Monthly Archives: April 2016

Raising Awareness during#EnoughIsEnough week

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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Picture from SAAM press kit.

This month is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This month is dedicated to raising awareness about relationship violence and sexual assault across the country and the global community. The movement began in the 1970’s when women started doing protests against the violence they experienced when walking through the streets at night. Throughout the  years, individuals have raised awareness during the month of April every year by providing education that anyone can help prevent sexual assault– by holding protests, providing resources, promoting respect to end sexual assault in the workplace, and more.

What has SSU done during this month in the past? Read last year’s blog post here, which was featured on the directory of how different campuses are recognizing this month.

 

What is SSU doing this current month? This past week, April 19 – 22 is #EnoughIsEnough week. Here are the events that occurred:

Monday: Vikings Give – Starbucks Cafe 7 – 10 PM

Tuesday : 1  – 5 PM NOH8 Photo Shoot, Alumni Plaza

Wednesday: Walk A Mile in her shoes – Marsh Quad 5 -7 PM
Thursday: Fashion Show with Sisters on the Runway. Okeefe Gym 5 – 8 pm
Friday: Clothesline Project, Library Quad 10 am – 12 pm
Friday: Vikings Take the Pledge Underground 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Why are SSU students taking a stand against relationship violence and sexual assault? It’s been a problem in society, and especially on college campuses for years- way before Sexual Assault Awareness month’s inception- and continues to be a problem. According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), there is still a lot of education needed on the fears, myths, and stereotypes around sexual violence and what/who it affects.

According to the NSVRC, in a nationally representative survey of adults, 37.4% of female rape victims were first raped between ages 18-24, which is college-age. 40% of colleges and universities reported not investigating a single sexual assault in the previous five years. 30 % of colleges and universities offered no training on sexual assault to students nor law enforcement officers, also according to the NSVRC. Ending sexual assault isn’t just up to the victim and the aggressor, it’s up to bystanders as well. That’s why SAAM is trying to educate as much as they can, not only during this month, but every day of the year.

“It’s especially important for these discussions to happen on college campuses because it is so common that in many cases it is overlooked or downplayed, by students and even staff.”

  • Dominique Resendes, Vice President of the Florence Luscomb Women’s Center

Let’s see some pictures of SSU Students participating this week:

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Students wearing their NOH8 paint to address domestic violence, sexual assault, and consent, and more. Photos courtesy of the Salem State University Alliance.

 

#TBT: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary by Looking Back

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What is it about anniversaries that make us want to look backward? In this case, it may be celebrating the accomplishments and relishing in the memories of years past. Up until 2003, Salem State published year books called “The Clipper” that documented the students, staff, faculty memories, and highlights of the year. What I liked the most about flipping through the Clippers is that every one is different. Not only are the students different, but also the content and organization change year to year. Here are some highlights:

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In 1971, the campus felt like it was important to ring in the new decade. This seemed like it was a a very cool event!

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These are the events of what senior weekend used to be! How do they compare to today?

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Live music has always been a staple at Salem State.

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SSU Students have always taken advantage of the ocean.

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Arts have also been a cornerstone to an education at SSU. In the 70’s, they held an annual arts festival. Now, we are looking forward to the grand opening of the Sophia Gordon performing arts center.

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The “Footlighters” were Salem State’s dramatic society.

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The Salem State Log in the 1970s.

Were you there for any of these, or remember these memories?