Sexual Assault Awareness Week comes to campus

The University’s Sexual Assault Awareness Week aims to bring to light the ongoing issue of sexual assaults on college campuses.

Approximately one in four women will be assaulted during her time in school, said Nina Nolen, a spokesperson for the Women’s Center. @@[email protected]@

The sponsored activities began with a 5k race sponsored by the University Men’s Center, Sigma Pi, Peer Health and Healthy Oregon on Sunday afternoon. The race raised money to be donated to Womenspace, an organization that helps domestic violence victims. @@

The Men’s Center has been actively involved in planning events for the week.

“Women have been in the forefront in trying to raise awareness about this issue, and it’s about time that we as men step up and take our responsibility to do what we can to support survivors and stand in solidarity with them,” said John Phan, director of the University Men’s Center. @@*[email protected]@

Peer Health, Sexual Wellness Advocacy Team, the Men’s Center and Healthy Oregon are putting on a Bystander Intervention Training Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. at the Jaqua Center.

“We will teach about how men can intervene in sketchy situations. For example, if you were at a party and a guy were to carry someone upstairs who is intoxicated and is obviously unable to give consent,” University Men’s Center co-founder Jon Davies said. “What are you going to do in those situations?” @@*[email protected]@

Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. will feature a “100 Man March” to raise awareness about sexual assaults. The route will be lined with information about sexual assaults and how to prevent them. Although this has been an event for 10 years, this year should be more powerful than in past years, Davies said, because a shorter time period will make the march more visible. They are also looking for staff, faculty and student leaders to attend this event, Davies said.

“We particularly want men in power, because how can we teach younger men about this if older men are silent?” Davies said.

The week will culminate in Take Back the Night Thursday night at 6 p.m.,  an event sponsored by the Women’s Center and Sexual Assault Support Services. TBTN started in 1972 in Belgium, Nolen said, as a way to take back the streets so women feel more comfortable walking alone at night.

“We need to stand in solidarity with these women and men and say, ‘We support you, we want the best for you, we’re here to listen to you, and we’re here to make this a safe campus for you,’” Nolen said. “And I think that that’s an extremely powerful message.”

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