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Teal ribbons spread awareness for Sexual Assault Awareness month

Teal ribbons spread awareness for Sexual Assault Awareness month

Teal ribbons spread awareness for Sexual Assault Awareness month
April 22
21:14 2014

Brittany Armstrong // Intern Writer

Would you sign a pledge to never commit of condone violence against women? UNT’s Dean of Students Office will be in the Library Mall from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. tomorrow asking students and staff to make the commitment.

Along with the pledge, students will be given a teal ribbon and made aware of the resources available on campus such as the UNT Police Department and the Dean of Students Office. The group will continue this, called the Teal Ribbon Campaign, next Wednesday on April 30 as part of Sexual Assault Awareness month.

“We feel like it is important and we want students to be aware of resources on campus,” said Brooke Everette, assistant director of the Dean of Students Office. “We want to open up conversation and dialog as it relates to prevention.”

Everette said the plan is to eventually have incoming students take a sexual assault awareness course similar to the alcohol awareness course that is already required upon registration at UNT.

According to nonprofit organization Denton Friends of the Family, which helps women and families affected by violence, one in three women will encounter domestic violence or sexual assault in their lifetime.

Jade Grant, peer advocate for the Dean of Students Office, said it’s important for people who have experienced sexual assault to speak up and seek help.

“A lot of times when you’re going through something you have to know that there’s someone else who is going through the same thing,” she said.

Grant said students who do speak up may give others the courage to seek help as well.

The Dean of Students Office is expecting about 50-75 students to stop and talk to them within the two hour period that they are set up in the Library Mall.  Ribbons have been passed out in the past, but this is the first time there will be a table and a banner for students to sign.

“Typically we are just out there with ribbons, and when they hear sexual assault people tend to shy away from serious topics like that,” Grant said. “But when they actually stop and sign the banner, they are more interested and ask questions.”

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