KU Events Mark Sexual Assault Awareness Month
April 21, 2014
KUTZTOWN, Pa. - Kutztown University will host two events on Thursday, April 24 in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. These events are intended to raise awareness about sexual assault and unify individuals against violence in their communities.
Kutztown University's Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance (FMLA) student group will host the Clothesline Project, a visual display of T-shirts that tells the story of abuse survivors, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., outside in the College Hill Memorial Grove.
Participants will have the opportunity to view the shirts that demonstrate the pain and suffering of the survivors, aid in the healing process and celebrate their strength and courage to overcome the past. T-shirts and paint will be available in the Women's Center Oasis, Old Main, room 3, for those who would like to tell their story on a t-shirt. For more information about the Clothesline Project, stop by the Women's Center, Old Main 126, or visit http://www.clotheslineproject.org/.
FMLA and the Women's Center will host its annual Take Back the Night event from 7 to 9 p.m., outdoors in the Alumni Plaza. This event gives students, faculty, staff and members of the community a chance to speak out and share their stories on this one powerful night. FMLA encourages students, faculty, staff and community members to celebrate the survivors with performances and poetry. A candlelight vigil will follow. The event continues with a march around campus, ending in the Old Main Lobby, where refreshments will be served.
The first Take Back the Night movement occurred in Philadelphia in 1975 and has continued throughout the world as a way for people to take a stand against sexual violence and speak out against these horrible crimes. Kutztown University has empowered survivors of abuse by hosting Take Back the Night for more than 15 years.
Persons who have completed HEART training will receive their certificates during this event. HEART at KU operates with Berks Women and Crisis (BWIC) to increase awareness and provide support to victims of sexual assault or relationship violence. The trained, certified advocates offer support during the initial interview by campus law enforcement; accompany victims at the hospital; and inform about additional resources and services at the request of the victim.
For more information, please visit the Women's Center, Old Main 126 or http://takebackthenight.org/.