Campus activities planned to observe Sexual Assault Awareness Month

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock will host numerous events in April in recognition of  Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Planned activities include self-defense classes, a Take Back the Night event,  a suicide prevention walk, a film screening, and numerous talks.

Teal ribbons, which symbolize Sexual Assault Awareness Month, can be picked up on Mondays in April at the information kiosk in the Donaghey Student Center lobby along with resources and information. Organizers urge the campus community to post selfies using the hashtag #ualrsaam on social media to raise awareness about issues related to sexual violence.

UA Little Rock’s Office of Title IX, Student Experience Center, Department of Criminal Justice, and Office of Public Safety have planned the following events:

April 2 – Teal Day observance hosted by Student Experience Center. Student organizations will decorate jeans to hang in Donaghey Student Center on Denim Day.

April 2 – “Dynamics of Sexual Assault and Rape,” presented by Arkansas Coalition Against Sexual Assault Culture, 10-11:30 a.m., Ledbetter A

April 3 – Rape Aggression Defense class, presented by Department of Public Safety, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Leadership Lounge in DSC 201.  

April 8 – Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) class, presented by Department of Public Safety,  5:30-7:30 p.m., Donaghey Student Center  Leadership Lounge

April 9 – “Sexual Assault and Consent,” presented by Office of Title IX, 2-4 p.m., Ledbetter A

April 10 – Take Back the Night organized by the Department of Criminal Justice, 6-8 p.m., Ledbetter A,B, and C. Open to the public.

April 13 – Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk, 12-1 p.m.. Registration is 10-11:50 a.m.

April 16 – “Digital Consent” workshop presented by Ashi Franke, 12-1 p.m., Leadership Lounge in DSC 201.

April 18 – Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) class, presented by Department of Public Safety,  6-8 p.m., Leadership Lounge in DSC 201.

April  22 – Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) class, presented by Department of Public Safety,  5:30-7:30 p.m., Leadership Lounge in DSC 201.

April 23 – Film Screening of “Escalation,” 6-8 p.m., Ledbetter A. Free and open to the public.

April 23 – Title IX Resource Table and walk-up discussions, 9 a.m.- 12 p.m.,  William H. Bowen School of Law

April 24 – Denim Day – The Italian Supreme Court provided the trigger for this annual event when it overturned a rape conviction because the victim was wearing tight jeans. Over time, wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault. Wearing jeans makes a social statement against the misconception surrounding sexual assault.

April 24 – “Reality of Sexual Assault and the Recovery Process,” presented by Arkansas Employee Assistance Program, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Ledbetter A.

April 25 – Title IX Reporting and Resources presented by Office of Title IX, 10-11 a.m., Ledbetter A.

April 30 – “Neurobiology of Trauma,” presented by Arkansas Coalition Against Sexual Assault, 10 -11:30 a.m., Ledbetter B

April 30 – Teal Table Talk for students, 6-7 p.m., Commons Theater

Local and statewide sexual assault resources available to the UA Little Rock community include the following:

For more information, contact LaTonda Williams, Title IX director, at lwdavis@ualr.edu or 975-2556.

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