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Starting today, OnlyWithConsent will host Sexual Violence Awareness Week at Penn State. The first event kicks off today, with other activities planned every day through Friday. The week-long event is partially sponsored by UPUA; the organization spent roughly $6000 to help fund it. Help and resources about sexual violence will be at each event during the week, and free “Only With Consent” T-shirts and One Heart campaign bracelets will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis. The week’s initiatives have an official hashtag, #weCare, and can be followed at @WE_cARE_PSU.

One Heart Campaign’s Awareness Event is behind held from 9 am to 4 pm today in the Business Building Atrium.

Tuesday will feature an OnlyWithConsent event in the HUB from 9-4 at table 2 on the first floor. OnlyWithConsent wants you to help them break the silence regarding sexual violence by signing a banner and participating in a silent protest that “reminds people that sex can only be sensual if it is CONSENSUAL!” One Heart Campaign will also continue their awareness event in the Business Building Atrium. At 1 pm in Heritage Hall, you can attend a self-defense class. Later that day, from 6-8 pm, PHREE (Peers Helping Reaffirm, Educate, and Empower) will host a “Let’s Talk Sex” event in the Hashburger room at the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center.

On Wednesday, you can go to Campus Candy from 2-11 pm, where 25% of the proceeds will help benefit the Centre County Women’s Resource Center. This center doesn’t help just women — it helps children and men as well. There will also be a toiletry drive at Campus Candy and at the Greek Office in the HUB. You can donate various toiletries like shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc. These toiletries will also go to the Centre County Women’s Resource Center.  At 6 pm that night, Lambda Theta Alpha is hosting Take Back the Night at the Old Main steps. This event is designed to help survivors of sexual violence “take back the night” and rally.

Finally, on Thursday, Men Against Violence will hold a “Walk in Her Shoes” at 1 pm on the steps of Boucke. This event is geared towards getting students to show their support for survivors of sexual violence.

Come out this week and show support for a cause that is so crucial to the college-age demographic.

About the Author

Meghin Moore

Meghin is a senior majoring in Broadcast Journalism and minoring in English. She transferred from the Harrisburg campus as a junior to finish out her schooling at University Park. She has a passion for all things music, fashion, art, and food. She's a Pennsylvania native (born outside of Pittsburgh, and lived in Lebanon for 11 years), but resides in Virginia when she's not in school, and has moved a total of ten times in her life, mostly thanks to the military.

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