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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Programs, events scheduled throughout April.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 4-8-2013

Mankato, Minn. – The Violence Awareness and Response Program and the Women’s Center at Minnesota State University, Mankato is holding a number of programs and events during the month of April, which has been designated Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

All events, free and open to the public, are being held in an effort to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals about prevention of sexual violence.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2013

Brown Bag Lunch Series

  • Thursday, April 18, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Women’s Center, Centennial Student Union 218
  • The CANVAS project presents their documentary and workbook on gender-based violence on the Minnesota State Mankato campus. For more information, please contact Abby Barefoot at 507-389-2486 or

CADA Trivia Night

  • Thursday, April 18, 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
  • Pub 500, 500 South Front Street
  • The Committee Against Domestic Abuse is working with Pub 500 to provide a trivia night that will test folks’ knowledge related to women’s history, women’s accomplishments, and some local trivia as well. CADA will also be awarding prizes and providing information about Sexual Assault Awareness Month. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Emma at

Violence-Free Zone Training

  • Friday, April 19, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Centennial Student Union 238
  • This training will address sexual violence and help attendees learn about response and referral tools when confronted with these issues. The presentation will contain information about sexual violence, which may prove as a trigger for some attendees. Registration is requested, as space is limited. Those interested in reserving a space may email Laura Schultz at

The Clothesline Project

  • Monday, April 22 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Centennial Student Union 238
  • Tuesday, April 23, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Centennial Student Union 238
  • The Clothesline Project addresses the issue of violence against women though the decoration of t-shirts. This campaign works to de-stabilize the widespread myth that violence is a private matter and provides an artistic avenue through which women and men can break the silence. The shirts are then displayed on a clothesline to be viewed by others in the community as testimony, a literal “airing of the dirty laundry” of the problem of violence against women.

Campus-Wide Denim Day Photo

  • Wednesday, April 24, 12 p.m.
  • Minnesota State Mankato Mall
  • Denim Day is a rape prevention education campaign. Community members, elected officials, businesses and students are asked to make a social statement with their clothing. On this day, we all wear jeans as a visible means of protest against rape myths. Find out more here.

Take Back the Night

  • Wednesday, April 24 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Centennial Student Union Mall (Rain Location: Flexible Programming Space)
  • Take Back the Night is a rally, a march, a speak-out, a candlelight vigil, and ultimately a call to end sexual violence against women, girls and all others affected. The event is meant to raise awareness and break the silence surrounding these often secrecy-shrouded issues.

Screening and discussion of “It Was Rape.”
Co-sponsored by The Department of Gender & Women’s Studies and IMPACT

  • Thursday, April 25 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Ostrander Auditorium
  • Rape is wrong, illegal, reprehensible—and yet still tragically common. In this film, eight women tell their diverse personal stories of sexual assault, from a Midwestern teenager trying alcohol for the first time to a Native American woman gradually coming to terms with her abusive childhood. Gripping and emotional, this film is an opportunity to empathize with people—not just absorb faceless statistics—and to puncture the silence and denial that allow sexual assault to thrive. Ultimately, these stories shed light on how this epidemic affects us all.

For more information about Sexual Assault Awareness Month at Minnesota State Mankato, contact Laura Schultz at or 507-389-5127.

Planning and implementation of these programs was made possible with assistance from: Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Residential Life, Committee Against Domestic Abuse, the Minnesota State Mankato student group “Men Against Violence,” The Office of Equal Opportunity & Title IX, The Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, IMPACT, The Department of Social Work, The LGBT Center and Student Health Services.

About the Minnesota State Mankato Violence Awareness and Response Program:
The Violence Awareness and Response Program (VARP) provides a safe, supportive space for students and others affiliated with Minnesota State Mankato. The Violence Awareness and Response Program’s mission is to reduce the pervasiveness and effect of sexual violence, domestic/relationship violence, and stalking.

About the Minnesota State Mankato Women’s Center:
The mission of the Women’s Center is to foster a healthy, safe, and engaging campus community by enabling the full and active participation of women students in both their personal and educational pursuits at Minnesota State Mankato. The Women’s Center provides programs, connections, advocacy, services, and leadership opportunities for all Minnesota State Mankato students.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,413 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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