Campus gears up for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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To mark Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the UO Sexual Violence Prevention and Education team is collaborating with partners on and off campus to create a range of educational and interactive ways to address sexual violence on and off campus.

Many events are organized for the upcoming days in April, including Sexy Sundaes, an event centered around consent where ice cream will be available, and Understanding Trauma and Coping with PTSD, a free workshop for UO students, faculty and staff. In addition, student-athletes will be wearing teal shoelaces at games through April 15 in support and solidarity with sexual violence survivors.

The last week of the month, Sexual Violence Prevention Week, will focus on prevention and culminates in the Take Back the Night rally, when members of the campus community are invited to march, stand in solidarity and speak out. The rally takes place April 26 at 6 p.m. in the Erb Memorial Union amphitheater. The UO Women’s Center is co-sponsoring the march with Lane County Sexual Assault Support Services.

In addition to the rally, a special performance of the sexual health awareness workshop “Get Explicit” will be held for UO faculty and staff members from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 19. After the workshop — which is for new UO students — faculty and staff will have the chance to share thoughts on how to improve the performance for future students.