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Increasing awareness and education of sexual assault

April 15, 2013

Barbara Cutter, associate professor, history, 319-273-5909,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The University of Northern Iowa will host several events:

-The Violence Prevention and Self-Defense Seminar by Stacilyn Chananie-Hill, instructor of psychology, is at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 16, in the Presidential Room in Maucker Union. Participants will participate in one hour of violence prevention learning and one hour of self-defense technique demonstrations; comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended.

 -An interactive workshop "The Role We Play: Exploring Consent and Gender Through Performance" is scheduled for 5 and 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 17, in the Center for Multicultural Education. The workshop will explore gender and sexual consent as a college student through image and forum theatre.

-"Walk a Mile in Her Shoes," an event to raise awareness for sexual assault and gender violence, is at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, April 18, across from University Book and Supply on 23rd Street in Cedar Falls.

-A sexual assault awareness panel discussing sexual consent, personal choice and bystander intervention is at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 18, in Seerley Hall, Room 115. Panelists include Harry Brod, professor of philosophy and world religions; Karen Mitchell, professor of communication studies; Mark Rowe-Barth, coordinator of substance abuse and violence intervention services; and Joan Thompson, health educator and victim services advocate at health education through Wellness and Recreation Services.

- "The Y Factor: Men Leading by Example" summit featuring Big 12 Conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby begins at 9 a.m., Friday, April 19, in the McLeod Center. The summit will focus on the messages, programs and leaders that can help promote leadership and gender violence prevention on college campuses.

-The "Stomp Out Sexual Assault 5K" is at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, April 20, at the Wartburg College cross-country course. The organization Cedar Valley Friends of the Family will host this event to raise awareness and education about sexual assault.

-The lecture "The Violence Against Women Act: Its Past and Future" by Bonnie Campbell, former head of the Violence Against Women Office under the Clinton administration, is at 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 24, in Sabin Hall, Room 002. Campbell has been recognized as a national leader for her work in bringing victim-rights reform to the country's criminal justice system, and was named one of TIME's 25 most influential people in America in 1997.

-The "Take Back the Night" march starts at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 30, at the Campanile on UNI's campus. Participants are invited to meet at 3:30 p.m. at Seerley Hall, Room 115, to make posters prior to the event.

All events are free and open to the public. For additional information and a complete list of events, visit