Students protest sexual violence

By Sean Moreno

Students rallied and protested around campus Thursday, raising
their voices to build awareness about the social problems
concerning sexual violence.

Part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the march was held by
Men Against Violence, Violence Prevention & Women’s Resource
Center and National Organization for Women.

Gil Brum, professor of human sexuality, spoke a clear message on
stage to educate students on the importance of communication
between sexual partners and the knowledge of consensual sex.

“I would really encourage students to stop and think. Sex can be
a minor thing but it can be very serious too,” said Brum.

“Students need to think it through and take charge of his or
her body. Everybody needs to take control of their body so they
will not become a victim.”

Off-campus agencies House of Ruth, National Organization for
Women, The Education Against Abusive Relationships and Project
Sister Family Services set their booths along the walk way.

These agencies are dedicated to helping anyone with any problems
with sexual awareness.

“We see more people come into our offices after our events like
this take place. Once they see us marching around and talking about
these issues that they [victims] may be scared to talk about,” said
Erika Zepeda, program coordinator for the Violence Prevention &
Women’s Resource Center.

“They feel a lot more willing to come forward to talk and seek
help.”According to California’s sexual assault statistics, one out
of every 20 sexual assaults is reported.

Recently, California’s laws prohibiting sexual assault have been
strengthened by adding the word “affective,” meaning consent must
be clearly communicated.

“Sexual assault is such a common thing especially on college
campuses, where one in four women report being sexually assaulted.
They need to remember they are not alone, even though they might
feel isolated or think it is their fault,” said Samantha
DePetro-Wysuph, a fourth-year political science student.

During the rally, Men Against Violence handed out shirts that
read, “73 percent of men are willing to promote healthy
relationships.”

The march around campus gave students a chance to participate
for a purpose.

“What do we want? No more violence. When do we want it? Now,”
was just one of the chants shouted by participants.

According to California statistics, a sexual assault happens
every 10 seconds, and on campus the confusion of what is prohibited
is distorted by friends, the media and society. “Break the
silence,” said Talia Abramovitz, a third-year sociology
student.

The march was held to encourage sexually assaulted victims to
speak up and inform them of the resources available.

Students protest sexual violence

Paul Rosales/Poly Post

Students protest sexual violence

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