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Georgia Southern to host Sexual Assault Awareness Week on Statesboro Campus Feb. 24-28

T-shirts hang in the Russell Union as part of the Clothesline Project.

The Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) and Sexual Assault Student Educators at Georgia Southern are working together with the University’s Counseling Center, Student Wellness and Health Promotion and the Office of Public Safety to help raise awareness about sexual assault and domestic violence while educating the campus community through Sexual Assault Awareness Week on the Statesboro Campus Feb. 24 through 28.

“The Georgia Southern University Sexual Assault Response Team believes hosting Sexual Assault Awareness Week is important in order to provide education and consciousness-raising about sexual violence and its impacts,” said Lauren Patterson, chair of SART. “The Sexual Assault Response Team hopes to educate students, faculty, staff and the community to help everyone better understand what can be done to reduce the incidence rates of sexual violence and that survivors of sexual violence will feel seen, heard and supported.” 

Highlighted events for the week include:

Rape Aggression Defense Course (RAD)

3 to 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 24, through Wednesday, Feb. 26

The Office of Public Safety

Learn realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women. The course addresses risk awareness, risk reduction and risk avoidance while progressing onto basic self-defense. RAD is not a martial arts class. Preregistration to the event is required. 

The Clothesline Project

9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Thursday 

Russell Union Commons, Henderson Library and the Recreation Activity Center (RAC) 

The Clothesline Project is a T-shirt display that honors and empowers victims of violence. T-shirts with inscribed messages from victims of violence, representing Georgia Southern students impacted by violence against them, family, peers or friends, are hung around campus. Survivors of violence are encouraged to personalize T-shirts with their own messages and add them to the display. 

Take Back the Night March

7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 27

University Store Bus Stop

Survivors, supporters of survivors and all those who seek to put an end to sexual assault and domestic violence are invited to march through campus to raise awareness.


End the Violence Rally

Following the Take Back the Night March, Thursday Feb. 27

Russell Union Rotunda

Survivors are encouraged to let their voices be heard at this candlelight vigil and open mic event. All are invited to listen in support and learn how everyone plays a role in ending sexual assault and domestic violence. 
Sexual Assault Awareness Week on the Armstrong Campus is set for March 30 through April 3. For a complete schedule of events for both campuses, visit https://students.georgiasouthern.edu/counseling/sexual-assault-awareness-week/.

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