Apr. 12, 2022
CWU Hosting Sexual Assault Awareness Month Event “Show Up, Speak Out"
On Tuesday, April 26th, Central Washington University Prevention, Advocacy, Training, and Healing (P.A.T.H.) will host “Show Up, Speak Out” as part of a month-long observation of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The event, which runs from 4-7 p.m. in the SURC Ballroom, will feature an open mic/survivor speak out, educational opportunities with student organizations, food, music, and crafts.
“Show Up, Speak Out” is about the power that visibility and vocal advocacy have in the fight against sexual violence. CWU P.A.T.H. Advocate Katie Parks says this open, supportive platform is critical to understanding the scope of the issue, and the myriad sources it might stem from.
“Survivors deserve to have a space where they feel seen, heard, and validated,” Parks said. “We’re hoping that ‘Show Up, Speak Out’ will be an opportunity for student survivors to have their voices heard, and for students to learn more about the issue of sexual assault from a holistic perspective.”
In addition to “Show Up, Speak Out,” CWU will observe Denim Day on Wednesday, April 27th. Denim Day was started in 1999 to protest the idea that attire can justify sexual assault, and to show solidarity with survivors of sexual violence.
The Clothesline Project, a display honoring those who have been impacted by interpersonal violence, will also be shown in the SURC all month long.
“Show Up, Speak Out” will be free to students, employees, and community members. If you are interested in performing at the event, or have any questions about it, you can contact P.A.T.H. by calling the Wellness Center at 509-963-3213 or emailing PATH@cwu.edu. Visit the CWU Wellness Center's website for more information and resources.
P.A.T.H. was introduced to the CWU community in the fall of 2019, replacing the role of the Violence Prevention and Response Coordinator in the Wellness Center. P.A.T.H.'s goal is to create a more holistic program that students could seek out when they or someone they know has experienced any form of interpersonal violence. In the years since its formation, P.A.T.H. has hosted programs such as the Undie Run, The Hunting Ground panel discussion, Sex and Pizza, and Rock Against Rape.
Media contact: Rune Torgersen, Department of Public Affairs, firstname.lastname@example.org, 509-963-1264