SAVE tackles ‘taboo’ topics with April events

The Sexual Assault and Violence Education will kick off two events this spring to educate the Seton Hall community on intimate partner violence.

“Take Back the Night” and “Men’s Campaign” are events geared toward empowering women and challenging the socialization of men.

“The SAVE team is identified as a group of students, staff and faculty at Seton Hall dedicated to educating others on intimate partner violence as well as its effect on individuals and the community,” said SAVE coordinator Sandra Ackerman-Sinclair.

She said the students shed light on a topic not usually talked about.

“Our goal is to have students educate the campus community and build awareness around such an important and often taboo topic,” Ackerman-Sinclair said.

SAVE will be hosting “Take Back the Night” on March 20 from 7-9 p.m. in the Theatre-in-the-Round, according to Ackerman-Sinclair.

She said this event encourages women to courageously share personal stories and anecdotes. After presentations, participants will march around campus with glow-in-the-dark items while chanting empowering statements.

Ackerman-Sinclair said SAVE is looking for participants and allows anyone to attend the celebration.

The organization also will host their second event, “Men’s Campaign,” with SGA on April 1 in the Main Lounge of the University Center, according to Ackerman-Sinclair.

She said that this event will examine the culture and traditional images, as well as social norms of manhood that created an environment that supports, tolerates and encourages men’s violence against women.

Ted Bunch, from “A Call to Men,” will kick off the event with a speech, and the presentation will provide insight into the construct of sexism, according to Ackerman-Sinclair.

She said all students are welcomed and encouraged to attend.

The Sexual Assault and Violence Education team will host events each Tuesday in April.

These events will focus on encouraging men and women to work toward prevention of abuse, according to Ackerman-Sinclair.

For more information, visit: http://www.shu.edu/offices/coun- seling-services/save.cfm.

Erica Szczepaniak can be reached at erica.szczepaniak@student.shu.edu.

Author: Staff Writer

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