Temple University is hosting its very own Sexual Assault Prevention Week in an effort to educate students, empower them, and to further battle the unwanted presence of sexual assault on campus. It will take place from Monday, September 11, to Friday, September 15.
First on Monday, there will be an event called “Owl Stand Up” at the Skate Park from 6 to 9 PM. With art, poetry, music and storytelling, those who are victims of sexual assault will be given the opportunity to share their compelling experiences. Discussions are to be open and non-judgemental, and support from allies and supporters will be welcomed into this safe space.
On Tuesday, September 12, students can learn how to be more assertive if they attend the “Bystander Intervention” at the Howard Gittis Student Center Underground from 5 to 6 PM. Students will be taught the necessary skills and tactics that will give them the confidence to take initiative in situations that indicate possible assault, harassment, or violence.
On Wednesday, September 13, there will be a “Know Your Resource Panel” at the Howard Gittis Student Center (Room 223) from 5 to 6 PM. The panel will teach students about resources that can be found on and off campus. This event is helpful for students who don’t know who to talk to if they need help recovering from their experience or if they are supporting another victim who is trying to recover.
On Thursday, September 14, students have the opportunity to learn how to effectively fight against perpetrators in a self-defense workshop at the Howard Gittis Student Center (Room 200A) from 3 to 5 PM. Self-defense coaches will teach students the basic ability to protect themselves. If students would rather not attend discussion based events, they should show up at this more active and physical one.
The week will be capped off at the Temple vs. UMass football game located at Lincoln Financial Field on Friday. Temple University and Temple Athletics are proud to announce the It’s on Us campaign at the game; their goal is to “affirm [to everyone present there] the importance of engaging in the conversation in order to end the perpetuation of rape culture.”
The activities and events this week are meant to strengthen Temple students in the fight against sexual assault, harassment, and domestic violence, which are still quite prevalent on campuses everywhere today.