SAU Observes Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Starting this week, Spring Arbor University is hosting three events to spark conversations and educate students about this important topic.

Event #1: Supporting Survivors of Abuse with Brad Hieftje

To kick off Sexual Assault Awareness Month, SAU has invited Brad Hieftje, a trauma therapist with Resilience: Advocates for Ending Violence, to host a Zoom training on supporting survivors of abuse.

Students, faculty, and staff can tune in to the event on April 14th at 10 am. Check the SAU app to sign-up and access the Zoom link.

Event #2: Personal Protection Workshop with Scott Krebill

On April 15th at 8 pm, students can attend a Personal Protection Workshop in the RCF. The workshop, led by the Campus Safety Director, Scott Krebill, aims to empower students and train them to prioritize their safety.

Students planning to attend the event can sign-up using the link provided on the SAU app.

Event #3: Denim Day

SAU’s Social Work Association is hosting a Denim Day on April 28. They are encouraging the SAU community to wear denim to support the important concept of consent.

The Denim Day campaign began in response to the Italian Supreme Court overturning a rape conviction. Since the victim was wearing tight jeans, the justices felt that she must have helped the person who raped her remove her jeans. They felt this implied consent.

Denim Day is an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to protest the misconceptions surrounding sexual violence and highlight the importance of consent by wearing jeans. For more information, students can visit the Social Work Association booth outside the DC at lunch or dinner to learn more.

By: Merry Castle