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Kent State Marks Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Posted Apr. 7, 2014
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As part of activities and events marking Sexual Assault
Awareness Month, the Kent State University Women's
Center will host the annual "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes"
event on April 15. "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" is a men's
march that helps to bring awareness to end sexual
violence against women.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and Kent State University’s Office of Sexual and Relationship Violence Support Services and the Women’s Center have teamed up with several other campus groups to sponsor an array of educational and awareness-raising events on campus. 

Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the following programs:

He Said-She Said
Monday, April 7, 8 p.m. at 214 Ritchie Hall
 
Intending to bring about personal reflection, this program dissects a real life “he-said, she-said” case study, giving voice to both sides of the salient conversation. The message of ending sexual violence is powerful and charged with an intensity that stems from a profound understanding of the importance of clear communication and responsible decision making.
 
Soup and Substance: Sexual Violence Against Dalit Women in India
Friday, April 11, noon at the Student Multicultural Center (Room 206, Kent Student Center)
 
Thenmozhi Soundararajan, a filmmaker, singer and grassroots media organizer, and Asha Kowtal, an activist, will speak about the sexual violence that is committed against Dalit (outcast) women in India. A light lunch will be available.
 
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes
Tuesday, April 15, 5:30 p.m. at the Student Green
 
Register online at http://ksuwam2014.eventbrite.com  through April 13 or at the door.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes®: The International Men's March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault and Gender Violence is a united gender movement where men are a part of the solution to end sexualized violence. The program raises awareness in the community about the serious causes and effects of sexual assault by walking around campus in high heels.
 
Shirt and Banner Making (for the Clothesline Project and Take Back the Night)
Monday, April 21, 7-8:30 p.m. at the Carriage House (Behind Nixon Hall)
Tuesday, April 22, 5-7 p.m. at the Carriage House (Behind Nixon Hall)

Come make a shirt for the Clothesline Project or a banner to carry on the Take Back the Night march. All supplies will be provided.
 
The Clothesline Project
Monday, April 28, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on the second floor of the Kent Student Center
 
The Clothesline Project is a visual display of shirts with messages and illustrations that have been designed by survivors of sexual violence, by their friends or by their families. The purpose is to increase awareness of the impact of violence against women, men and children, to celebrate their strength to survive and to provide another avenue for victims to courageously break the silence.
 
Take Back the Night
Monday, April 28, 7:30 p.m. at the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center Plaza
 
Raising Our Voices, Reclaiming Our Right
Kent State Unites to Take Back the Night
 
A march to speak out against sexual violence and give voice to those who have been impacted by sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking and sexual abuse. 
 
All events are free, and extra credit/attendance verification is available for faculty members and instructors who are interested in class participation. If you choose to offer this to your students, there will be a verification of attendance slip at the end of each program for participants to return to you.

For questions, contact Jennifer O’Connell at 330-672-8016 or joconne5@kent.edu.