April is National Sexual Violence Awareness Month. The goal of the month is to increase awareness about sexual violence in the US and on college campuses. The National Sexual Violence Resource Center defines sexual violence is “any type of unwanted sexual contact” (1). The Gender Equity Center is working with several departments to sponsor a range of great events this month. The events are designed to raise awareness, educate, and help prevent sexual assault.
What Were You Wearing? Survivor art installation, April 2 – April 4, 10 AM to 2 PM, 134 HUB
Men Against Violence Walk April 9, 2:30pm, Heritage Hall, HUB
Honoring Survival: Transforming the Spirit April 9, 6:30pm, Memorial Lounge, Pasquerilla Spiritual Center
Wade Davis: Won’t you celebrate with me April 10, 6:30pm, Freeman Auditorium, HUB
Stevie Tran: She’s Still My Fraternity Brother April 18, 7pm, 233B HUB
The University and State College community offer a variety of resources to support victims of sexual violence (2).
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) – 501 Student Health Center. Open Monday – Friday 9am to 5pm. Phone: 814-863-0395. Penn State Crisis Hotline 1-877-229-6400. Crisis Text Line: Text “LIONS” to 741741
Gender Equity Center – 204 Boucke Building, Open Monday – Friday 9am to 5pm,
University Health Services – Student Health Center. Hours vary, click the link for details: https://studentaffairs.psu.edu/health-wellness/medical-services/pharmacy/hours-parking Call 814-863-4463 to speak with an advice nurse 24/7
- National Sexual Violence Resource Center. (2018). About Sexual Assault. Retrieved from https://www.nsvrc.org/about-sexual-assault-friends-family
- Penn State Student Affairs. (2018). Confidential Support. Retrieved from https://studentaffairs.psu.edu/health-wellness/victim-survivor-support-advocacy/confidential-support