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Sexual Assault Awareness Month to be observed with April activities

RELEASED: March 30, 2011

EAU CLAIRE — Events in observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month will take place in April at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

A film screening and discussion of "Searching for Angela Shelton" is scheduled for 7 p.m. April 6 in the Presidents Room of Davies Center. In this uplifting and multiple award-winning documentary, filmmaker Angela Shelton drives around the U.S. surveying other Angela Sheltons to find more than half of them are survivors of rape, childhood sexual abuse and/or domestic violence. The film is used worldwide in sex offender treatment programs, crisis center volunteer training sessions and classrooms. More details about the film — about one woman's journey of self-discovery, healing, faith and the power of the human spirit — can be found online.

"The Clothesline Project" will once again be coordinated on campus. This nationally recognized project provides a vehicle by which to express feelings about violence against women. Participants will have the opportunity to design their own shirts from 6-8 p.m. April 12 in Sutherland Hall; from 6-8 p.m. April 14 in Putnam Hall; from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. April 18 on the Central Campus Mall; and by request. The T-shirts will be displayed on the Central Campus Mall April 18-19 and during the "Take Back the Night" rally.

"Take Back the Night" will be held from 6-9 p.m. April 19 in Owen Park to support survivors of sexual assault. There will be music, free food, door prizes, guest speakers and an open microphone for participants to speak out against sexual assault. The featured speakers will be members of the newly formed student organization Men Opposing Sexual Assault.

All Sexual Awareness Month activities are coordinated by UW-Eau Claire's Center for Awareness of Sexual Assault and Women's and Gender Equity Center. The Dean of Students office is co-sponsoring The Clothesline Project with CASA and WAGE.

For more information, contact Abby Vercauteren, women's issues program coordinator for WAGE, at 715-836-2693 or wage@uwec.edu; or Amanda Lieknes, director of CASA, at 715-836-HELP or casa@uwec.edu.

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