Penn State events mark Sexual Assault Awareness Month

University Park, Pa. — April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and throughout the month, members of the Penn State community are taking the opportunity to raise awareness of issues surrounding sexual assault.

Nationally, Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) raises awareness of sexual violence and its prevention through special events while highlighting sexual violence as a major public health issue and reinforces the need for prevention efforts.

Throughout the month of April, various departments around the University Park campus have planned events such as the annual Tunnel of Oppression, films, discussions and self-defense meetings to raise awareness.  Some of the events planned are as follows:

April 1:  “Rape Is..” film in 203 Boucke
April 7-9: Tunnel of Oppression, Monday-Tuesday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; 6 p.m.-8 p.m./Wednesday noon-5 p.m.; 7-9 p.m., HUB Heritage Hall
April 7-11: Sexual Assault Awareness Poster Campaign
April 9: The emotional impact of Rape, featuring sexual assault counseling specialists  7-8 p.m. 325 HUB
April 14:  Sexual Assault Familiarization Exchange (SAFE) self defense program, 7-9 p.m., Waring Study Lounge
April 16:  Take Back the Night March, begins at 6 p.m., Old Main
April 22:  Gathering of Hope and healing for survivors of sexual assault
April 30:  RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network) Day 2008

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Last Updated November 18, 2010