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Stephens observes Sexual Assault Awareness Week

April 14, 2015

Stephens College is observing Sexual Assault Awareness Week with panel discussions, art projects and a campus-wide video.

Last week, Stephens students joined other Columbia-area college students to watch “The Hunting Ground,” a documentary about sexual assault hosted by Ragtag Cinema. The conversation continued Monday with a lunchtime discussion, allowing attendees to share their thoughts. An evening discussion, “Breaking Barriers,” gave students a chance to ask questions and become better aware of campus policies.

Today, students made T-shirts as part of The Clothesline Project. Hosted by the Principles of Public Health class, students were invited to decorate T-shirts with messages of advocacy. And tomorrow, students will be invited to sign the official “It’s On Us” pledge. The national initiative calls on men and women to pledge to recognize that non-consensual sex is sexual assault, to identify risky situations, to intervene when necessary, and to create an environment in which assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported.

The Stephens community—including administrators, student leaders, faculty and staff—participated in an all-campus “It’s On Us” video, as well.

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