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MEDIA ADVISORY: MU to Host Activities During Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April 1st, 2014

Story Contact: Christian Basi, 573-882-4430, BasiC@missouri.edu

WHAT:
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and has been observed for more than 25 years in the United States. This year, the Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention Center (RSVP Center) at the University of Missouri will host several events throughout April that are free and open to the public. The events will give individuals opportunities to learn more about the issues related to sexual assault and acknowledge those harmed by sexual violence.

“Relationship and sexual violence affects everyone,” said Danica Wolf, coordinator of the RSVP Center. “We are working hard to raise the awareness of these crimes, provide survivors with the support they need, and prevent future violent acts from happening by educating our campus and community about how they can take action.”

WHEN &
WHERE:
April 1 – April 30. For a detailed schedule of events, please visit http://rsvp.missouri.edu.

Events include:
Sexual Violence Legal Panel
7 p.m., Thursday, April 3
S203 Memorial Union, MU campus
A panel of legal experts will talk about their experiences with the justice system and answer questions from the public about legal aspects of domestic and sexual violence.

Sexual Violence Medical Panel
7 p.m., Thursday, April 10
Women’s Center, G108 Student Center, MU Campus
A panel of medical staff, advocates and counselors will answer questions about the medical services available to those experiencing relationship and/or sexual violence.

Angel Band Project
2 p.m., Tuesday, April 15
Jesse Wrench Auditorium, Memorial Union South, MU campus
The Angel Band Project is an advocacy organization that uses music therapy to help victims of sexual violence. The event will feature music, poets and speakers working to spread awareness about sexual violence. Visit http://www.angelbandproject.org/ for more information. This event is sponsored by Greek Week Steering Committee.

Denim Day
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, April 24
Lowry Mall, MU campus
Denim Day serves as a reminder that there is never an excuse for rape or sexual assault. Denim Day began after the Italian Supreme Court overturned a rape conviction in 1999. The Italian justices said that since the victim was wearing tight jeans, she must have helped the rapist remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. After the ruling, women in the Italian Parliament protested by wearing jeans, and the protest developed into an annual international event. The Italian Supreme Court overturned their findings in 2008. Join MU faculty, staff and students by wearing jeans/denim on this day. Email RSVP@missouri.edu to get Denim Day pins before Thursday, April 24.

Fifth Annual Freedom Walk
2 p.m., Sunday, April 27
Stephens Lake Park
All proceeds from the walk will benefit the Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition and F.R.E.E. International (Find, Rescue, Embrace, Empower), two organizations that are working to stop sexual slavery throughout the world. For registration and more information, visit: http://www.c2church.com/ministries/freedom-walk/ This event is sponsored by C2 Church and Grace Bible Church.

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