Public, Media Invited to Attend Sexual Assault Awareness Day April 13
FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University invites students, the general public including high school students, and media representatives to attend Sexual Assault Awareness Day, a six-hour series of events to increase awareness of abusive relationships, 1 p.m., Thursday, April 13 in the Student Union.
FGCU joins 25 Florida communities in honoring sexual assault survivors and their loved ones during the month of April, Sexual Assault Awareness Month as observed by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (www.nsvrc.org). The 2006 theme is "Strengthening Communities, Ending Sexual Violence."
During FGCU's Sexual Assault Awareness Day, criminal justice professors Duane Dobbert and David Lounsberry, and FGCU police Sgt. Cindy Collins discuss how to recognize and develop healthy relationships and deter interpersonal violence.
Representatives from the Abuse, Counseling, and Treatment Center, Southwest Florida Addiction Services, Phoenix Trauma Center, Lee County Sheriff's Department and Collier County Planned Parenthood facilitate discussions on a variety of topics including what friends can do to help others who are in abusive relationships or who have been sexually assaulted.
"Our goal is to reach out to a broad spectrum of the community, not just women," FGCU resident director Rebecca Kroeger said. "Sexual and interpersonal violence is not just a 'woman's problem.' It is an issue that we should all be striving to eliminate."
FGCU concludes the awareness day with "You The Man," a theatrical performance by Add Verb Productions that combines humor and thought-provoking scenes to challenge ideas about sex and relationships.
"I think that people who attend will be surprised by the originality and variety of the presentations that will be offered," resident director Sholondo Campbell said. "This is not just an opportunity to focus on men as the perpetrators or offenders, instead it is a chance to establish open dialog about these issues in a safe environment."
The Florida Council Against Sexual Violence, Inc., a statewide advocacy agency dedicated to making changes that better serve rape victims and combat the impact of sexual assault, supports the events. The Florida Department of Health's Sexual Violence Prevention Program provided funding through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control.
For more information and a schedule of events, media representatives should contact Kroeger at (239) 590-1518.