UM Groups to Host Events Marking Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April 07, 2015

MISSOULA ‒ The Student Advocacy Resource Center and Advocates for Non-Violence at the University of Montana will hold several events during April to raise awareness of sexual assault and offer support for survivors.

The events, held in conjunction with Sexual Assault Awareness Month, begin with a workshop titled “Make Your Move! Intervention to ACTion: Theatre for Social Change” from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 9, in Gallagher Business Building Room L14. This interactive theater performance by students will help participants hone their skills to prevent sexual violence. It is free and open to the public.

“All of SARC’s events are centered on the themes of hope, healing, support and unity,” said Drew Colling, SARC director. “Community is so important to healing, and we hope to have a large turnout to show support for survivors of sexual violence.”

Other UM events during Sexual Assault Awareness Month are listed below. Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated. 

  • Noon-12:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17, UM Oval: SARC will host an Honoring Survivors Shawl Round Dance to support Native American survivors of sexual assault. Food will be provided. 
  • Noon-3 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, UM Oval: SARC’s Hope Quilt, an artistic patchwork with messages of support, hope and unity for those affected by sexual violence, will be on display. The community is invited to add messages to the quilt. 

For more information call Drew Colling, SARC director, at 406-243-4429 or email drew.colling@umontana.edu

In its ongoing effort to make campus as safe as possible for all students, UM continues to offer resources about preventing and responding to sexual assault. A new website outlines University-sponsored efforts and initiatives intended to eliminate sexual assault on campus and can be found at http://www.umt.edu/safe.     

Contact: Drew Colling, director, UM Student Advocacy Resource Center, 406-243-5244, drew.colling@umontana.edu.