“It seems that nearly every first-year student coming to campus is aware of the ‘Freshman 15’ — the fabled 15-pound weight gain caused by a diet of Ramen Noodles and Easy Mac. Unfortunately, there is one other lesser known statistic that can have a huge impact on students’ lives: 20-25% of college women experience attempted or completed rape during their college career.”
I borrowed this introduction from a piece I wrote in September 2009 for the campus newspaper as the Violence Prevention Coordinator at UC Irvine.Four years later, as we embark on the beginning of another school year, it may seem that little has changed. College students are still eating on a budget, and sexual violence is unfortunately still a tragic part of the college experience for far too many women and men. However, with a recent wave of investigations of campus Title IX enforcement, unprecedented student activism, and new legislation going into effect in March, it’s clear that change is in the air.
In an effort to elevate the national dialogue and continue the momentum for positive change, EverFi will be hosting an event on September 18 focusing on sexual assault prevention in higher education. In addition to a panel discussion among experts in the field about upcoming legislation and best practices for prevention, we will be presenting compelling new data we’ve collected from over 200,000 college students that shed light on significant shifts in attitudes and behaviors among incoming students, with important implications for practitioners and researchers. The event is being hosted at Washington DC’s National Press Club and is open to the public.
Find out more and RSVP at http://info.everfi.com/havenpanelsignup.html.
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Understanding the Landscape of Sexual Assault Prevention
EverFi Panel Discussion
Wednesday, September 18th
9am-11am (breakfast will be served)
The National Press Club – First Amendment Room
529 14th Street NW, Washington, DC
- Holly Rider-Milkovich, Director of Sexual Assault Prevention Center, University of Michigan
- Lisa Maatz, Vice President of Government Relations, American Association of University Women
- Sharon Love, Founder and Trustee, One Love Foundation
- Helen Stubbs, Vice President of Partner Education, EverFi
For questions, please contact Sarah Peck at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202)625-0011 ext. 361