Sexual assault awareness is April 13-17 focus at MTSU

As spring arrives each year, activists against sexual assault spring into action at MTSU, so several campus events are planned for April 13-17 in observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

T-shirts bearing messages of sexual assault survivors will be displayed in the Student Union in the traditional Clothesline Project throughout the week.

Its On Us graphic 2015 webThe impact of human trafficking is the subject of “No Girl’s Dreams,” a documentary slated for viewing at 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, in the Student Union Theatre.

The film features testimony from trafficking survivors as well as information and advice from experts on trafficking prevention.

Campus Greek men and women will take a stand against sexual assault with the “It’s On Us” pledge drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, in the Student Union.

Students will be asked to sign promises that they will take action and not remain uninvolved bystanders if they see what they believe to be sexual assault occurring.

A 90-minute interactive session on how to recognize and help stop potentially dangerous situations will be available on request for classes and organizations to schedule through Thursday, April 30. It is available through the June Anderson Center for Women and Nontraditional Students.

All MTSU Sexual Assault Awareness Month activities are free and open to the public.

Sponsors include the Women’s and Gender Studies Program; the School of Social Work; the departments of psychology, sociology and anthropology, and criminal justice administration; the June Anderson Center for Women and Nontraditional Students; and Nashville You Have the Power.

For more information, contact Barbara Scales, director of the June Anderson Center, at 615-898-5812 or barbara.scales@mtsu.edu.

— Gina K. Logue (gina.logue@mtsu.edu)