A-State kicks off Sexual Assault Awareness Week

(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Arkansas State University kicked off its first activities for Sexual Assault Awareness Week on Monday.

The event comes after an alleged rape on campus two weeks ago and another case in February when 20-year-old James Chambless was accused of raping a woman at a registered fraternity party.

Monday was designated as "Cyber Monday." Students put their selfie game to good use.

The students stopped by the booth set up in the student union. They grabbed a teal ribbon and pinned it to their shirts to establish support for sexual assault awareness.

"They came in and got the ribbon and took a selfie with it and posted it on social media with hashtag SAAM, Sexual Assault Awareness Month," A-State student Braelen Hunt said.

Supporters of the cause hope the selfies will go viral and that their ribbons make a difference.

"There is a sexual assault survivor somewhere, maybe in a classroom with them, maybe just in the union when they are eating in the cafeteria, and then them seeing this ribbon that they support them, that they feel more welcome in our culture and in our society and that they shouldn't have to be ashamed or afraid of anything that's happened and that they should feel brave and support by our community," Hunt said.

Several more activities are scheduled throughout the week, including a balloon release and a writing session for students to write letters to sexual assault victims.

On Tuesday, the university held a spin the wheel event at the Reng Student Union. The students were asked a series of questions dealing with sexual assault awareness.

Coordinator Chocoletta Simpson told Region 8 News that the event Tuesday helped students understand the issue.

"I am invested and definitely much so excited to share for one, education. Know the facts, know what you can do, know how I can help, how our institution can help; and that way the more you know the better we can address these concerns on our campus and within our community," Simpson said.

The university will be hosting a panel discussion Wednesday at the Spring River Room.

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