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University of Tennessee spreading awareness of Sexual Assault

University of Tennessee are planning events all month long to spread awareness of Sexual Assault.
Published: Apr. 8, 2021 at 4:25 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -According to experts at the University of Tennessee, one in four women are victims of sexual assault and for men it’s one in 16, Groups on campus are working to change that.

The university is planning in-person and virtual events all month to spread awareness and bring those numbers down.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and one thing officials at the university are trying to help people remember in a moment where someone needs help is the acronym A.C.T. which stands for Acknowledge the Situation, Consider the Options and Take Action.

“There’s always someone here for you. And I think, again, like it’s, it can be hard when you’re in a really challenging moment to sort of see sort of beyond that challenge but just recognizing that, you know, whatever it is that you’re going through whatever it is that you need some assistance with. You know our campus is set up with multiple avenues and multiple different offices and folks that are here to support student,” said Bilqis Amatus-Salaam, Wellness Coordinator with UT Center for Health Education and Wellness.

UT’s Center for Health Education and Wellness, in collaboration with the Center for Student Engagement, the Department of Child and Family Studies, the College of Social Work, the Office of Title IX, and Teaching and Learning Innovation, has planned programming to educate and encourage students, faculty, staff, and community members to take action and serve as active bystanders prepared to prevent and respond to potential situations of sexual harassment.

“When we talk about what it takes to prevent sexual assault, it means having hard conversations, it means being an active bystander. It is not something that is solely on the person, to sort of try and protect themselves against,” said Amatus-Salaam.

To sign up for the upcoming events planned at the university visit the website here.

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