Consent Week of activities on Eastern Michigan University's campus seeks to raise awareness about sexual violence
by Debra Johnson, Published March 31, 2014
YPSILANTI – Is there a gray area when it comes to consensual activities verses assault? The Women’s Resource Center at Eastern Michigan University hopes to answer this question and many more during its first “Consent Week” of activities, scheduled for March 31 through April 4.
To address issues relating to sexual violence, the Women’s Resource Center will host a variety of events, including a march and rally to protest rape and other forms of sexual violence, an interactive conversation that will discuss what constitutes consensual activities and a talk on sexual assault and how it can be prevented. The events are free and open to the public.
The events and activities planned for the week are:
- Consent Week Lobby Table - Monday, Mar. 31 to Friday, Apr. 4, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stop by the Lobby Table area (located on the first floor of the Student Center) and pick-up a "Consent Kit" and learn more about how you are essential in helping end sexual assault and other gender-based violence.
- “Breaking Down Consent Myths” - Monday, Mar. 31, 7 p.m., room 310B in the Student Center. Have you ever wondered what consent really means? Do you think there is a gray area when it comes to consensual activities and assault? Come experience this interactive event and learn what constitutes a no and that only yes means yes.
- “Healthy Sexualities” - Tuesday, Apr. 1, 7 p.m., Phelps/Sellers Lounge. Sexual assault can be prevented when individuals are able to communicate with one another and safely explore their sexuality. The Women's Resource Center and EMU Wellness Center will answer questions about sex, consent and preventing sexual assault.
- “Take Back the Night” - Wednesday, Apr. 2, 7 p.m., in the Student Center Ballroom B. "Take Back the Night" is an internationally held march and rally intended as a protest and direct action against rape and other forms of sexual violence. “Take Back the Night” first appeared in Europe in 1976 and has continued throughout the world as a sign of empowerment for women, men and children. During the event, members of the university and local community gather to share stories, protest and honor the lost. Hosted by the Women’s Resource Center and the SafeHouse Center in Ann Arbor.
- “A Walk in Her Shoes” - Thursday, Apr. 3, 7 p.m., in the Halle Library Auditorium. Members of EMU’s Tau Kappa Epsilon and The Women's Resource Center once again host "A Walk in Her Shoes." Learn more about how men can become involved in ending violence against women. Also, members of the fraternity will be walking around campus in high heels during the day!
To learn more about the events planned for Consent Week, please contact the EMU Women's Resource Center at 734-487-4282 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about V-Day and its campaigns visit www.vday.org.