Sexual Violence Awareness Week Kicks Off Monday

Penn State’s Sexual Violence Awareness Week full of events, speakers, and activities starts today, courtesy of UPUA.

The week kicks off with the 6th annual “Walk A Mile In Her Shoes” event at 12 p.m. on Monday, complemented by a talk about Sexual violence in America and worldwide with Eve Ensler, creator of The Vagina Monologues, in Alumni Hall at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday’s activities begin at the Palmer Art Museum with Penn State feminist, Art Education Researcher, Hyunji Kwon’s presentation of artwork at 2:30 p.m. The pieces share a common theme of distress that the female artists have sustained through forced sex slavery, political violence, and other traumatic experiences. Catch a screening of Jackson Katz’s Tough Guise 2 Freeman Auditorium at 8 p.m. The film touches on social constructs and the true definition of masculinity.

Stand For State‘s bystander intervention workshop is slated for Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. in 233 HUB. The events leaders hope to teach students how to make the transition from passive to active in their support of sexual assault and harassment victims. Penn State’s two-year-old chapter of Sisters on the Runway hosts its annual fashion show later on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. The event, complete with Penn State dance and a capella groups, raises funds for the Centre County Women’s Resource Center.

The Pursuit of Truth, a documentary following the plight of adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse who decide to take legal matters against their abusers, will be screened Thursday night at 8 p.m. in Waring Commons. The film’s directors will lead a discussion following the screening.

The week’s activities end with a gala benefiting the Centre County Women’s Resource Center at the Hintz Family Alumni Center 6-8 p.m. on Friday. Food, speakers, and a walk-through of a sexual assault survivor’s experience will highlight the night.

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