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Every two minutes, someone in the US is sexually assaulted. Join the Pace Community in raising awareness during Sexual Assault Awareness Week, a series of events including screenings of The Hunting Ground, Take Back the Night, self-defense workshops, and more.

The Pace Community is invited to engage in anti-violence activism during Sexual Assault Awareness Week, planned for April in conjunction with national Sexual Assault Awareness Month. There will be several events held in NYC, plus a special screening of The Hunting Ground offered on both the NYC and Westchester campuses.

NYC Campus

The Hunting Ground screening
Sunday, April 19 | 7:00 p.m. | Schimmel Theatre
From the makers of The Invisible War comes the new documentary The Hunting Ground, an exposé of rape crimes on US college campuses, their cover-ups, and the devastating toll they take on students and their families. Weaving together vérité footage and first-person testimonies, the film follows the lives of several undergraduate assault survivors as they attempt to pursue—despite incredible push back, harassment, and traumatic aftermath—both their education and justice.

Monday, April 20 | 11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m. | throughout One Pace Plaza
An action-based event in where students, staff, and faculty will stand in pairs throughout One Pace Plaza leading into common hour in effort to raise awareness and inspire action against sexual violence. Participants will wear a color that corresponds to the t-shirt colors from the Clothesline Project and hold posters displaying statistics related to sexual violence. A town hall will follow at 12:20 p.m. in the Student Union.

Sexual Assault Town Hall
Tuesday, April 21 | 5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. | Dean's Lounge, 41 Park Row, 9th Floor

Conversations of the past, present, and future—the nation, media, and Pace.

The Clothesline Project
April 13–21 | 7:30 p.m. | Room E316
Join the Pace Community in decorating t-shirts sharing the experiences of survivors and people who care about them and hanging them up on a clothesline to be viewed by others as a testimony to the problem of violence against women. The making of the 2015 Clothesline Project will be held on Tuesday, April 21.

Self-Defense with Brian Evans
Thursday, April 23 | 6:00 p.m. | Fulton Lounge
Pace Professor Brian Evans, EdD, leads a self-defense workshop with basic techniques for the Pace Community.

Take Back the Night Day March with Emily Bent
Wednesday, April 22 | 12:00 p.m. | Start at Park Row entrance
A national vigil dedicated to survivors of crimes of silence, Take Back the Night has focused on eliminating sexual and domestic violence since the 1970s. The Pace Community will stand in solidarity for all those who have experienced attacks of sexual violence and march through the community holding posters and candles, wearing t-shirts, and chanting to shatter the silence and stop the violence.

Dare Tactic Presents Lady Liberty
April 24–25 | 8:00 p.m. | Layton Studio, WB04
A theater company of creative cultivators dedicated to reshaping the modern day theatrical culture, The Dare Tactic will present Lady Liberty, a new work that focuses on violence against women and explores the role of policy, politics, and the media, written and directed by Pace students Giovanni Patrick, Larissa Jeanniton, Alli Green, and Jamie Saunders.

Students are also encouraged to participate in a letter writing campaign to survivors on Tumblr. Write a declaration of self-love or honor a survivor in your life at Letters will also be on display as larger poster in One Pace Plaza.

Westchester Campus

The Hunting Ground screening
Sunday, April 19 | 7:00 p.m. | Butcher Suite
See the new documentary The Hunting Ground, a startling exposé of sexual assault on US campuses and the brutal social toll on victims and their families. Following the screening, members of Pace’s Step Up team, Counseling staff, and PAR²+C (Pace Advisors for Respectful Relating and Consent) will participate in a Q&A.

Learn more about events here.

Want to get involved with developing programming and making a difference around campus?

Contact NYC Dean for Students Marijo Russell O’Grady, PhD, at to join the Sexual Assault Programming, Policy, and Implementation Committee NYC.

In Westchester, join PAR²+C  (Pace Advisors for Respectful Relating and Consent) by contacting Assistant Dean for Community Standards and Compliance Debbie Levesque at

Visit Pace’s Sexual Assault Resources website for more information.