NOON INTERVIEW: Sexual Assault Awareness Month

NEWS RELEASE:

In an effort to promote April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), the Waterfront Bar and Grill and the Raw Deal will be sponsoring the 1st annual “Rockin’ for Hope” Benefit on April 13th, 2013 and the Take Back the Night event on April 20th, 2013. These events have been organized by the students in Dr. Susan Wolfgram’s Abuse and the Family class for their Social Action Project in collaboration with The Bridge to Hope and supported by local businesses. The Bridge to Hope aims to empower individuals affected by violence and provide them with vital services and support so that these individuals and families can start a new life free from violence. However, funding continues to be cut for these needed services. Help us in raising funds in the ongoing fight against domestic violence and sexual assault.

One in three women worldwide are sexually assaulted but less than 50% of sexual assault crimes are reported. Take Back the Night is an international foundation where women take a stand and speak out against sexual assault. The month of April has been designated Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) in the United States. The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence. The national goal this year is to start prevention efforts early in encouraging healthy sexuality starting with child development in the teaching of personal boundaries and prevention of child sexual abuse.

We would like to invite all campus and community members to attend these two important events:

The Rockin’ for Hope Benefit on April 13th begins at 7pm —Bingo and a silent auction will begin at 7:30pm. The band Irie Sol (Alternative) will begin around 10pm. Cover charge is $5, with 1 free drink ticket included.

The Take Back the Night event on April 20th begins at 5:30pm— There will be speakers and an open mic followed by a candle-lit walk to the UW-Stout clock tower at 7pm to honor victims and survivors.


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