ALTOONA, Pa. — April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and Penn State Altoona is hosting several events to help raise awareness and education about sexual violence.
Cover the Cruiser — Monday, April 25, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Academic Quad outside the Hawthorn Building.
Students are invited to show their support for victims and survivors of sexual assault by writing messages on Post-It notes and placing them on a police cruiser. There will be counselors and advocates from Family Services Inc. at this event to speak with students. This event is open to the public.
Sexual Assault Professionals Panel — Tuesday, April 26, at 7 p.m. in the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts.
Students are invited to attend a professional panel consisting of a victim services advocate, a sexual assault nurse examiner, a behavioral health specialist, and a state police officer. There will be presentations and students are encouraged to ask questions. Counselors and advocates from Family Services, Inc. will be on hand. This event is open to all Penn State Altoona students.
Clothesline Project — Wednesday, April 27, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Academic Quad outside the Hawthorn Building.
The Clothesline Project showcases the impact that sexual assault has on college campuses. T-shirts will be available on which students can write their own sexual assault story, words of affirmation, or supporting quote. These t-shirts will then be hung on a clothesline display. This event is open to the public.
Sex-Ed Bootcamp — Thursday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Wolf Kuhn Theatre of the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts.
Dr. Joni Frater and Esther Lastiqueare, founders and presenters of Sex-Ed Bootcamp, will offer their expertise on sex, consent, sexual health, and contraceptives. Students will also gain an understanding of what makes us "feel good,” both as individuals and with our partners. This event is open to all Penn State Altoona students.
These events are sensitive in nature and may contain content that is disturbing or triggering for some individuals. Participant discretion is advised. Family Services Inc. will have multiple advocates available at every event.
The events are sponsored by Penn State Altoona’s Kappa Omicron Nu and Human Development and Family Studies student organization. More information can be found on Connect.