Several UW-Madison student organizations are looking to raise awareness of sexual violence throughout April, national Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
Two organizations on campus—Promoting Awareness Victim Empowerment and We’re Better Than That—are addressing the sensitive topics that surround sexual assault through student activism.
WBTT Incoming Students Committee Leader Rachel Nicolaison is running the “Share Your Why” campaign, which aims to create open conversations on sexual assault through personal storytelling.
“We want people to get more of the personal touch which is often missing from the conversation,”
The campaign launched with the online hashtag “#shareyourwhy” and will continue throughout the month with drop boxes for students to write and read personal letters on why they feel it is important to have a voice in the discussion of sexual assault.
The boxes will be put in several locations on campus, including Helen C. White Library and both student unions beginning Tuesday.
Journals will also be placed in several campus hot spots including Espresso Royale and Allen Centennial Gardens. Additionally, there is a link to Tumblr on the WBTT Facebook page for students to share stories online.
“The entries are encouraged to be anonymous,”
PAVE will be hosting multiple events throughout the month to inform and support students who have experienced sexual assault or want to learn more about it.
“It’s important because the issue is getting more coverage and in more ears and makes people recognize issues right here on campus,” Dempsey said. “Instead of feeling scared or unsure, they can feel some agency to be an activist and an ally.”
Other resources available to students during April include University Health Services End Violence on Campus, which will have trained members