WKU schedules events for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Ella Burnside

Every two minutes in the U.S. someone is sexually assaulted, according to RAINN.org, the website for the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network. The site also says one in six women and one in 33 men will be a victim of sexual assault in their lifetime. Sexual Assault Awareness Month (S.A.A.M.) is celebrated nationwide in March each year. WKU has several events coming up to raise awareness about the issues of sexual and domestic violence.

The Clothesline Project:

Date: March 19

Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Centennial Mall

The Clothesline project is a national awareness campaign that provides a visual representation of the violence that occurs in our communities. WKU will participate in the Clothesline Project with T-shirts to hang at Centennial Mall.

The Vagina Monologues:

Date: Tuesday, March 19

Time: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Location: Downing University Center – DUC 0224

WKU has hosted performances of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” more than a dozen times, and the play is sponsored by the Women’s Studies program. The Monologues are based off of interviews conducted with real women and explore issues surrounding women’s sexuality and social stigma’s about rape and abuse.

WARNING: Mature Content, may not be appropriate for children.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

Date: March 27

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Location: Chi Omega House (Ends at Centennial Mall)

This year’s Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is being sponsored by the WKU Interfraternity Council. Registration for the walk is $25 for each male walking and includes high heels and t-shirt. Women can come and support the men who walk for free and do not need to register. All money raised will benefit Hope Harbor Inc., the non-profit crisis center in Bowling Green that provides counseling and support to survivors of sexual assault.

Sign-in will start at 10:30 a.m. on the day of the walk on the front lawn of the Chi Omega house on Normal Drive. The Walk will begin on the sidewalk between Northeast Hall and Normal Drive at 10:45 a.m.

Take Back The Night: “Shatter the silence, stop the violence”

Date: March 28

Time: 6 p.m.

Location: The Bowling Green Justice Center

Cost: Free

Take Back The Night is an event hosted by Hope Harbor Inc. and is open to the entire city of Bowling Green. You can register as an individual or as a team for the event. All those who pre-register will receive a T-shirt. Registration forms are available online and should be turned in to Elizabeth Madariaga at the Counseling and Testing Center in Potter Hall.

Stun and Run (With Master Tom Pardue East/West Kung-Fu Academy)

Date: March 30

Time: 1 p.m.

Location: 6045 Scottsville Road

Stun and Run is a self-defense class that prepares attendees to defend themselves in basic and effective ways by the time they leave the class that day.