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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.

 

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10 Reasons to Say “NO More” to Sexual Assault by the SSU Women’s Center

October is a month in celebration of many things including Sexual Assault Awareness.

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Sexual assault is a huge issue that affects men and women, especially on college campuses. Every 107 seconds, another American is sexually assaulted, according to RAINN. Every year, there are 293 victims of sexual assault. “No More” is an organization that aims to stop domestic assault and violence, and raise awareness of it. They’re a “unifying symbol and campaign to raise public awareness and engage bystanders around ending domestic violence and sexual assault.” The SSU Florence Luscomb Women’s Center held a campaign on campus last week to aid No More’s advocacy. You may have seen them giving out purple ribbons and asking you if you’d like to take a picture of your reason why you say no more to sexual assault. Students came up with some awesome reasons why they say no more. Here are our top 10 favorites:

1. Because everyone deserves to feel safe

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2. Because nobody should live in fear.

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3. Because everyone is worth respect and love. 

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4. Because people still think domestic violence and sexual assault is something to joke about.12107153_926710957407715_3395578124287973078_n

5. Because nobody deserves to feel unloved.

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6. Because everyone deserves to be safe at home.

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7. Because too many people normalize these actions and think they are okay but THEY’RE NOT

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8. Because not just women are victims.

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9. Because who doesn’t?

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10. Because we all may know someone who has been affected. 

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Get connected with the SSU Women’s center!

Their blog: http://ssuwomenscenter.blogspot.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SSUWomensCenter

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WomenOfSSU
Snapchat: @ssuwomenscenter

Educate Yourself with CESA and One Night

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A common theme in the news lately has been sexual assault on college campuses. Why the sudden growth in these incidents? Part of the problem could be the lack of education on college campuses. Not education not to commit the act, however education about what exactly it can be. Sexual assault isn’t always the cookie cutter we see in movies and such, there’s many different circumstances that can arise that may not look like sexual assault, however it is.

Can sexual assault happen between two best friends? That’s exactly what happened in the production “One Night” that was put on by the theatre company “Equalogy” here on Monday during community time at Vets Hall. The production was an interactive play about one night of fun before four friends graduated from college. After too many drinks, two friends who had feelings for each other almost got intimate, however, the girl decided against it. However, she had no say in the matter.

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She was taken advantage of and distraught. The male character was confused because they had been intimate before. However that had nothing to do with it. Something like this could easily play out on any college campus, and according to the news it has. According to Sarah Lawrence University, at least 1 in 4 college women will be the victim of a sexual assault during her academic career, and at least 50% of those incidents include alcohol.

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Sexual assault can’t just be between a suspect and a victim, it can be between two friends, two people in a relationship. It doesn’t discriminate between gender, age, or sexual orientation. Being a bystander and not speaking up can be just as bad. Don’t blend in like a zebra. Speak up, help your friend, and bring them to a hospital.

Lucky for us, we have a great source on campus that educated us about sexual assault. CESA (Campus Educators on Sexual Assault) is the go-to source here at Salem State.  (@SSU_CESA) If you’re interested in training to be a campus educator yourself, sessions are on Tuesdays on October 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, and November 4th from 4:00-7:30 in Marsh 210. Dinner is provided at every training session.

Sources:
http://www.equalogyinc.org/

http://www.slc.edu/offices-services/security/assault/statistics.html

http://psychgumbo.com/2014/04/01/sexual-assaults-the-silent-epidemic-on-college-campus/

http://www.swansea-union.co.uk/blogs/blog/beckiwarrillow/2013/02/12/Got-Consent/