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NIU marks April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April 4, 2014

Sexual Assault Awareness Month graphicHealth Enhancement & Victim Advocacy Services, in collaboration with other units across campus, is hosting a series of events this month in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Members of the campus and local communities have an opportunity to become more knowledgeable about the dynamics of sexual assault and how this issue impacts individuals in different ways.

Victim Advocacy Services (VAS), now located in the Chick Evans Field House, has partnered with many departments, student groups, volunteers and community organizations to coordinate the month of activities, events and initiatives.

“It is very refreshing to see so many people who are dedicated to spreading awareness about such an important issue, in particular our students here on campus,” said Shana Ware, Victim Advocacy Services coordinator. “Sexual assault is a topic that affects everyone, not just women, and we all can take action to prevent sexual assault and assist students in obtaining help – should they need our resources. The work that this office does would not be sustainable without the support of the community, faculty and staff and especially our phenomenal students.”

For more information, call (815) 753 -9748. Events include:

Silent Statistics
Date: Monday, April 7, through Friday, April 11
Times: 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: NIU campus
Host: Health Enhancement & Victim Advocacy Services

Operation Jungle Red
Date: Monday, April 7, through Friday, April 11
Times: 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: DuSable, Holmes Student Center, Campus Life Building atrium, Yordon Center
Host: Health Enhancement & Victim Advocacy Services

Strive Dogs & Services
Date: Monday, April 14
Time: 6 to 7:15 p.m.
Location: Stevenson North Fishbowl Room
Host: Counseling & Student Development Center and Health Enhancement & Victim Advocacy Services

Victor E. Huskie practices self-defense.Divas & Desserts/Red Blooded Men Screening and Discussion
Date: Thursday, April 17
Time: 7 to 9:30 p.m.
Location: New Hall Swing Room
Host: Health Enhancement & Victim Advocacy Services

RAD Self Defense Workshop for Women
Dates: Thursdays April 17, April 24, and May 1
Time: 1 to 4 p.m.
Location: Group Fitness Room 1 at the Campus Recreation Center

A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant, and a Prayer
Dates: Friday, April 18, and Saturday, April 19
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Carl Sandburg Auditorium
Host: Women’s Rights Alliance and Women’s Studies

My Masculinity Helps

Date: Monday, April 21
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Location: Center for Black Studies
Host: Health Enhancement & Victim Advocacy Services and Center for Black Studies

Pause Off! Bags Contest
Date: Tuesday, April 22
Time: Registration at 5:30 p.m., contest at 6 p.m.
Location: Chick Evans Field House
Host: Health Enhancement & Victim Advocacy Services

Reconstructing Haiti: Current Conditions, Lessons Learned, and the Future
Date: Tuesday, April 22
Time: Noon
Location: Regency Room, Holmes Student Center
Hosts: NGO Leadership and Development, Center for Black Studies, Center for Latino and Latin American Studies, Women’s Studies, the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women, and the Illinois Humanities Council

Photo of denim jeansDenim Day
Date: Wednesday, April 23
Time: All day
Location: NIU campus and community

Duck Race for Safe Passage
Date: Sunday, April 27
Time: 11 to 2 p.m.
Location: Clinton Rosette Middle School, DeKalb
Host: Alpha Phi Omega

Take Back the Night & Survivor Speak Out
Date: Tuesday, April 29
Time: Begins at 7 p.m.
Location: First Congregational Church of Christ
615 N. First St., DeKalb
Host: Safe Passage