Sunday, April 9, 2017

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

The month of April is Sexual Assault Awareness month, (SAAM). The purpose is to raise awareness about sexual assault and to help clear up the many misconceptions that go along with sexual assault.

The Dick Smith Library is helping be apart of this by being a location that students can sign a pledge to be part of the solution. The form to sign the pledge is located at the circulation desk. After students sign the pledge, they can tape it to the glass windows by the lounge area.

Another way to be involved is by wearing the color teal on Tuesdays and posting and talking about Sexual Assault awareness to others. There will also be other ways to get involved, so be sure to check the calendar daily.

It is important to remember that "Rape is about power and control in which sex is the weapon". If consent is not given, then it is sexual assault. When alcohol is involved the attacker tries to use this as an excuse. However, this is NOT true. "Just because a person is intoxicated does not mean that a person gives up their right to physical safety".

Prevention is possible by education, encouraging safe behaviors, thoughtful polices and healthy relationships.

If you have been a victim of Sexual Assault, you do not have to work through this alone. Mental healing is important. If you wish to talk to someone the Tarleton Student Counseling Center is a safe and confidential place where you can talk. The Cross Timbers Trails Family Services is also available for counseling

Tarleton Student Counseling Center:
(254) 968-9044 Office Hours are M-F 8 AM - 5 PM.
Phone Calls outside of these hours will automatically be redirected to ProtoCall, staffed by counselors who can help you in a crisis.
Barry B. Thompson Student Center, Suite 212

Cross Timbers Trails Family Services
Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
24 hour hotline 254-965-4357
Toll-free line 866-934-4357
Alt Phone
866-934-4357 (business number)


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