Outreach projects by class aim to educate about sexual assault
April 10, 2014
A University of Wisconsin-Stout
class is helping raise awareness about healthy sexuality and is engaging young people to raise their voices to
impact future generations.
Students in the Abuse and the Family class taught by
Associate Professor Susan Wolfgram, human development and family studies, are
organizing nine social action projects to help empower youth and those who are
incarcerated, both youth and adults.
projects in April coincide with national Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
Wolfgram believes if "you change one person you have the
potential to change an entire generation."
"About one in five women and
nearly one in seven men who ever experienced rape, physical violence and/or
stalking by an intimate partner first experienced some form of partner violence
between 11 and 17 years of age. These are low estimates given how underreported
these experiences are," said Wolfgram, citing statistics from the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention.
"There is evidence that we can be successful in reducing
sexual and other forms of violence in our community through prevention,
education and increased awareness. We are all stakeholders," Wolfgram said.
One social action project, the Clothesline Project,
features T-shirts with messages about sexual assault. The shirts are being
displayed at various sites around Menomonie during April. Learn more here.
The annual Take Back the Night event will be held at 7
p.m. Friday, April 25, at the Raw Deal, 603 S. Broadway St. It will include
speakers, live music, a candle light vigil and have resources on sexual
violence awareness, along with the Clothesline Project display.
The vigil will begin at 9:30 p.m. and include a march
from the Raw Deal to the UW-Stout Clock Tower.
The student project manager for Take Back the Night is
Melissa Hesketh, of Eau Claire.
The other seven social action projects are in Dunn, Eau
Claire, Pierce and St. Croix counties. The sites and student project managers
-- Dunn County Jail; Brooke Fearon, of Milton
-- Eau Claire County Jail; Alana Wall, of Circle Pines, Minn.
-- Transitions Center in Eau Claire for ex-offenders; Bria Mertz, of Farmington,
-- Northwest Juvenile Detention Center in Eau Claire; Phylicia Fehlen, of Clear
-- New Richmond High School; Matt Jandourek, of Shiocton
-- River Falls High School; Brittany Randt, of Little Chute
-- Menomonie Middle School; Betsy Hundt, of Onalaska.
For more information on the human development and family studies program, click here.