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Sexual Assault Awareness Month events to take place throughout April

Programs, events scheduled throughout April.


The Violence Awareness and Response Program and The Women’s Center will host programs and events during April, Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). SAAM events will raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate communities and individuals about violence prevention.

A detailed list of SAAM events is found below:

The Clothesline Project:

  • Tuesday, April 3, 11a.m.-1p.m. in CSU 285
  • Wednesday, April 4, 11a.m.-1p.m. in CSU 285

The Clothesline Project will address the issue of violence against women through 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.

Screening of “Miss Representation”:

  • Wednesday, April 4, 7-9:30p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium

Miss Representation uncovers a glaring reality we live with every day but fail to see. This film explores how the media’s misrepresentations of women have led to the under representation of women in positions of power and influence. Entertainment Weekly called the film, “Inspiring” and Variety wrote, “An admirable work of media literacy education.”

Take Back the Night:

  • Thursday, April 5, 6-9p.m. in the CSU Mall (Rain Location: Hearth Lounge)

Take Back the Night is 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.

Sexual Assault Awareness Town Hall Meeting:

  • Tuesday, April 10, 6:30-7:30p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium

The event will feature a panel of community professionals who work with victims and offenders of sexual violence. Each of the members will explain her/his role in responding to and eliminating sexual violence, information about its impact on the community, and will answer questions related to her/his field of expertise. There will also be an opportunity for college and community members in attendance to ask questions and/or share their own thoughts. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Samantha Coffin at

Violence-Free Zone Training:

  • Thursday, April 19, 12-1p.m. in CSU 256

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

Making waves: a feminist collective Zine Launch:

  • Wednesday, April 25, 11a.m.-2p.m. in the Lincoln Lounge, Centennial Student Union

Making waves: a feminist collective is an alternative publication that creates an outlet for the feminist voice on campus. Making waves is holding its sixth edition zine launch event, featuring a performance by PEACE, Sister Gin, spoken word performers, contributors to the zine, and students. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Jeni Haddad at

CADA Trivia:

  • Thursday, April 26, 8-11:30p.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. Two great local bands, Sister Gin and good night, gold dust will be playing from 10-11:30p.m. CADA will also award prizes and provide information about Sexual Assault Awareness Month. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Erika Boyer-Kern at

All events are free and open to the public. Planning and implementation of these programs were made possible with assistance from: MSU’s Department of Residential Life, Committee Against Domestic Abuse, The MSU student group “Men Against Violence”, The Office of Equal Opportunity & Title IX, The LGBT Center, La Mano and Student Health Services.

For more information about SAAM at Minnesota State University, Mankato, contact Laura Schultz at or 507.389.5127

About the Minnesota State University, 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 University, Mankato. VARP’s mission is to reduce the pervasiveness and effect of sexual violence, domestic/relationship violence, and stalking.

About the Minnesota State University, 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 University, Mankato. The Women's Center provides programs, connections, advocacy, services, and leadership opportunities for all MSU students.

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