Take Back the Night Awareness Week

Bringing Attention to Title IX

By Jaylin Johnson, Correspondent

This week, the Student Government Association (SGA) has worked with the Title IX office to create a week full of events to promote sexual assault awareness and prevention. Each day of the week brought a different guest speaker touching on different and relevant topics such as, “Male Survivors: Personal Stories & Legal Experience” by Travis Marshall & Brian Kent on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. and “From Hurt to Healing” workshop by Katie Koestner & Jonathan Robinson at 3:00 p.m. on Friday. All of the sign-ups for the speakers and topics can be found at the end of this article. 

“The main goal of this series is to bring awareness to the campus community about sexual assault, sexual violence, and prevention. We all play a role in ending sexual violence.” Elizabeth Frost, the Associate Dean of Students/Title IX Coordinator, stated. Frost has also said that she hopes to see participation from students, faculty, and staff, as this week’s purpose is to remind students that there are resources available and that no one is alone.

If anyone reading this article is not aware, Title IX is a way for students to report sexual harassment or assault. Anyone can make a report to the Title IX Office, and the Title IX Office is a neutral space; they are here to help support everyone, provide resources on and off campus, and to address behaviors that may not be acceptable. The SGA has created a strong relationship with the Title IX Office and a direct flow of communication for the SGA to bring forward student concerns that come their way. 

“Our hopes are to bring awareness to these issues and make it more comfortable for victims to speak out. We hope that this series shows that SGA has listened to numerous student concerns and this shows that we care and are working to do something to make a difference,” says Hunter Langemo, the current Treasurer as well asPresident-elect of SGA, who has been working with Frost and Allyson Campbell, the SGA Secretary, to make sure this week is impactful and informs those who need it.

Campbell wishes for people to feel comfortable using this resource on campus to speak up and report any incidents to the Title IX office. “I personally hope to see a perception change on campus about Title IX. I want people to feel comfortable going up to the Dean of Students office and filing a report, if applicable, or asking them questions on how to be an ally on campus.” Below is the rest of the seminars being held this week with the links to sign-up to attend:

Wednesday, Apr. 14, 2021

8:00p.m.-9:00p.m. 

Thursday, Apr. 15, 2021

8:00p.m.-9:00p.m.

Friday, Apr. 16, 2021

3:00p.m.-4:00p.m.

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