Rhodes State College News

April 09, 2018
Rhodes State College Plans Activities for Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2018

The month of April is nationally recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The theme of SAAM 2018 is “Embrace Your Voice” and the Office of Student Affairs at Rhodes State College is hosting educational and interactive ways to address sexual assault. Monday, April 9 – Thursday, April 12 has been designated as “Break the Silence Week: Standing Up Against Sexual Violence,” with daily events taking place to promote sexual assault awareness and prevention, including:

April 9th – The Clothesline Project 

  • 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in the Lobby of the Public Service Building and QUAD lawn

  • Students, faculty, and staff are invited to bear witness to over 250 t-shirts in the Clothesline Project, which is a collection of graphic messages that have been designed by women survivors of violence or by someone who loves a woman who has been killed. The purpose of the Project is to increase awareness of the impact of violence against women, to celebrate a woman's strength to survive and to provide another avenue for her to courageously break the silence that often surrounds her experience. Rhodes State women privately created t-shirts on April 2nd to tell their own stories.

April 10th – The Hunting Ground

  • 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. in room 214 of the Public Service Building

  • Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend a viewing of The Hunting Ground, a documentary with a searing look at the failure of American universities to grapple successfully with campus rape while helping to sharpen the focus of college administrators. Participants will engage in a talk-back discussion with Licensed Clinical Counselor, Kendra Bermosk, following the film.

April 11th – Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

  • 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. on the QUAD sidewalk outside of the Public Service Building

  • Men on the campus community are invited to participate in the national movement, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes. This program asks men to literally walk one mile in high-heeled shoes around the campus. Each participant will visit six different stations to receive information on reporting, local resources, and preventative actions to end gender-based violence. Station sponsors include representatives from Crime Victim Services, Crossroads Crisis Center, the Allen County Sheriff’s office, Rhodes State College Counseling Services, Rhodes State College and Ohio State University-Lima Safety and Security, and Rhodes State College Office of Student Engagement & Activities.

  • Click here for WLIO-TV coverage of this event.

April 12th – It’s On Us Pledge

  • 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the Lobby of the Public Service Building

  • Students, Faculty and Staff are invited to take the pledge of the It’s On Us campaign, which aims to “recognize that non-consensual sex is sexual assault. To identify situations in which sexual assault may occur. To intervene in situations where consent has not or cannot be given. To create an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported.”

  • Those who take the pledge will receive a teal pin for their commitment to end gender-based violence

April 25th – Denim Day

  • The campus community is invited to wear jeans on National Denim Day to support sexual assault survivors and end victim shaming.  A photo will be taken at 12:00 p.m. of those wearing jeans in the Lobby of the Public Service Building.

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