Sexual assaults involving fraternities is not a new problem. In fact, such assaults are high on the list of insurance claims against fraternities nationwide. At Sigma Phi Epsilon – Iowa Theta, we strive to raise awareness about sexual assault and do everything to promote being an active bystander. We send our members through a Men in Violence Prevention training each semester so they know what to do in these complex situtations. Along with that, we host a week long philanthropy raising awareness about sexual assault at Northern Iowa and raising money for Cedar Valley Friends of the Family. This organization creates a safe environment for victims of sexual assault as well as domestic abuse and the homeless. As a chapter, we focus primarily on sexual assault as it is a problem that arises with fraternities and college campuses. Some events we host throughout the week (March 30th – April 3rd) to raise awareness regarding this issue are:
Monday 24 hour SeeSAAW outside of Union
Reason: To establish the fact that sexual assault can happen anytime of the day and it is a never ending issue.
Tuesday Wear teal for Teal Tuesday’s during Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Reason: To raise awareness about sexual assault on campus.
Self Defense Class for Women
Reason: This is hosted by the campus police and only women are allowed. This shows women how to defend themselves if they are ever involved with a perpetrator.
Wednesday Host SNAG talent show in Union
Reason: Event to raise funds for Cedar Valley Friends of the Family. Members of Sigma Phi Epsilon and the UNI student body perform a talent and members of the community donate to the cause.
Thursday National Speaker: Kevin Teets in the Commons Ballroom
Reason: He is a assistant district attorney from Nashville,Tennessee that deals with sexual assault cases. He is going to speak about sexual assault with college campuses specifically and how we can go about combatting this issue.
Friday Hand out Scratch cupcakes and HyVee cookies with teal icing
Reason: To raise awareness and hand out information cards regarding sexual assaults on UNI’s campus. They have information on how to prevent this issue and what steps to take.
If you want to help Sigma Phi Epsilon raise awareness and provide support to victims, please donate here to support Cedar Valley Friends of the Family.