Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
In solidarity with leaders across the nation, Governor Dayton has declared April Sexual Assault Awareness Month for Minnesota. The governor's proclamation is "in honor of all the Minnesotans who have experienced sexual violence, as well as those who have dedicated their lives and their time to serving victims and ending sexual violence in our state."
Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is recognized nationally and is symbolized through a teal ribbon. 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 following events are presented as part of SAAM on the
St. Cloud State University campus:
April 18-20, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Clothesline Project, Atwood Mall/Atwood Lobby.
The Clothesline Project began as a vehicle for women affected by violence to express their emotions by decorating a T-shirt. The shirt is then hung on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to the problem of violence against women. Clothesline Projects provide awareness about sexual and domestic violence, hate crimes, and child abuse.
April 20, 5-5:45 p.m. Mentors in Violence Prevention, Stewart Hall Room 109.
Mentors in Violence Prevention is an interactive, discussion-based program that uses a bystander approach to prevention. MVP motivates both men and women to become empowered bystanders who can recognize and confront abuse and gender violence. The program works to provide concrete options to participants so they can affect change on these issues.
April 20, 6-7:30 p.m., Tom Harbinson: Educating Jury Pools, Stewart Hall Ritsche Auditorium
Tom Harbinson of the Stearns County Attorney's Office will discuss the realities of what to expect in a sexual assault trial. He will provide realistic information and scenarios to potential jury pools and community members. The presentation aims to dispel myths and misconceptions about sexual assault cases, as well as to shed light on the difficulties of prosecuting them. An open question and answer session will follow.
April 23, 2-4 p.m. Survivor Growth and Wellness, Community Garden and Women's Center
This event will incorporate garden planting, movement, and relaxation strategies for survivors. Planting ceremonies give recognition to those who have been sexually assaulted in our communities. These events provide communities an opportunity to honor a relative, friend, or other victim and/or survivor with new growth. Strategies such as tai chi, yoga, and meditation help survivors to process and move through their experience, as well as promote overall wellness. This event is open to survivors and their support people, including advocates, secondary survivors and family members.
April 27, 10 am-3 p.m. Denim Day, Atwood Mall
Denim Day is an international protest responding to the Italian Supreme Court's overruling of a rape conviction in 1999. An Italian woman was raped, and when the case went to trial, the jury found her assailant guilty. The Supreme Court then overturned the ruling, saying that jeans are too difficult to remove and the assailant could not have done so without the victim's help. To honor Denim Day, people are encouraged to wear jeans to work or school in order to promote awareness.
Admission to all events is free and open to the public.
Co-sponsored by: Women's Action, Students for Sexual Consent, Central Minnesota Sexual Assault Center
For more information, please contact the Women's Center at (320) 308-4958, or