MEDIA ADVISORY: Pace University Sexual Assault Awareness Week

Pace University students, faculty and staff will engage in anti-violence activism during Sexual Assault Awareness Week, April 14 – 20, on Pace’s downtown New York City campus. Sexual Assault Awareness Week, planned in April in conjunction with national Sexual Assault Awareness Month, raises awareness about sexual assault and offers preventive measures and resources.

PACE UNIVERSITY SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS WEEK

Take Back the Night among awareness events planned

NEW YORK, NY, April 2, 2012Pace University students, faculty and staff will engage in anti-violence activism during Sexual Assault Awareness Week, April 14 – 20, on Pace’s downtown New York City campus. Sexual Assault Awareness Week, planned in April in conjunction with national Sexual Assault Awareness Month, raises awareness about sexual assault and offers preventive measures and resources.

A two-part self-defense workshop will take place Monday, April 16 at 12:00pm at One Pace Plaza room W616 and Tuesday, April 17th from 3:30pm – 4:25pm in room E327. Also on Tuesday, April 17th at 3:30pm, Marijo Russell-O’Grady, dean for students at Pace’s downtown campus will hold a workshop on Bullying/Bystander Behavior and will show the film “the Undetected Rapist” at One Pace Plaza, Room West 615.

Jen Gaffney from the New York District Attorney’s Sex Crimes unit will speak to Pace students on Wednesday, April 18th at 1:00pm at 41 Park Row, 9th floor lounge. She will walk participants through victim rights and the process of what happens when a sex crime is committed.

Take Back the Night (TBTN), a national vigil dedicated to survivors of “crimes of silence,” will be held April 19 when Pace students, staff and faculty will take to the streets at 9:00pm with t-shirts, signs and candles to raise awareness of sexual assault.

A panel discussion on gender violence entitled “Women and Violence–Connections to Movements,” will kick off TBTN on April 19 in Lienhard Lecture Hall, One Pace Plaza from 5:00pm – 7:00pm. The discussion will not only raise awareness but also will focus on how policies and laws can shape the support and services that survivors of violence can access. Pace political science professor Meghana Nayak, Ph.D. will moderate the panel that will include New York Latinas Against Domestic Violence and the Global Justice Center. The panel will be followed by a talk by Pace alumna Kelly Herbert, coordinator of the LGBTQA and social justice center at Pace, and then the procession through the streets.

On April 14 Pace is hosting Flip It: Students Organizing Against Violence, a citywide student summit with the goal of building community awareness for student safety, sexual assault policies on campus, and promotion through the arts. The event is sponsored by A Long Walk Home, NOW-NYC, and SAFER. This event is by invitation only.

About Take Back the Night Speaker Kelly Herbert

Ten years ago as a student at Pace Kelly Herbert spoke on the steps of One Pace Plaza for Take Back the Night before marching over the Brooklyn Bridge with a group of women and men in solidarity against sexual assault and rape. Herbert is known for her impassioned drive toward justice and change and led the grassroots movement at Pace to establish the newly formed LGBTQA and Social Justice Center.  She is a candidate for a Doctorate in Jurisprudence from Fordham University School of Law and is devoted to social justice work and challenging the perpetuation of legal inequities against various classes of people. Herbert has appeared on Fox News and WPIX advocating for equality.

About Pace University

For 105 years Pace has produced thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

Contact: Cara Cea, ccea@pace.edu, 914-906-9680

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