April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a month intended to increase awareness of the negative effects of sexual assault (particularly on college campuses) and to increase the support base for survivors of sexual assault and violence. April is a very busy month for most organizations, including SPARKS, so here are some events we are hosting for the rest of the month, as well as a few other important events!
- Wednesday, April 16 – TAKE BACK THE NIGHT: A march against sexual violence begins at 6PM in the Academic Pavilion Amphitheater. Hundreds of people gather to hold posters and march in protest of the sexual violence that takes place on college campuses. At 6:30 there will be food and tabling in front of Whitley (rain location is West Parlor). At 7:00 the Survivor Speak-out will take place in Whitley, where survivors of sexual assault are encouraged to come share their stories in a safe environment.
- Thursday April 17th – Party Smart events hosted by SPARKS 5-7 PM and 7:30-9:30 PM in McEwen Dining Hall.
- Friday April 18th – AWARE FAIR in the Speaker’s Corner from 2-4PM.
- The Clothesline Project is taking place from Monday April 14-Friday April 18. From 8AM to 5PM, shirts will be hung in the speakers corner in protest against sexual violence. More information about the Clothesline Project can be found here.
- Tuesday, April 22nd – Harlan Cohen (author of “Getting Naked: 5 Steps to Finding the Love of Your Life (while fully clothed and totally sober)” and “The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You May Run Into In College” will be speaking at 7:30 PM in Lakeside 214.
- Thursday April 24th – Party Smart events hosted by SPARKS 5-7 PM and 7:30-9:30 PM at Crest Elon Apartments.
- Thursday, April 24th – 9PM Food and Discussion after “Extremeties” in the Black Box Theater.
SPARKS would also like to congratulate EFFECT (Elon Feminists) on their very successful “Supporting Survivors Week” and Walk Against Victim Blaming. We are so excited to see so many students contributing to the movement to prevent sexual assault and create an environment in which survivors feel comfortable coming forward, sharing their stories, and seeking the support they deserve.