This April, students will have the opportunity to participate in multiple events that will focus on bringing awareness to sexual assault.
Ethan Cates, junior philosophy major, is a survivor of sexual assault.
Cates felt inspired to create three different events on campus for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
Originally started at the University of Minnesota, Cates has brought the campaign No Gray to the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. The idea behind the campaign is to stress the importance of consent and show support to those who have survived a sexual assault.
The first event Cates put together is an open discussion about what No Gray means, which will take place on Apr. 25.
The other two events, a lecture by Cates and “Sex in the Dark” will be on Apr. 26 and 27.
“This campaign is really trying to stop victim blaming, and show people that we are survivors and not victims. I consider myself a survivor and not a victim,” Cates said.
Lyn Ciurro, sophomore communication sciences and disorders major, is the programming liaison for the Women’s Resource Center. Promote Awareness Victim Empowerment is working alongside the Women’s Resource Center to help raise awareness of sexual assault.
According to Ciurro, the Women’s Resource Center is directly coordinating the annual event “Take Back the Night,” with the help from PAVE. “Take Back the Night” gives survivors a chance to share their stories and take part in a march through campus.
“There is not a lot of discussion on sexual assault. This month is aiming to discuss what is happening and ways that we can combat it,” Ciurro said.
Jac Weitzel, sophomore graphic design major, is PAVE’s director of “Survivor’s Voice.”
Weitzel is in charge of putting the annual “Survivor’s Voice” booklet together for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The book showcases survivor’s stories, and will be coming out later this month.
As a survivor of sexual assault, Weitzel has become extremely passionate about bringing awareness to the crime. Weitzel admitted that it was difficult to read some of the booklet submissions because the stories were so powerful and raw.
“I hope that people reading the booklet will find healing and strength. We all know someone who has been assaulted, it effects everyone,” Weitzel said.