Sole Survivors: Sexual Assault Awareness Week
“Every 98 seconds an American is sexually assaulted, which means every day hundreds of people are affected by sexual violence, yet we do not talk about it nearly as much as we should. Together, we need to break the stigma associated with sexual assault and show the world that this statistic is not acceptable.” - Katya Kradinova '19
Sole Survivors is raising money for our spring events during sexual assault awareness week. WeR Gold funding would help us continue to expand our events during the spring. Donated funds would be put towards event supplies, and excess funding would go toward more programming. Specifically, we need new spray paint to continue our "I Will Walk With You" event.
In addition, funding would go to bracelets for our table and food for “snack and stat,” in which students can take snacks from our table that have statistics about sexual assault attached to them. Other funding will go towards t-shirts to advertise the Take Back the Night Walk. We encourage students to wear them the day of the walk to raise awareness and show individual support. Lastly, funding will be put towards bulk-ordering individual supplies for the care package event so that we will be able to assemble many care packages for Unity House in Troy.
What You're Supporting
This April, we are planning a week of events in order to raise awareness. Our biggest event is "I Will Walk With You," which is a public interactive art event. During the event, members of our group go out to high foot traffic areas of campus and invite members of the community to chalk paint footprints on the ground to represent that the community “walks with you” on your journey to get help. The footprints lead towards a booth on campus that has information on help resources for those affected, statistics and information about sexual assault, as well as opportunities to donate and bracelets to help spread the word.
Additionally, we will be helping the Dean of Students office to plan the Take Back the Night Walk, and organize events to help publicize it.
A new event that we are adding this year is the care package assembly event, where we will have students assemble items for care packages to be donated to Unity House. This supplies victims with personal care items, clothes, and will also include a personalized note. The note will be an encouraging message to remind survivors that we support them.
Who We Are
We all know someone who has been affected by sexual assault. Sole Survivors is an organization whose mission is to raise awareness for sexual assault victims and demonstrates community support. We organize events on campus to help fight the stigma associated with sexual assault, show survivors that they are not alone, and increase awareness of this prevalent problem. We are looking to grow and host more creative and interactive events to spread the word.