s locations—Swainsboro, Statesboro and Augusta.
   On April 4 – 8, Chalk the Walk for Sexual Assault Awareness and prevention. Take the message to the sidewalks or the streets, where students, faculty and staff can write messages of hope and healing with sidewalk chalk. Suggested messages include “healing happens,” “we believe you,” Consent is sexy! Make sure you have it—every time, every partner!” and more.
   On April 11, visit one of the resource tables to sign the proclamation showing support in the eradication of sexual violence and receive your teal awareness ribbon. The EGSC campus community must work together to educate our community about sexual violence prevention, supporting survivors and speaking out against harmful attitudes and actions. Prevention is possible when everyone gets involved!
   On April 20, join us on the front lawn of student housing for a Poetry Slam Against Violence at 7 p.m. You don’t have to be a poet! Students will read their poems without props, costumes, or music. Works performed can be original or the work of another poet. Poems should be centered around the topics of sexual violence, community activism, survival, hope, empowerment, and healing. Poems are limited to three minutes. Participants can enter to win prizes, and light refreshments will be served. Keep an eye out for posters on how to sign up.
   April 26, It’s On Us in the Gambrell Building Auditorium at 11 a.m. A speaker from Statesboro Regional Sexual Assault Center will present a program and there will be two script readings, “What a Night” and “Double Take,” performed by EGSC students. The program will be live-streamed to EGSC-Augusta and EGSC-Statesboro.
   On April 27, join us for Denim Day and wear jeans with a purpose. All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to wear jeans as a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault. The campaign for Denim Day was originally triggered by a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that, since the victim was wearing tight jeans, she must have helped her rapist remove them, thereby implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. Peace Over Violence developed the Denim Day campaign in response to this case and the activism surrounding it. Since then, wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault.
   Join EGSC this April as we work towards bringing awareness to sexual assault and violence, and show your support by attending these events throughout the month.

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Last Edited: April 27, 2016 by Katelyn Moore