April activities to observe Sexual Assault Awareness MonthApril 4, 2012
EAU CLAIRE — In observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Women's and LGBTQ Resource Center and the Center for Awareness of Sexual Assault will host a variety of events during April:
- An article discussion titled "Sexual Assault and 'White Knight Syndrome'" will be held at 6 p.m. April 4 in the Towers Commons on UW-Eau Claire's upper campus. The discussion will look at a variety of issues related to sexual assault, including bystander intervention, alcohol-facilitated sexual assault on college campuses, "White Knight Syndrome" and "the accidental rapist," a phrase coined by The Good Men Project. Articles for the discussion can be accessed on the Women's and LGBTQ Resource Center website.
- "The Clothesline Project" will once again be coordinated on campus. This nationally recognized project provides survivors of sexual assault, as well as their loved ones, a vehicle for expressing their feelings about violence against women. Participants will design their own T-shirts from 6-8 p.m. April 9 in the Putnam Hall lobby; from 6-8 p.m. April 12 in the lower level of Bridgman Hall; and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 18 and 19 on the Central Campus Mall. The T-shirts will be displayed on the Central Campus Mall April 18-19 and during the "Take Back the Night" event (see next paragraph).
- "Take Back the Night" will be held from 4:30-7 p.m. April 23 in Owen Park to support survivors of sexual assault. The event will feature music, free food, child-friendly activities, guest speakers and an open microphone for participants to speak out against sexual assault. This year's featured speaker will be Lisa Penterman, a survivor of acquaintance sexual assault. Peterman serves on the board of directors of the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault; is a member of the Survivors and Allies Task Force; and was on the planning committee for the WCASA's first "Wrap Around the Capitol" event, to be held April 28 in Madison.
For more information about UW-Eau Claire Sexual Assault Awareness Month events, contact Abby Vercauteren, women's issues program coordinator for the Women's and LGBTQ Resource Center, at 715-836-2693 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or Amanda Lieknes, director of the Center for Awareness of Sexual Assault, at 715-836-HELP or email@example.com.