KU News Release

April 18, 2011
Contact: Sonja Heath, Emily Taylor Women's Resource Center, 785-864-3600

KU to observe Sexual Assault Awareness Week April 18-22

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas will observe Sexual Assault Awareness Week, April 18 to 22, with guest speakers, a panel discussion and a candlelight vigil.

Throughout the week, students and staff will have tables in front of Wescoe Hall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to encourage students to place their thumbprints on a Pledge of Solidarity to hold others accountable. Pledge tables will also be set up in three residence dining halls on Tuesday and Friday evenings.

“The thumbprints serve as a symbolic reminder of commitment to hold others accountable for their actions and to intervene when at all possible,” said Sonja Heath, assistant director of the Emily Taylor Women’s Resource Center.

Events are planned around a theme for each day.

Monday’s theme is “Defining Sexual Assault.” From noon to 1 p.m., a brown bag discussion on “Sexual Assault in the LGBT Community,” in partnership with the Kansas City Anti-Violence Project, will take place at the Walnut Room in the Kansas Union. At 7 p.m., a keynote presentation will take place at Alderson Auditorium in the Kansas Union. Kelly Addington and Becca Tieder will speak on “Let’s Talk About ‘IT.’ ” The two women, both from Florida, are activists, educators and authors. They founded Unite for Change in 2006, a global campaign to promote sexual assault awareness and prevention, sexual health and healthy sexuality. Known as Kelly and Becca, they have been featured on Dateline NBC as experts on the dangers of sexual assault and date rape drugs, appeared on CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox.

Tuesday’s theme is “Bystander Intervention: How you can help.” From 5 to 6:30 p.m., there will be Pledge of Solidarity information tables in three residence hall dining halls: Mrs. E’s, Oliver and GSP/Corbin.

Wednesday’s theme is “Men’s Outreach: It’s a men’s issue too.” Men are encouraged to wear blue that day to to express solidarity and to raise awareness about the importance of the week’s events. At 6:30 p.m., a panel discussion on sexual assault will take place at

Alderson Auditorium in the Kansas Union, with opening remarks by Barry Grissom, U.S. Attorney for the District of Kansas. Panelists include KU students Dagoberto Heredia, a senior from Great Bend and president of HALO, and Ben Pyle, a junior from Ames, Iowa, and vice president of administrative affairs for the Interfraternity Council; KU staff members Ken Sarber, public health educator from Student Health Services, and Chris Stoppel, associate director of New Student Orientation; and Shade Keys Little.

Thursday’s theme will be “Honoring Survivors.” At 7:45 p.m. there will be a candlelight vigil at Wescoe Beach. Students, faculty, staff and community members will gather to read impact statements from survivors. They will stand silently along Jayhawk Boulevard as the campanile bell tolls 561 times (approximately 20 minutes), the number of survivors from Douglas and Jefferson counties that GaDuGi Safe Center has assisted in the past year. Amy Price, Lawrence Police Department detective, will provide opening remarks.

Friday’s theme is “Consent & Alcohol.” From 5 to 6:30 p.m. there will be Pledge of Solidarity information tables in residence hall dining halls: Mrs. E’s, Oliver and GSP/Corbin.

The Emily Taylor Women’s Resource Center, a division of the Student Involvement and Leadership Center, sponsors the events along with many campus and community groups.

Students participating in the men’s outreach panel are listed below by hometown, level in school, major, parents’ names and high school.

From Great Bend 67530
Dagoberto Heredia, senior in psychology; Maria and Dagoberto Heredia; Great Bend High School.

From Ames 50014
Benjamin Andrew Pyle, junior in architectural studies; Douglas and Jo Ellen Pyle; Ames High School.

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