Penn College to Observe ‘Sexual Assault Awareness Month’ in April

Published 03.24.2016


Sexual Assault Awareness Month will be marked in April at Pennsylvania College of Technology, bearing witness to survivors’ experiences, highlighting resources for prevention, and fostering the institution’s “Stand Up, Don't Stand By” philosophy of intervention.

Among the programs are a “Take Back the Night” event at 7:30 p.m. April 14 in Rose Street Commons for survivors, allies and all who seek to put an end to sexual violence.

A YWCA Northcentral Pennsylvania speaker will share stories of survival, the college audience will be apprised of community resources, and attendees can create luminaria with messages of support or in honor or memory of someone.

That event will be followed by “Glowga” (glow-in-the-dark yoga), where donations will be accepted for the YWCA’s Wise Options program. In addition to monetary contributions throughout the month, items for the women’s shelter – toothpaste, body wash, deodorant, etc. – are welcome.

Student Affairs will install a consent-themed display of jeans in Madigan Library. Why jeans? In 1992, an 18-year-old student was raped in Italy by her driving instructor, but an Italian Supreme Court  judge ruled there was no way the accused could have removed the woman’s jeans without consent.

The case became synonymous with cavalier attitudes about sexual assault, igniting global protests and expressions of disgust and solidarity.

A half-dozen drop-off boxes are placed around campus through March 31 for the donation of old, clean jeans, which will hang in the library through Finals Week in May.

For more about Penn College, a national leader in applied technology education and workforce development, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.