Temple Student Government kicked off Temple University’s first ever Sexual Assault Prevention Week with a festival designed to raise more awareness about the issues surrounding sexual violence on college campuses.
Student artwork featured at the event focused on the stigmas surrounding sexual assault and celebrated empowered women.
Amelia Burns, president of Student Activists Against Sexual Assault, and Tyrell Mann-Barnes, TSG President, both expressed that this event and the entire Sexual Assault Prevention Week was a passion project of theirs.
Amelia noted that the force behind this week’s programming is the need for better education about sexual assault and increased conversations.
“I don’t think sexual assault is something that’s talked about, we just want to start talking about it and make people not afraid to have these conversations.”
Organizations like Planned Parenthood, She’s the First, and Feminist Majority Alliance were there to show their support. With all of these organizations gathering in one place to share new information, Tyrell found people were more willing to have conversations about sexual assault.
“We wanted to create a space where so many different organizations were in solidarity together, basically combating rape culture on our campus.”
TSG and Student Activists Against Sexual Assault are hoping the student artwork and performances will resonate past the end of the week, and conversations will continue to happen throughout the entire college experience.