Pitt-Bradford to mark Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Pitt-Bradford will hold several awareness events to mark Sexual Assault Awareness Month. 

            On April 8, “Not for Sale,” which addresses human trafficking, will be held from 11 a.m. to noon in the Harriett B. Wick Chapel.

            The event is being organized by Nicolette Kellogg, a criminal justice major from Cuba, N.Y., who will also make an educational presentation. Participants can also sign a banner to end slavery and take part in a march around campus to raise awareness of human trafficking and slavery. The public is invited.

            In addition to her studies as part of the criminal justice program, Kellogg traveled to Denmark last summer to study human trafficking as a Vira I. Heinz scholar.

            According to the Polaris Project, there are 27 million people in modern-day slavery across the world, and one million children are exploited by the global commercial sex trade each year. In the United States, the average age of entry into prostitution is between 12 and 14.

            On April 9, the Pitt-Bradford LGBTS Alliance will sponsor a showing of the film “Asking for It: The Ethics and Erotics of Sexual Consent” at 7 p.m. in Wick Chapel. The film is open to the public, but those younger than 18 should attend with a parent or guardian. Following the film, there will be a discussion on sexual consent.

            “Asking for It” features Dr. Harry Brod, a professor of philosophy at the University of Northern Iowa and leader in the pro-feminist men’s movement. He offers a unique take on the problem of sexual assault, one that complicates the issue even as it clarifies the bottom-line principle that consent must always be explicitly granted, never simply assumed.

            Students will also distribute information at tables in the Frame-Westerberg Commons and hold a “Slut Walk” to protest blaming victims of sexual violence for the actions perpetrated against them.

            For disability-related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources and Services at (814)362-7609 or clh71@pitt.edu.

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