URI presents ‘Take Back the Week’ to promote sexual assault awareness, prevention, April 25-29

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KINGSTON, R.I.—April 20, 2016 – A University of Rhode Island peer education group will hold “Take Back the Week for Sexual Assault Awareness” from Monday, April 25 through Friday, April 29. Sponsored by URI P.L.E.A.S.E (Peers Learning Educating and Supporting Everyone), the program is designed to raise awareness, spark discussion and provide an environment in which sexual violence is not tolerated.


“We hope to gather the community in solidarity around events and programs dedicated to ending sexual assault on college campuses,” said Rachel Dunham, assistant coordinator of URI Violence Prevention and Advocacy Services. The events are:


• Monday, April 25 — Peer Pong, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in front of the Memorial Union, 50 Lower College Road. Peer Pong is a healthy and safe alternative to the more notorious drinking game. For the game, six plastic cups are placed at each end of a table. Each cup contains a question on a small piece of paper based on healthy sexuality and bystander intervention topics. Students will be given two ping-pong balls to toss into the cups. When they succeed, they will be asked a question from one of the volunteers of P.L.E.A.S.E. (Peers Learning, Educating and Supporting Everyone). If they answer the question correctly, they will win a prize.


• Tuesday, April 26 — Brunch with Ten Men, 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the URI Women’s Center, 22 Upper College Road. Ten Men is a group of men associated with the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Also on Tuesday, TRANScending Violence: Sisters in Silhouette (Hosted by the Gender & Sexuality Center) 7 to 9 p.m. at Browning Hall, 4 Butterfield Road, first-floor lounge. Sisters in Silhouette will address the stories of trans women of color who have been murdered and assaulted as a result of trans-phobia, cissexism (norms that reinforce female/male conventions) and violence. Participants will learn about the women’s lives, and highlight them in a collage that will be crafted during the event. The collage will be displayed in the Gender & Sexuality Center and revealed during the Feminist Art Collective event Friday.


* Wednesday, April 27 — Denim Day, Information booth from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Memorial Union lobby. Wear your favorite pair of jeans to join the discussion against victim blaming and show support to individuals affected by sexual violence.


* Thursday, April 28 — Take Back the Night: The evening starts with a joint keynote talk by local author and URI student Elizabeth Miceli and spoken word artist Cal Champlain at the Chafee Social Science Center, 142 Flagg Road, Room 271, 6 to 7 p.m. Join the march on campus until 8 p.m., which will be followed by a candlelight vigil and speeches on the quadrangle.


* Friday, April 29 — Sexversations information booth from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Memorial Union, a fun way to discuss healthy sexuality. Feminist Art Collective, presented by the P.L.E.A.S.E Program, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Gender & Sexuality Center, 19 Upper College Road – support local and student feminist art, music, and poetry and enjoy free refreshments.