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Healthy relationships is focus of awareness week

September 8, 2017

KOKOMO, Ind. — “If you see something, say something.”

As part of Indiana University Kokomo’s commitment to leading the fight against sexual violence, the campus is hosting its annual Sexual Assault Awareness Week beginning Monday, September 11.

“As students transition from high school to college, they will experience many new situations,” said Audra Dowling, dean of students. “We want students to understand what a healthy relationship looks like, how to help themselves or a friend, and realize that it’s on us, all of us, to do everything we can to prevent sexual assault at IU Kokomo.”

Red flags will be placed around campus, reminding people to stand up and speak up when they see a “red flag” or warning sign.

“We emphasize bystander intervention, to encourage our students, faulty, and staff to step up and step in if they see something going on,” said Dowling.

Learn more about resources available in the community from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, September 11, in the Kelley Student Center Commons. The resource table also will be available Thursday, September 14, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Tuesday, the interactive program Sex Signals will explore issues surrounding dating, sex, active consent, and date rape on college campus, using a unique combination of improvisational comedy, education, and audience participation. 

Doors open at 11:30 a.m., with the program at noon, in the Main Building, Room 150. The first 50 people will receive free T-shirts.

Wednesday, take the “It’s On Us” pledge to stop sexual assault, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Kelley Student Center Commons. Students also may sign the pledge from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday. “It’s On Us” is a national campaign to address the issue of sexual assault on college campuses and encourages everyone to make a personal commitment to step up and help prevent sexual assault.

The awareness week will be followed by additional programming throughout the semester, and Dowling’s office provides training throughout the school year for student groups and organizations.

“We encourage everyone to get involved, learn more about policies and resources, and find support if you need it,” she said.

For more information, go to stopsexualviolence.iu.edu.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

Last updated: 09/08/2017