Fullerton College will join communities around the nation in recognizing April as National Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). Several activities and events will be hosted throughout the month to help raise awareness among college students about sexual assault and violence against women and men. The campus-wide events are open to the entire FC community and are designed to educate, strengthen awareness and provide access to a network of support.
On Monday, April 8 the Cadena Cultural Center will host guest speaker and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Susan Leavy, who will lead an Intimate Partner Violence Prevention Seminar from 10:15-11:30 a.m. in Building 200, Room 224. The seminar is designed to help students identify the early signs of an abusive relationship, the cycle of intimate partner violence, and steps to take to recognize it and stop it. Leavy is a returning guest speaker to Fullerton College. She holds a Master of Science in Counseling and teaches psychology at Cal State Fullerton.
A Walk in Our Shoes and The Clothesline Project will both return to the list of 2019 Fullerton College SAAM events on April 9 on the quad. A Walk in Our Shoes challenges men to take a one-mile walk in women’s shoe to raise awareness about violence against women. Several male instructors, administrators and students have already committed to participate. The walk begins at 11:30 a.m. To participate email Jodi Balma at JBalma@fullcoll.edu.
Meanwhile, The Clothesline Project will transform the trees in the quad to resemble a clothesline with hanging T-shirts. The T-shirts provide a canvas and powerful display for sexual violence victims and their supporters to express their emotions using personal expression and art. The Clothesline Project will be displayed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information contact Kelly Nelson-Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, the Fullerton College community is encouraged to support National SAAM activities by learning more about how to prevent sexual violence, resources to support victims of sexual assault and additional events offered by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. This year the national campaign’s theme is “I Ask,” which champions the message that asking for consent is a healthy, normal, and necessary part of everyday interactions. For more information visit www.nsvrc.org/saam