To the Appalachian State Community:
The past several weeks have marked a difficult time for many of us as we have witnessed a nation-wide controversy on the treatment of sexual assault victims. In the U.S., 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men will experience sexual violence during their lifetime. Understandably, many have found themselves struggling recently in the face of a socio-political climate that has expressed doubt and even derision toward those who dare to come forward about sexual assault. Although this is highly related to politics, this is not about party lines. Republican, Democrat, or otherwise, you probably have a mother, a sister, a daughter or even a father, brother, or son who will face sexual violence at some point.
Now more than ever, it is critical that we convey to victims that they will be supported, protected, and believed when they are facing something as lifeshattering as a sexual assault.
Join us on Wednesday, October 17th from 2:30- 7 pm as we work to create an environment here at Appalachian State where victims can feel safe. We will be holding a peaceful rally on Sanford Mall. Feel free to bring signs, wear teal if you so desire, and demonstrate your support in any other nonviolent way. Space on Sanford Mall has been reserved for this demonstration, so no other groups will be permitted to be in those areas during this time. There will be parts of the rally in which a microphone will be available for individuals to share their experiences surrounding sexual assault. Please spread the word about this event by mouth or any other available means. Please see the attached printable fliers and handouts for distribution. Further information and updates for this event can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/1240989236041086/.
Thank you all for your support and hope to see you Wednesday!