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‘Til It Happens To You: Student leaders realize the importance of educating their peers on sexual assault.

‘Til It Happens To You 

Student leaders realize the importance of educating their peers on sexual assault.

Most of you have probably seen the powerful performance by Lady Gaga at the Oscars of her song “Til It Happens To You.” But if you haven’t, the music video is definitely worth a watch (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmWBrN7QV6Y). As I watched the Oscars performance and the music video, I cannot help but think of the students I interact with in our community. Many of them have experienced traumatic events that you and I will never begin to comprehend, and on top of those experiences, they are beginning to worry about college and the possible experience of sexual assault.

I know this because many of the student leaders I work with from the No More Club at Crispus Attucks have expressed an interest in having a panel discussion focused on the “Til It Happens To You” music video.  The student leaders are concerned for their peers’ safety, and they have realized the importance of informing their community on the prevalence and effects of sexual assault.  The prevention part of my heart is thrilled that these young people are so enthusiastic about spreading awareness, but on the flip side, my heart aches that young people need to worry about these experiences.  

Regardless of my aching heart, I know that this is an important topic, and I am eager to support the student leaders from the No More Club as they seek to create awareness among their peers and community.  This is a topic that needs to be discussed by community leaders, teachers, and parents. Specifically, the concept of active consent needs to be discussed over and over again with our young people, but that’s a blog topic for a different day. 😉  Stay tuned…

If you are interested in learning more about sexual assault, please consider attending the No More Club’s panel discussion on April 14th at Indy Reads Bookstore (911 Massachusetts Ave).  More details will be posted on our Facebook page soon.  Thank you for all you do to keep our community safe! #YouAreTheNetwork

Stay Kind, Network!

 

Lindsay Hill Stawick

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DVNconnect

Sexual Assault resources:

National Sexual Violence Resource Center

http://www.nsvrc.org/

Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network – RAINN

https://rainn.org/