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MC Student Kayle Reimer Presents at the National American Chemical Society Conference

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Last Call to Register for Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day!

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Upcoming Workshops! Research and In-Text Citations (MLA and APA Format)

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Courage, Honesty, and Grace: An Evening of Poetry and Song with Don Marbury, Tuesday in Globe Hall

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April and May Focus on Ethics Training Sessions Available Through MC Learns

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Toastmasters Demo Meeting at Rockville, April 18

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Exercise Is Medicine Walking Program on Rockville Campus, Now Through May 7

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The View from Asia - Asian Journalists on American Politics and Society, April 11 at Theatre Arts, RV

April Is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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Category: Need to Know

Published: 2019-04-09 00:00:01.000

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), a national campaign facilitated annually by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC). This year's campaign theme is, I Ask.

About the "I Ask" Campaign:
SAAM is about more than awareness - the ultimate goal is prevention. Since consent is a clear, concrete example of what it takes to end sexual harassment, abuse, and assault, it only made sense that this year's theme center on empowering all of us to put consent into practice. The campaign will champion the power of asking - whether it be asking to hold someone's hand, for permission to share personal information with others, or if a partner is interested in sex. I Ask is the statement by which individuals will demonstrate that asking for consent is a healthy, normal, and necessary part of everyday interactions. I Ask is the statement by which we will uplift the importance of consent and transform it from being prescriptive to empowering.

Sexual Violence and Prevention:
As many as one in five women are sexually assaulted in college (Krebs, Lindquist, Warner, Fisher, & Martin, 2007). While in college, one in 16 men are victims of an attempted or completed sexual assault (Krebs et al., 2007). The impact of sexual assault can be wide-ranging and can have long-term health impacts. In fact, MC's 2018 Climate Survey on Sexual Violence showed that sexual violence impacts our students success. Students who experienced sexual violence reported they feel depressed, have difficulty focusing on schoolwork, arrive late to class, miss an assignment, miss one or more class, or fail a class.

MC is committed to creating a Culture of Respect: Ending Sexual Violence on our campuses. When we talk about prevention, we mean stopping sexual violence before it even has a chance to happen. This means changing the social norms that allow it to exist in the first place, from individual attitudes, values, and behaviors to laws, institutions, and widespread social norms.

Prevention is everyone's responsibility: All of us can create and promote safe environments. We can intervene to stop concerning behavior; promote and model healthy attitudes and relationships; and believe survivors and assist them in finding resources. Want to know more? Students can complete the "Sexual Assault Prevention for Community College's" online training.

For more information about upcoming events in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness month, please see below. Please join us and let your voice be heard in modeling consent and combating sexual violence at Montgomery College.

SAAM Activities at MC:
*Day of Action, April 2: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

*Teal Tuesdays, April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
(Each Tuesday in April)
Teal ribbons handed out and awareness tables. Resources are shared. The "I Ask" palm cards are handed out to create awareness and education for consent in various situations (digital consent, how to teach consent, how power impacts consent, etc). There will also be an interactive learning activity at each table to engage everyone. Weekly drawings for prizes for those who visit the tables and engage in educational activities. All are encouraged to share a selfie of their teal look online using hashtags #SAAM, #IAsk, and #Teal.

*Chalk the Walk, April 8 and April 10: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
*Denim Day, April 24
We encourage all in the community to wear jeans with a purpose, support survivors, and educate themselves and others about all forms of sexual violence.

*Library Display for SAAMAll month
Libraries will display SAAM resources (books, DVDs, posters, etc) all month long in support of survivors and educating everyone about sexual violence (prevention and awareness).

*Social Media campaign, All month
Social Media Hashtags and Tagging #SAAM-- Use this hashtag throughout the month when posting about events or anything related to the campaign. #IAsk-- Add this hashtag when sharing consent-based messages from the campaign.

*Sexual Assault Prevention for Community Colleges All month
All month, there will be promotion and marketing of the online module, Sexual Assault Prevention for Community Colleges (EverFi). Encouraging students to complete this training to enter a drawing for an Amazon EchoDot and plush Teal Ribbon bear.

All activities occur on all three campuses simultaneously with the help of volunteers.

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