April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month


In observance of April’s National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Division of Student Affairs and Counseling and Psychological Services will be hosting several programs and events for students, faculty, staff, and the local Fredericksburg Community in order to educate and increase awareness of interpersonal violence and sexual abuse and its impact on students and our community.

The program will launch on Wednesday April 3, 2013 with the “Where is the Line?” campaign sponsored by the Fear 2 Freedom organization and will end with Take Back the Night on Thursday April 18, 2013 co-sponsored by UMW and RCASA.

  • Fear 2 Freedom is a non-profit organization dedicated to bring hope and healing to those wounded by sexual abuse. Its mission is to redeem and restore lives broken by abuse, and educate and empower colleges and communities to work to prevent sexual abuse. Rosemary Trible developed the college program “Where is the Line?” which helps educate and empower students about sexual assault, date rape and sex trafficking and mobilizes them to be part of the solution. The event will be held on April 3, 2013 from 6:00- 8:00 pm in the Goolrick Main Gymnasium.  Students will assemble after care kits for victims of sexual abuse which will be distributed to Mary Washington Hospital, Safe Harbor, and the Rappahannock Council Against Sexual Assault (RCASA).  Volunteers are needed and students are encouraged to participate! Mrs. Tribble will speak at 3:00 PM at “The Center” (Formely known as BCM, at 1514 College Avenue).
  • On Thursday April 18, 2013 UMW and RCASA will co-host the annual Take Back the Night (TBTN) program which starts at UMW’s Ball Circle and ends at Market Square in Fredericksburg. TBTN is a program that encourages people to speak out and take a stand against sexual violence. For over 35 years in the United States, Take Back The Night has focused on eliminating sexual violence, and thousands of events have been hosted across the county. This year UMW and RCASA hope to increase the number of students and community members involved in this program.
  • During the week of April 8th, CAPS will sponsor the Tree of Hope campaign where students and community members are invited to hang a ribbon in honor of survivors. A table will be present on campus walk during the week where students can select a ribbon that will displayed on a UMW tree.

If you are interested in learning more about these events and wish to participate, please go to the Counseling and Psychological Services website at: http://students.umw.edu/caps/ and click on the “Sexual Assault Awareness Month” tab.