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Igniting Social Change (PLV)

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As April marks the start of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, join the PLV community at two powerful events aimed at shattering the silence.

This month is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and PLV wants you to be aware of events happening on campus all throughout April to help empower students to advocate for change. Up first, a play and film screening:

Slut: The Play
March 31–April 1, 2015 | Common Hour and 9:00 p.m. | Lienhard Lecture Hall
Joey Del Marco is a 16- year-old girl who is raped by three friends during a night out. The StopSlut Movement uses a powerful play, developed with NYC high school students, to ignite social change and help create a teenager-initiated response to slut shaming and sexual assault. It addresses the inaction of bystanders, and the responsibility we all share in perpetuating misogyny through our language, actions, and inactions. Every historical atrocity includes rape and sexual assault as part of a systematic dehumanization of women. In a more seemingly benign setting, American high school and college campuses, the word "slut" is used to cover this sexual violence. Slut: The Play catalyzes conversation, critical thinking, and organizing about girls, sexuality, bullying, rape, and what healthy sexuality might look like for young people of all genders. The StopSlut Global Coalition is a network of students creating tools to address slut shaming in their own communities. For information, e-mail

It Was Rape screening
Thursday, April 2, 2015 | L14
See a film where eight women tell their diverse personal stories of sexual assault, from a Midwestern teenager trying alcohol for the first time to a Native American woman gradually coming to terms with her abusive childhood. Gripping and emotional, this film is an opportunity to empathize with people—not just absorb faceless statistics—and to puncture the silence and denial that allow sexual assault to thrive. Ultimately, their stories shed light on how this epidemic affects us all.

Stay tuned for more events on both campuses, including Take Back the Night, in the coming weeks.