C.A.R.E. Week Tackles Sexual Assault Issues

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C.A.R.E. (Concerned About Rape Education) Week will begin this Sunday, March 22. Designed to raise awareness for sexual assault both on and off campus, C.A.R.E. week aims to provide support for victims of sexual violence.

"Our hope is that the BC community will come out of C.A.R.E. Week with a better understanding of consent, sexual violence prevention and the resources and reporting options available to students," said Lauren Bly, A&S '15, a Women's Center staff member.

One of the largest focal points of the week will take place on Wednesday, March 25 at 6 p.m. in Lyons Dining Hall. This event, Take Back the Night, will provide a safe environment for courageous survivors to share their personal stories in front of an audience.

Take Back the Night is a worldwide movement that aims to create a safe environment for survivors and end all forms of sexual violence.

Photo Courtesy of Boston College Women's Center / Facebook

Photo Courtesy of Boston College Women's Center / Facebook

"The event is a moment of awareness and even shock for some people, because they realize that sexual violence impacts our community," Bly said. "For others, it is a message of hope and healing; it is a commitment to support those who are willing to share their experience and those who carry it with them in silence."

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Photo Courtesy of Boston College Women's Center / Facebook

Throughout the week, other speakers will be featured for more information on sexual violence.

On Monday, March 22, Professor Emily Rothman will be "discussing how pornography, alcohol and relationship styles affect relationships in college," said Marwa Eltahir, A&S '17, a Women's Center staff member. "Professor Brett Ingram [will] discuss the intersection of masculinity, aggression and athletic culture," Eltahir continued. Lastly, "a panel of BC staff and responders featuring Cory Kelly, Katie O'Dair and Dean Rich DeCappua will address how the university handles and redresses disclosures of sexual violence on campus." A complete schedule for the week is shown below.

"Hosting the events at BC conveys our continued commitment to creating a safer, more respectful campus community," Bly said. "By doing so, we acknowledge that BC has done amazing work, but there is always room to grow and improve."

C.A.R.E. week aims to make students develop a safer, more comfortable environment by addressing rising sexual assault conflicts both on and off campus. The Women's Center wants to remind students that there are countless resources for them on the Boston College campus.

"We hope that students will feel comfortable using SANet and the Women's Center, in addition to Campus Ministry and University Counseling Service, to process the information and emotions that come up during the week," Bly said.

For more information on C.A.R.E. week, click here.

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