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Sexual Assault Awareness Month Events to be Held Throughout April

First event is scheduled for Monday, April 7.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office Announcement, 4-1-2014

Mankato, Minn. -- Minnesota State University, Mankato's Violence Awareness and Response Program and Women's Center are holding a series of events throughout April to increase awareness of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. All events are free and open to the public.

The goal of Sexual Assault Awareness Month is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals about prevention of sexual violence.

For more information, please contact Laura Schultz by phone at 507-389-5127 or by email at

Planning and implementation of these programs was made possible with assistance from: Minnesota State Mankato's Department of Residential Life, Committee Against Domestic Abuse, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, LGBT Center and Student Health Services.

The scheduled events include:

T-shirt and sign decorating

  • Monday, April 7, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., Women’s Center, CSU 218

Take Back the Night

  • Tuesday, April 8 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., CSU Mall (rain location: flexible programming space – lower level of CSU)
  • "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.

CADA Trivia Night

  • Thursday, April 17, 8 p.m. to 10 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 Erika at

Violence-Free Zone Training

  • Friday, April 18, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., CSU 203
  • 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

Campus-Wide Denim Day Photo

  • Wednesday, April 23, 12 p.m.
  • Meet in front of Ballroom (Ballroom Lounge)
  • 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.

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

The mission of the Minnesota State Mankato 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.

For Minnesota State Mankato events: individuals with a disability, who need reasonable accommodation to participate in this event, are asked to contact the Office of Accessibility Resources at 507-389-2825 (V/TTD), 800-627-3529 or 711 (MRS/TTD) at least five days prior to the event.

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