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Preventing sexual assaults is focus for MSU 'It's On Us Action Week'

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Posted at 9:06 AM, Oct 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-22 09:07:21-04

Michigan State University is kicking off the "It's On Us" Week of Action starting Monday morning.

Campus events from October 21 through October 27 are aimed at raising awareness about sexual violence, sex and gender discrimination, and sexual harassment.

The Obama White House initiated "It’s On Us" in 2014 to encourage campus communities to take a stand against sexual violence. The national week of action each fall involves student groups and university units, and supports multiple MSU programs.

The "Week of Action" will officially begin at The Rock on Farm Lane at 10 a.m.

Later Monday night, there will be two Trauma-Informed Yoga sessions at Abrams Planetarium. The times for those sessions are from 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

Other events for MSU's "It's On Us" Week of Action include:

  • Teal Out, wear teal to show support for survivors, Tuesday, Oct. 23
  • Guest speaker Beverly Gooden, Wednesday, Oct. 24
  • Faculty and staff workshop 10-11 a.m., MSU Union, Lake Superior Room
  • Student workshop 1-2 p.m., MSU Union, Lake Superior Room
  • Keynote address from Beverly Gooden, creator of #WhyIStayed 7-8 p.m., MSU Union, Ballroom
  • #WhyIStayed became a trending hashtag in 2014 in defense of domestic abuse victims following the release of security camera footage that appeared to show NFL player Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee. 
  • Safe space available throughout the day at the MSU Union, MSU Room
  • Therapy dogs and self-care craft night, 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, MSU Union, third floor
  • Slam poetry, 12:30-2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, International Center, Room 115