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Sexual Assault Awareness Month Events Announced

April 4, 2011

The West Central Michigan branch of the YWCA and the Kent County Sexual Assault Prevention Coalition have announced local activities and resources for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

The events that have been organized are:

Eyes Wide Open Information Tables    April 4 – 8

GVSU student group Eyes Wide Open will have an information table in the Kirkoff Center from 10AM – 2PM

Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men – April 5

1:00 PM Book talk by Michael Kimmel, author and professor of sociology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Calvin College

Commons Lecture Hall in the Commons Annex

Talk with Bob Hall – April 7

6 –7:30 PM Allendale Campus/Cook-Dewitt Center

Nationally-known presenter and founder of “Learning to Live with Conflict, Inc.”,

Bob Hall, will bring his message of non-violent sexuality, respect within relationships, and clear communication to GVSU’s campus. His talk will be repeated at 8-9:30 PM.

Denim Day Kickoff Event – April 12 5:00-6:15 PM at the YWCA 25 Sheldon downtown Grand Rapids. Includes Yo Puedo Art Exhibit, Interactive Theater performance by GVSU Theater group, screening of the film “Breaking Our Silence: The Gloucester Men Speak Out Against Domestic Abuse.”

PROM NIGHT III: Dating Violence Forum – April 28

5:00 – 7:30 PM hosted by Girls Inc.® at the YWCA West Central Michigan 25 Sheldon Blvd.

In addition to the events the YWCA and the Sexual Assault Prevention Coalition are providing resources for the community to stop rape and sexual assault.  Among those resources is information to engage bystanders so that people will not allow sexual assault to happen even if it is not directly affecting them.

In addition the YWCA now provides sexual assault services for people with disabilities. For more information on these services or any of the events for Sexual Assault Awareness Month contact the YWCA at 616-459-4652.



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