April 10-14 is sexual assault awareness week, and UVa-Wise’s Office of Compliance, Conduct and Inclusion has scheduled several events to educate the campus about the problem.
“Domestic and sexual violence is a major public health, human rights, and social justice issue that impacts thousands of us every year,” said UVa-Wise Title IX Coordinator Tabitha Smith. “In addition to the physical and psychological trauma imposed on survivors and the children who witness violence in their homes, domestic and sexual violence touches all aspects of our communities, from our families, to our workplaces and to our campus community here at UVa-Wise.”
The Office of Compliance, Conduct and Inclusion continues its tradition of hosting a variety of events this week in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Week.
The week began with the Silent Witness Virginia: A Visual Memorial to victims of domestic violence homicide. Life-sized red silhouettes placed in the library near Books & Brew tell the story of a Virginian killed in a domestic violence incident. Professor Yenli Yeh presented a talk in the Slemp Student Center at 1 p.m.
On Tuesday, Consent and Cookies, a program that allows individuals to stop by the Slemp Student Center atrium to learn more about consent, will take place between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
The Hunting Ground, a documentary and discussion about campus sexual assault on college campuses, will be shown on Wednesday at 3 p.m. in the Chapel of All Faiths.
Thursday is Take Back The Night, which will include poster making in the Slemp Student Center Atrium from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., a candlelight vigil and a march. In addition, students and others will gather in Cantrell Hall at 7 p.m. to make Fear2Freedom kits for sexual assault survivors.
On Friday UVa-Wise softball team will wear teal ribbons in support of sexual assault awareness programs. Fans are encouraged to wear teal as well.