Take Back the Night march set for Thursday at Saint Martin's

University to host several events for Sexual Assault Awareness Week

lpemberton@theolympian.comApril 8, 2014 

Saint Martin’s University in Lacey has several events lined up through Friday as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Week.

“Every year, we try to incorporate new activities to encourage the entire Saint Martin’s and surrounding communities to adopt a pro-active, zero-tolerance culture so that we can one day eliminate these violent acts,” said Laurel Dube, director of Campus Life.

The activities, which are free and open to the public, will be at the university’s Trautman Union Building, 5000 Abbey Way SE, Lacey. They include:

*Self-protection and awareness class, 6-8 p.m., Wednesday.

*Stand in solidarity campaign all day Thursday. Men who plan to be in the campus are asked to wear white to show support with male and female survivors of sexual assault.

*Take Back the Night candlelight march, 7:30 p.m., Thursday.

“The message of the evening will be one of aiming to break the silence for victims of sexual assault and abuse,” Dube said.

*”Walk with Me: An Evening of Community Engagement,” 6 p.m. Friday.

The event will include a screening of the film “Trust,” refreshments and a project where audience members can follow the stories of sexual assault survivors through interactive activities.

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