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Sexual Assault Awareness Month at UConn in April (Released: 4/1/97)

by Sherry Fisher, Office of University Communications.

STORRS, Conn. -- A Take Back the Night March and Rally will highlight Sexual Assault Awareness Month during April at the University of Connecticut.

The march and rally at 7 p.m. April 9 will begin outside the Student Union lobby with a candlelight vigil. It will include student speakers who were victims of sexual assault and others who want to voice their concerns about violence against women. A march around campus will follow.

Events include:

April 7 - "Don't Speak My Mother's Name in Vain," a program by Reannae McNeal. The program is about the rape and sexual assault of black women in the United States conveyed through character sketches, dance and blues/spiritual song. McNeal draws on her own experiences as a sexual assault survivor and a domestic violence survivor. 8 p.m., African-American Cultural Center Community Room.

April 8 - "Unwanted Sexual Experiences: Understanding and Addressing Psychological Effects on Women." Pamela Dieter, of the Traumatic Stress Institute will provide information on the effects of sexual trauma and explore ways to give and to accept support. 7 p.m., Room 216A, Student Union.

April 9 - Take Back the Night March and Rally. 7 p.m., Student Union Mall.

April 10 - Day of Healing. An opportunity for survivors and secondary survivors of sexual assault to share in music, art and poetry. 6-8 p.m., Women's Center.

April 11 - "Sexual Assault Associated with Drinking in Bars." Kathleen Parks, of the Research Institute on Addictions in Buffalo, N.Y., will discuss her research on the relationship between alcohol and bar-related sexual aggression. 2 p.m., Room 303, Monteith Building.

April 13 - Self-defense workshop. Offered by the Woman's Self-Defense Alliance. Pre-registration required by April 7. Call 486-4738. 1-4 p.m., Upper Putnam Lounge.

April 19 - Women United: Take Back Our Lives II. Rally will include personal testimonies and speakers on gay, lesbian and bisexual issues, HIV/AIDS, domestic violence, the hearing impaired and representatives from various support agencies. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., state Capitol.

April 20 - Self-defense workshop. Offered by the Women's Self-Defense Alliance. Pre-registration by April 16 is required. Call 486-4738. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Upper Putnam Lounge.

April 23 - Film. "Calling the Ghosts: A Story about Rape, War and Women." The first person account of two women. 7 p.m., Women's Center Lounge.