Despite preventive measures put in place to avoid sexual violence, students still feel hyper-aware when walking around certain areas.
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Attendees were immersed into the stories of fictional sexual assault victims at the RSVP Center’s event.
The RSVP Center and STARS collaborate on The Clothesline Project to help raise awareness of the prevalence of sexual assault.
The Clothesline Project was held at Lowry Mall on Oct. 3, continuing the tradition of decorating shirts to share personal stories dealing with sexual assault and violence.
Panelists discussed barriers to reporting and how people can prevent sexual violence.
RSVP Center Advocacy Coordinator Taylor Yeagle: “We should be able to walk throughout our lives without fear of violence just by virtue of existing. So it’s hard hearing these stories of other humans who’ve experienced the worst aspects of humanity.”
Since the 1970s, Take Back the Night has worked to prevent and eliminate sexual violence.
Prevention Coordinator Chris Walters: “We are actually the birthplace, the creator of this idea. We’re really excited that it at least had a little start here.”
RSVP staffer Marlee Ellison: “Denim Day is a huge global thing now, which is really powerful.”
Vagina Monologues participant Clarissa Hughes: “If you see me now, I’m a superwoman, but back then I was very naive to what it meant to be a feminist.”
RSVP Center coordinator Christopher Walters: “We can make an impact in stopping violence.”
According to the National Center for Victims of Crime, 7.5 million people are stalked in one year in the US.
The RSVP will host a lunch discussion on Jan. 27 and a presentation called Stalking and Social Media on Jan. 28.
MU plans to host a nationwide event with other schools who participate in the Green Dot program next year.
The Clothesline Project started in Massachusetts in 1990 and has now spread to 41 states and five countries.
In addition to their previous event Rock Against Rape, the RSVP Center will host more events, such as Take Back the Night and the Vagina Monologues.
The documentary highlights the failures of colleges to address sexual assault; MU hopes to be the exception.
“If folks are surprised at the definition of consent, then we have a problem,” Scates said.
The center wanted to use multiple art forms to share their message of zero-tolerance for violence.
This is the first Rock Against Rape concert in three years.