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Local Universities Join Together to Recognize Sexual Awareness Month
Schools Generating Awareness for City-Wide Campus Movement on April 25
CHICAGO, April 23, 2012 – Seven Chicago-area universities have partnered with the Chicagoland Consortium for Safety on College Campuses (CCSCC) to inform their communities about Sexual Assault Awareness Month and the importance of consent for sexual activity. On Wednesday, April 25, the CCSCC schools invite students, staff, faculty, and the community to wear black clothing, along with a sticker that the various campus groups will provide saying “Consent is Hot. Assault is Not. Ask First.” These CCSCC institutions include DePaul University, Dominican University, Loyola University Chicago, North Park University, Northwestern University, Roosevelt University, and University of Illinois at Chicago.
Sexual assault is the most common violent crime that occurs on American college campuses today, and as many as one in four women will experience an attempted or completed assault during her time in college. Many campuses are working to change these statistics and the formation of CCSCC is one example of how.
The mission of the CCSCC is to enhance Chicagoland universities’ ability to respond to and prevent dating violence, stalking, and sexual assault through collaboration and sharing of resources and best practices.
“Sexual assault is a reality on college campuses and it’s important for us to talk about it, educate students about it, work hard to prevent it, and show our students how much we care,” said Stephanie Atella, health educator at Loyola’s Wellness Center. “April 25 is a city-wide day of recognition of sexual assault and consent and it allows us to demonstrate our strong, unified commitment to making our campuses safer.”
About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university, with more than 16,000 students. Nearly 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as a presence in Beijing and an academic center in Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The University’s 10 schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, continuing and professional studies, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, and social work. Consistently ranked a top national university by U.S.News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago.