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April Sexual Assault Awareness Month Events Announced

Joint media conference is scheduled for Friday, March 30 at noon in Centennial Student Union Hearth Lounge.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 3-28-2018

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Mankato, Minn. – April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month throughout the United States, and the Violence Awareness and Response Program at Minnesota State University, Mankato has scheduled a series of events throughout the month intended to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals about prevention of sexual violence.

In an effort to show community support for Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Minnesota State Mankato Women’s Center and several other campus, local government and community organizations will hold a joint media conference Friday, March 30 at 12 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union’s Hearth Lounge (lower level) to discuss local events scheduled in April.

Local government and community participants in Friday’s media conference will include the Blue Earth County Attorney's Office, Committee Against Domestic Abuse and many more organizations.

A complete list of April’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month events is posted online at

All the events are free and open to the public. Events that require an RSVP are noted. To get involved or for more information about Sexual Assault Awareness Month at Minnesota State Mankato, contact Laura Schultz at or 507-389-5127.

This year’s national theme for Sexual Assault Awareness Month is “Embrace Your Voice.” There are many ways to embrace one’s voice, from practicing or providing consent to speaking out against stereotypes or gender biases. This campaign will provide the tools and resources needed for individuals and communities to take actionable steps toward ending sexual violence—starting with recognizing the power of one’s voice.

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.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 14,712 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which includes 30 colleges and seven universities.

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