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Events at LR focus on the issue of sexual assault - April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Events at LR focus on the issue of sexual assault - April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, numerous events for students and community members are planned at Lenoir-Rhyne University to bring attention to this important issue. From April 3 through the 7, a display table will be set up in Cromer Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., offering valuable information about protection against sexual assault, reporting incidents, and support resources. Student volunteers will be available to answer questions and distribute teal ribbons which can be worn throughout the week to promote and support Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

April 3 - Viewing of Documentary: Hunting Ground and Panel Discussion

On Monday, April 3 a showing of the acclaimed documentary Hunting Ground is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Cromer Center Cafeteria. Directed by Kirby Dick and produced by Amy Ziering,

Hunting Ground tells the real-life stories of survivors of sexual assault on campuses across the United States. Through first person testimonies, the film portrays the victims' struggles to pursue their educations while fighting for justice. Audience members will be asked to share their thoughts and insights through a panel discussion following the film. Panel guests will include LR staff members Dawn Floyd, Director of Compliance and Title IX Coordinator; Dr. Katie Fisher, Assistant Provost and Dean of Student Life; Dr. Mindy Makant, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies; Jodi Jabs, Director of Student Activities; and Jennifer Drum, LR Counselor and Adjunct Instructor. Norris Yoder, Director of Security for LR will also join the panel along with Kim Craig of the Hickory Police Department.

April 4 - Got Consent? Social Media Campaign

On Tuesday, April 4, LR students are invited to participate in a social media campaign titled Got Consent? The purpose of the campaign is to help define and recognize consent before engaging in any type of sexual activity. Students will be invited to write their definitions of consent on white boards which will be posted on social media along with photos of participants. The campaign will be conducted at the display table in Cromer Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

April 5 - Be MORE than a Bystander Social Media Campaign

Be MORE than a Bystander is the theme of an additional social media campaign scheduled for Wednesday, April 5. A video providing the perspective of a bystander who witnesses a potential sexual assault will be shown at the display table. Participants will be asked to write their ideas about the responsibilities of a bystander on wooden signs displayed in the Cromer Center. Those messages, along with photos, will be posted on social media.

April 6 - Guest Speaker: Daniel Faill

The theme for Thursday, April 6 is Supporting Survivors; information and resources will be provided at the display table. In addition, the University will welcome guest speaker Daniel Faill at 7 p.m. in P.E. Monroe Auditorium. Faill will share his personal experience with sexual assault. His program, A Night To Forget, serves as testimony that sexual assault is not just a women's issue but one that can affect everyone, even the most invincible of men. Faill is the Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life at Elon University. He has over 12 years of higher education experience, focusing mainly on student leadership and development through student life, clubs and organizations, and fraternity and sorority life. He is the co-editor of the book Glee and New Directions for Social Change (2009) which focuses on youth, media, and social culture.

Following his presentation, Faill will participate in a "Take Back the Night" walk through campus, scheduled at 8:30 p.m. beginning at the entrance of P.E. Monroe Auditorium. Throughout the candle-lit walk, survivors of sexual assault from the Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network (RAINN) will share their personal experiences and encourage any participants who are also victims to do the same. Participants will stop at various locations – including Grace Chapel and the newly constructed labyrinth – to listen and share compelling stories. RAINN is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization.

April 7 - Discussion: What's Next?

The display table will be moved outside into Shaw Plaza on Friday, April 7 to encourage discussions about What's Next? Campus and community members will be asked to share their ideas about the next steps they can take as individuals to help prevent sexual assault.

April 11 - Guest Speaker: Bonny Shade

LR will welcome a second guest speaker on Tuesday, April 11 at 7 p.m. in P.E. Monroe Auditorium. Bonny Shade, Associate Director for Fraternity and Sorority Life at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte and active member of the For College For Life organization, will share her personal experience as a victim of sexual assault. In her powerful program, Just Another Assault, Shade provides an in-depth look at issues surrounding assault, rape culture, and healing. She describes how her journey has involved an understanding acquaintance-based assaults, post-traumatic stress disorder, and the importance of sharing her experience to help others find the truth in their own. A published author in leadership and risk reduction, Shade is using her voice and story to lead and make a difference. This presentation is being sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.

For more information about Sexual Assault Awareness Month and events scheduled at LRU, visit lr.edu/publicevents or contact Jodi Jabs: jodi.jabs@lr.edu, 828.328.7998 or Dawn Floyd: dawn.floyd@lr.edu, 828.328.7040.