PITTSBURG — As a form of activism, Pittsburg State University students wore teal this week for Sexual Assault Activism Month.
PSU’s Students for Violence Prevention is sponsoring various events throughout the month of April to bring awareness and information on sexual assault.
They began the first week of April by teaching students about Title IX and promoted an action day which encouraged students to wear teal colored clothing and share it on social media using the hashtag #PSUSAAM.
SVP Member Latayzia Harris said Title IX prohibits discrimination at educational institutions after a sexual assault. The group shared facts about Title IX including university responsibilities and student rights on Monday.
Under Title IX, Harris said, students who are victims of sexual assault have an option to be away from the assaulter during the school year, such as making sure they don’t take the same classes.
“The university has their back if they went through a traumatic event,” Harris said.
Starting Monday, the group’s next topic will be fighting rape culture week. At the Overman Student Center University Club there will be a “What Were You Wearing?” survivor art installation with SVP and Safehouse Crisis Center. People can come in from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday to view the installation.
SVP will continue the discussion at booths from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday at OSC Crossroads.
Their activism continues the following week on April 16 which will focus on supporting survivors.
The weeking following, April 23-27, they will focus on self-care which will include a Room of Secrets.
“It’s an opportunity for people to post sticky notes of the traumatic event they experienced,” Harris said. “If they don’t feel comfortable they can write a positive note to leave on someone else’s experience.”
Harris said one in five college age women have been sexually assaulted, one in 16 college age men have been sexually assaulted and one in five college age transgender, genderqueer or non gender conforming have been sexually assaulted.
— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.