In America, an act of sexual assault happens on average once every 73 seconds.
The Department of Justice says 80 percent of sexual violence cases go unreported. This could happen because survivors blame themselves, feel shame or think the police are unable to help them.
The Center for Sexual and Relationship Violence Support Services (SRVSS) seeks to educate students on personal violence and how to build healthy relationships. During the of April, SRVSS will be taking part in Sexual Assault Awareness Month to help raise awareness and put an end to sexual acts of violence on campus.
Due to the Kent State campus closing down, SRVSS has had to move events planned for this online. They are encouraging people to wear teal on Tuesdays and post a picture on social media with #SelfLoveMovement. Every day on social media, SRVSS posts a new way to show self love as part of their “30 Days of Self Care.” These ideas include journaling, getting enough sleep, being patient and celebrating personal goals.
“We’re still here and we’re still supporting students,” said Yvette Roberts, support services coordinator for SRVSS. “If they need support or if they need resources we’re still here supporting students.”
Green Dot is also trying to reduce the number of personal violence cases, or red dots, and replace them with places where people have stepped in and helped, or green dots. During this they are challenging people to come up with creative TikToks showing that gold+blue=green dot to show that Kent is working to put an end to violence on campus.
They are also using social media to promote “Be the Green Dot” on April 29, where they are encouraging everyone to wear green to support and spread the word and Green Dot’s mission. Program Coordinator at SRVSS Julius Payne helps run the Green Dot workshops to help students in stopping red dots around them.
“This is something that will benefit all of us,” said Payne. “There is always something we can do to help somebody else that may be in danger.”
Shelby Reeves is an alumni and health reporter. Contact her at [email protected]