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April 2018

Posted By Mike Palladino, Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Updated: Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Grand Alpha Update: Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Brothers,

This year, the theme for Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is embrace your voice, and we encourage all victims of sexual violence to come forward knowing they are doing so with the support and encouragement of their family, friends, and colleagues.

Our Fraternity (indeed all fraternities) plays a crucial role in the fight against sexual violence. As this month’s email newsletters say, if we refuse that responsibility, we don’t deserve it.

There are plenty of ways to raise awareness for the sexual assault epidemics that plague our schools and workplaces. We at HQ have taken the liberty of outlining a few of them.

1.      Participate in RAINN Day (Thursday, April 6).

RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network) is an annual day of action that raises awareness for and educates students on sexual violence on college campuses. To take part, simply host an event—any event—that's purpose is to educate on important issues related to sexual assault like bystander intervention, the definition of consent, and how to support victims. For more information, visit RAINN’s website at www.rainn.org.

2.      Participate in Denim Day (Wednesday, April 25)

In 1992, a middle-aged driving instructor in Italy picked up an 18-year-old girl for her first lesson. During the lesson, he overpowered and raped her for over an hour. When it was over, he told her if she told anyone, he would kill her. She told her parents anyway, who helped her bring charges against the man. After being convicted and sentenced, the Italian Supreme Court overturned the decision and exonerated the driving instructor, stating that the jeans worn by the victim were too tight to have been removed without her help, thus making the act not rape but consensual sex. The next day, women in the Italian Parliament wore jeans as an act of protest. Every year since, people across the world take part in Denim Day to show solidarity against dangerous attitudes and misconceptions about sexual violence. Show your support by wearing jeans on April 25. You can also register for the event or purchase low-cost toolkits for future events here.

Send pictures of you and your friends and chapter brothers taking part in this important day of action to staff@pks.org.

You can also share the resources that will be posted throughout the month on the Phi Kappa Sigma HQ social media pages to your chapter’s accounts, especially the National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673. The more people know about SAAM, the better equipped they will be to prevent sexual violence.

Whatever you are thinking about doing to raise awareness, do it. The world needs action.

Thanks to groundbreaking events over the last year including the emergence of the #metoo and #timesup movements, the problems our society faces in the form of under-reported and under-publicized sexual violence is gaining national attention.

It’s on us to change the culture that allows sexual violence to occur. Our leadership will allow others to raise their voices as well. Thank you.

Fraternally,

Mike Palladino
Alpha Nu, Georgia Tech ‘04

mpalladino@pks.org

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