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Bringing light to sexual awareness By Ashley Meitz News Editor

In the United States, April marks Sexual Assault Awareness Month; 30 days for activists and general publics to raise awareness about sexual violence and educate communities and individuals on how to prevent it. The National Sexual Assault Awareness Month campaign aims itself at healthy sexuality and young people. Whether hosting unique fundraising events or acts intended to raise awareness, institutions around the globe take part. Moraine Valley is one of thousands of college campuses nationwide to join the 2014 Sexual Awareness Month campaign. Counseling and Career Development set forth a series of events in April in honor of survivors of sexual violence and as an attempt to promote knowledge of prevalent issues. “We want to bring the national day to our own local level on campus to support prevention, awareness, and resources and do our share,” said Paula Adduci, Moraine Valley Counselor. The Healthy Sexuality event took place on April 22. Students and staff

sought information at an informational table and were able to sign a banner, committing themselves to practice healthy sexuality. A Fashion Show hosted by Moraine Valley’s Fashion Valley Couture student club highlighted denim in honor of National Denim Day. An organization called Peace Over Violence has run Denim Day during Sexual Assault Awareness Month for the past 15 years after a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court, where a rape conviction was overturned because justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she implied consent. In response to this case, wearing jeans on Denim Day has become symbolic of protest against erroneous attitudes about sexual assault. On April 23, an Awareness Fair inside Room U111 sponsored by Pillars Community Services featured assault awareness videos, provided information and statistics and shared how to help as a bystander or with someone you know. Pillars is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to build a healthier community through connections and life changing events. “These events were meant to raise

awareness about sexual assault and healthy sexuality. We want our students to feel safe here on our campus and we want those who have been assaulted or know someone who’s been assaulted to know they have a safe place to process that. We want them to know they’re not alone and they have someone they could come and talk to,” explained Sou-

zan Naser, Moraine Valley Counselor. Students are encouraged to attend a safety demonstration on Tuesday, April 29. Tony Leon of Innovative Survival Arts will present a self-defense demonstration at 11 a.m. inside Room U111. Ashley Meitz can be contacted at news@

Members of the Counseling and Career Development Center showed local support for national Sexual Assault Awareness Month. [Courtesy of the Moraine Valley Library]

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