Sexual Assault Awareness Month: Students create signs to raise awareness

Apr. 12, 2019


April is Sexual Assault Awareness month, a time to bring attention to sexual violence and educate people about prevention. To highlight this, Christiana Chekoudjian's Intro to Women, Gender and Sexuality studies class has collaborated with Olivia Haupt, Assistant Director of Student Conduct and Deputy Title IX Coordinator, to create signs to raise awareness of this important and prevalent issue. The signs will be posted on campus beginning on Monday, April 15th.

Chekoudjian's course examines the difficult issues that affect large populations of women and focuses in on what has, in the past, been largely ignored by society. Students took time during the class to come up with the designs for Webster's home campus themselves, allowing for further discussions on the subject during their creation.

"It was a good experience for us all and I think it is empowering to have students lead the way in bringing awareness to such an important and prevalent issue," Chekoudjian said.

Ways to get informed and involved

Olivia Haupt has partnered with Safe Connections, a local organization that offers free services for survivors. They have counseling sessions, both individual and group, a crisis hotline and they offer prevention education.

On April 24, National Denim Day, a nationally recognized day and raise awareness about sexual assault, the Title IX Office will host a fundraiser for Safe Connections in an effort to support survivors. Join the movement by wearing jeans and be sure to drop by the info table in the University Center Commons from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to make a donation and receive a Denim Day pin and learn about the history of this day. Details for fundraiser will be provided via email.

To learn more about Sexual Assault Awareness Month, or to find additional ways to get involved, please visit the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.

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