04/16/2008

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

WVU Student Health Services strives to raise awareness on campus

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – One in four women will be sexually assaulted during her college career.  Almost ninety percent of those victims will know their offender whether it is a classmate, ex-boyfriend, or acquaintance.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  West Virginia University’s Student Health Services (SHS) is offering several events this month to improve awareness and prevention of sexual assault.

Throughout the entire month of April, WVU’s SHS will host booths in the Mountainlair about sexual assault, and sexual assault prevention. Movies about sexual assault and the possible reasons why it occurs will be featured in the Mountainlair’s Gluck theatre.

“Sticker Day” takes place in the Mountainlair on April 23. Volunteers at the doors of the Mountainlair will give every fourth student who enters the building a sticker.  This is done to represent the one in four women who are sexually assaulted while in college.

Earlier this month, the "Clothesline Project” displayed t-shirts decorated by sexual assault victims. The t-shirts convey messages about what victims have experienced, and relate their accounts of what has happened to them. 

For more information regarding sexual assault, and the prevention of sexual assault, visit www.hsc.wvu.edu/shs/sexualAssault/sexualAssault.asp. 

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For more information:
Cassie Waugh, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
waughc@wvuh.com
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