UM-Flint Campus Events for Sexual Assault Awareness Weeks

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UM-Flint's annual Take Back the Night march
UM-Flint's annual Take Back the Night march

The University of Michigan-Flint is hosting a series of events for its annual Sexual Assault Awareness Weeks.

The events, this week, and next, “highlight the issues of sexual assault, and promote awareness, bystander intervention and comprehensive services to survivors,” said Molly Barnard, a university sexual assault awareness and prevention advocate in the Women’s Education Center (WEC). The program of events are sponsored by the WEC and Student Government.

“UM-Flint has made a commitment to highlight the issue of sexual assault and create a campus culture that is respectful, safe, and consent-based,” said Chancellor Susan E. Borrego. “Sexual assault is not just an individual issue; it is a community issue that we must tackle together. The #ItsOnUs campaign challenges us to stop sexual assault and I’m hoping you will join your Student Government and the Women’s Education Center at one or more of the events during the next two weeks.”

The events include:

The Hunting Ground Screening & Discussion

Tuesday, March 29th
6:00–8:00 PM
Kiva, University Center
Documentary screening and panel discussion

Got Consent? Theatre Performance & Discussion

Wednesday, March 30th
6:00–8:00 PM
Kiva, University Center
Let’s talk about sex…and consent!
Co-sponsored with Student Theatre Group

Sexual Assault Speak Out

Thursday, March 31st
5:30–7:30PM
Michigan Rooms A & B
This is a confidential event where survivors of sexual assault share their experiences.
Co-sponsored with Students for Free Thought

“Advocates from the WEC and YWCA will be at the event to assist anyone who may need to speak privately during or after the event,” Barnard said. “If a survivor doesn’t want to tell their story themselves, they can opt to submit their story anonymously through this link, and have a pre-determined volunteer read at the event. https://formassembly.umflint.edu/3810 

Supporting a Survivor Workshop

Monday, April 4th
6:30–8:00 PM
Happenings Room, University Center
Learn how to help a friend after an assault has occurred.
Co-sponsored with Student Theatre Group

Candid Campus Conversation: Human Trafficking

Tuesday, April 5th
5:30–7:30 PM
Happenings Room, University Center
Join us for a candid discussion about the sex trafficking industry in the U.S.

Self-Defense Workshop with Dr. Morey

Wednesday, April 6th
5:30–7:30 PM
Michigan Rooms A & B
Come for a free session including self-defense strategies in intimate situations.

Take Back the Night

Thursday, April 7th
6:00–8:00 PM
Michigan Rooms A–C
This is the 7th annual rally and march against sexual violence.
Co-sponsored with Ellen Bommarito LGBT Center, Criminal Justice Club, Students for Free Thought, and the Social Work Club

“The rally will include information about sexual assault in different communities, a story from a survivor, and an emphasis on bystander intervention,” Barnard said.

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