No Means No

Every 2 1/2 minutes, a person is raped in this country. Join the Pace Community in raising awareness and fighting back against sexual assault at Sexual Assault Awareness Week, a series of events including Take Back the Night, self-defense workshops, and more.

Did you know that over the course of an average 5-year college career, it is estimated that between 20% and 25% of college women will become victims of completed or attempted rape, but only 12% of rapes will be reported to law enforcement? Pace students, faculty, and staff will engage in anti-violence activism during Sexual Assault Awareness Week, April 15-19, on the NYC campus. Sexual Assault Awareness Week, planned in April in conjunction with national Sexual Assault Awareness Month, raises awareness about sexual assault and offers preventive measures and resources.

Tables will be set up from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. each day in the front lobby of One Pace Plaza to distribute t-shirts, tattoos, buttons, flashlights, policy, resources, and more. You can also stop by the Café to participate in the Clothesline Project, which addresses the issue of violence against women by providing a vehicle for the women to express their emotions by decorating a shirt.

Other events include:

The Elephant in the Room: Rape Culture in America
Monday, April 15
5:00 p.m.
LGBTQA Center, 41 Park Row, 9th Floor Lounge
Stop by the LGBTQA Center for an important discussion on rape culture and victim blaming, sexual objectification, trivializing rape, and more.

What Does SVU Do?
Tuesday April 16
3:00 p.m.
41 Park Row, 9th Floor Lounge
Jennifer Gaffney, Deputy Chief of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Sex Crimes Unit, will speak to Pace students about victim rights and the process of what happens when a sex crime is committed.

Domestic Violence in the LGBTQA Community
Wednesday, April 17
12:00 p.m.
LGBTQA Center, 41 Park Row, 9th Floor Lounge
Domestic violence isn’t just physical; it’s verbal and emotional. Join the LGBTQA Center for a discussion on signs of domestic violence and how you can break the cycle.

Self-Defense Workshop
Wednesday, April 17
7:30 p.m.
Fulton Dorm, 2nd Floor Lounge
Pace Professor Brian Evans, EdD, will host a free self-defense workshop.

Bystander Training
Thursday, April 18
3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
41 Park Row, 16th Floor Dyson Conference Room
If you see something, say something! The Counseling Center hosts a discussion on how to take steps and speak up.

Take Back the Night
Thursday, April 18
9:00 p.m.
In front of One Pace Plaza
Pace students, faculty, and staff will take to the streets to raise awareness of sexual assault at Take Back the Night (TBTN), a national vigil dedicated to survivors of “crimes of silence.” 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 beginning at 9:00 p.m. Pace alumna Annamaria Santamaria ’12, who was the President and Founder of Students Organizing Against Rape (SOAR) and interned at the New York City Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence, will be the guest speaker.