Tuesday, April 25, 2017

[397] University women to host sexual assault panel discussion at MTSU April 13

MURFREESBORO — MTSU will host a conversation designed to redefine some of the most prevalent assumptions surrounding sexual assault.

“Rape Culture: Let’s Talk About It,” a panel discussion in observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 13, in Room 101 of MTSU’s Sam Ingram Building, 2269 Middle Tennessee Blvd. in Murfreesboro.

Nearly 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men in the United States have been raped at some point in their lives, according to the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey conducted for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The survey also asserts that nearly 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men have experienced sexual violence other than rape in their lifetimes.

Panelists will include:

  • Karen Lampert, executive director, Rutherford County Domestic Violence Program and Sexual Assault Services;
  • Barbara Scales, director, June Anderson Women’s Center for Women and Nontraditional Students;
  • Amy Dean, MTSU Sexual Assault Intervention liaison;
  • Victor Pigg, health and wellness lab instructor and graduate teaching assistant in the MTSU Department of Health and Human Performance.

In memory of the late Deb Johnson, former executive director of Rutherford County Domestic Violence Program and Sexual Assault Services, AAUW-Murfreesboro will collect donations of personal hygiene items for the program. Donations of full-size containers of shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes and other new, unused hygiene items will be appreciated.

This event, which is sponsored by the American Association of University Women’s Murfreesboro chapter, is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Dia Cirillo, president of AAUW-Murfreesboro, at 773-677-4238 or President@AAUW-Murfreesboro.org.

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