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Sexual Assault Awareness Month Kicks Off in Superior

Updated: April 01, 2019 06:14 PM

CASDA and community partners have kicked off Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Superior. The theme for this year's campaign is, "I Ask."

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It builds on the idea that consent is a healthy, normal, and necessary part of everyday interactions, like asking to hold someone's hand to determining whether a partner is interested in sex. The campaign will also highlight the importance of listening to and accepting the answer without pressuring someone to change their minds.

"When you think of, I Ask, it makes consent the responsibility of all of us, rather than looking for people who are predators," explained Nicole Thole, sexual assault program coordinator of CASDA. "Consent it not just about intimate relationships. It's looking at everyday practices, like asking if it's OK to hug someone or touch someone."

Monday, UW-Superior hosted t-shirt decorating in the Yellowjacket Union. This was an opportunity for survivors of sexual or domestic violence to express themselves. T-shirts will then be displayed as part of the Clothesline Project, which gives voice to survivors and raises awareness of sexual and domestic violence.

Some of the messagse included, 'Ask 4 Help,' 'It happened before I could even comprehend,' 'Still healing.'

Alaina Johnson, her fiance, and a friend stopped by to make shirts. They told us they know people impacted by both sexual and domestic violence, and wanted to share the message that survivors are not alone. "It's a huge issue, and it's not really talked about. But I encourage people to share what happened to them, because there are those out there who can help you."

One of the women organizing the t-shirt event was Makenzie Hill, a junior, who has volunteered with CASDA before. "They give people a voice," she shared.  "I think it's so important to have your voice heard. Everyone is here to support eachother."

The t-shirts will be displayed later this month on the staircase of the Yellowjacket Union. If you didn't make one, but still want to play a role in the solution, Thole said, "Believe survivors and victims. That's the most important thing you can do. Believe and support and be with them."

On Tuesday, at 9am, there will be a mayoral proclamation at the Douglas County Government Center atrium. Also on Tuesday, from 8am-12pm, volunteers will be staffing sexual assault awareness tables at a number of Superior locations, including Red Mug, Big Apple Bagels, and UWS.

Wednesday, April 10th, from 9am-5:30pm, the Wednesday Bakery will be offering teal-colored treats in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Then on Thursday, April 11th, from 4:30-6pm, there will be a sexual assault awareness themed resource fair for LGBTQ+ individuals and their allies at the Old Main Pope Center at UWS.

Monday, April 15th, watch for red flags on the UWS campus to highligh dating violence on college campuses.

Wednesday, April 17th, from 5:30-9pm, there will be a sexual assault mock trial followed by a discussion in the Great Room at the Yellowjacket Union.

And finally, on Wednesday, April 25th, from 5-8pm, the film 'Audrie and Daisy' will be shown at Vintage Italian Pizza , at 1201 Tower Avenue.

If you need help, please call CASDA: 715-392-3136

On the Iron Range, the Sexual Assault Program of Northern St. Louis County will be tying teal and blue ribbons around trees, to promote awareness.

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