Following our full week of events to raise awareness for Sexual Assault, IA Theta is very proud of our campus, community, and participants in all of our events.  We would like to thank Cold Stone Creamery, Huhot, Scratch Cupcakery, Hyvee, and many other businesses from the Cedar Valley for all of their donations toward our cause.  All proceeds and donations from the events put on this past week are going toward Cedar Valley Friends of the Family.  CVFF is a shelter for victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault.

This past week included many events such as a 24 hour See-SAAW, Teal Tuesday, self defense class for women, a nationally recognized speaker, and other events to help raise awareness on a topic not many people want to talk about.

We started out the week with the 24 hour See-SAAW.  Brothers in Sigma Phi Epsilon manned the See-SAAW for all 24 hours allowing guests to ride periodically.  The See-SAAW was stationed outside of Maucker Union allowing for individuals of the UNI community to get engaged with the events for the week.  After engaging fellow students about the events for the week, it was a gateway into open discussions about sexual assaults as well as how to become active bystanders.

Since Teal is the nationally recognized color for Sexual Assault Awareness, we thought Teal Tuesday would fit well into our week.  By encouraging brothers, members of the Greek community, as well as faculty, staff, and students of the UNI community, Sigma Phi Epsilon was able to turn the campus teal on Tuesday.  Our other event on Tuesday was a self defense class put on by the UNI Police department for women only.

Wednesday was our event called “Snag a SigEp.”  This event was started by Alan Heisterkamp, director of Mentors in Violence Prevention at the Center for Violence Prevention on campus.  Mr. Heisterkamp mentioned what the Center provides for students on campus and how to become an active bystander through the Mentors in Violence Prevention Program.  The remainder of the event consisted of a talent show put on by the members of SigEp, who were auctioned off to the highest bidder after their performance.  Thanks to many donations from businesses in the Cedar Valley, we were able to hold a raffle which helped us raise an additional $100.

Speaker Kevin Teets, from Nashville, Tennessee; was brought in by Sigma Phi Epsilon to speak on the topic of sexual assaults on college campuses.  His speech included causes of sexual assault, prevention techniques, and a message challenging all present to be the difference.

The final day of Sexual Assault Awareness Week included members of Sigma Phi Epsilon distributing cookies (donated by Hy-Vee) and cupcakes (donated by Scratch Cupcakery) outside of Maucker Union.  This was done as a “thank you” to the campus for their support as well as continue to raise awareness on the topic and keep the community engaged in events for the remainder of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Just because Sexual Assault Awareness week is over, we hope to challenge all engaged in our events to be ever mindful of sexual assaults, domestic violence, and prevention of these acts.  We provided the opportunity for those present at our events to take the pledge and take a photo with a frame saying “Stand Against Sexual Assault.”  You can view them as well as pictures from the remainder of the week in an album below.