April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

by Katie Bogusz on March 28, 2017

        So let’s gear up, get involved, and spread awareness!

THE STATISTICS:

Statistics show that 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men will be raped at some point in their lives (Black et al., 2011). Even more alarmingly, most assaults happen at the hands of someone the survivor knows and usually in a place where the survivor feels safe i.e. home, dorm room, party, etc. College age students are particularly vulnerable to sexual victimization with studies showing that 1 in 5 women and 1 in 16 men will be sexually assaulted while in college (Krebs et al., 2007). The effects of sexual assault and violence can range from depression, poor academic performance, ptsd, suicidal thoughts, substance abuse, addiction, and more. These startling statistics show us how important it is to work together to combat sexual assault.

It is on all of us, collectively, to prevent and condemn violence!

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GET INVOLVED!

The Sexual Violence Advocacy and Support Center at BSU will be hosting several events throughout the month of April to educate and spread awareness on sexual violence and relationship violence. Attend the SVAS Center’s events and learn about the ways that you can take a stand against violence. Help spread awareness all month long by using the hashtag #ItsOnUsBSU

But wait, you might be thinking, what exactly is the SVAS Center and what does this office do?

The Sexual Violence Advocacy and Support Center (SVASC) is a part of the President’s Division and reports directly to the Office of Equal Opportunity. The SVAS Center is dedicated to reducing incidents of sexual violence and relationship violence through innovative educational approaches. SVASC aims to foster a campus culture that rejects violence, is well informed, and is supportive of all survivors. This office is a new addition to the BSU community and is in its first year of operation. While the SVAS Center is part of the Office of Equal Opportunity, it is located in Weygand Hall, Room 1048. Some of the SVAS Center’s Services include:

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Additionally, the SVAS Center has partnered with the organization Health Imperatives and their trained advocates to provide an on campus Sexual Assault Survivors Support Group held every Tuesday from 5-6pm in Weygand Hall, Room 1048. All survivors are welcome.

EVENTS ARE HAPPENING ALL APRIL LONG!

Check out the SVAS Center’s diverse calendar of events below. All events are free and open to all BSU students, faculty, and staff. Looking to attend a performance? Attend the Phallacies Masculinity Theater Group event or the Vagina Monologues performance. Want to get involved in activism? Attend the Take Back the Night March or participate in Teal Tuesdays. Looking to learn more about sexual violence as a whole? Attend the diverse presentations being offered throughout the month that address sexual violence against individuals with disabilities, the LGBT community, and women across the globe. Attend one or all and help spread the word! Raffles and prizes will be given away at several events. For details or more information about an event, contact the SVAS Center Outreach Coordinator, Christy Caisse at ccaisse@bridgew.edu or by phone at 508-531-2048.

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