This past Sunday, the sisters of Alpha Chi Omega and the brothers of Theta Chi came together to raise awareness about sexual assault by hosting their annual Walk-A-Mile event, where participants walked a mile in red heels to spread the word that April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The sisters of Alpha Chi had a table set up on the first floor of Hodson during lunch and dinner in the week leading up to the event, and to participate all that you had to do was pay a $10 registration fee.
Despite the forecast for Sunday being overcast, there was a good turn out for the event. Participants could still walk to show their support for a great cause even if they chose to not wear the signature Walk a Mile red heels – and for those who couldn’t make it to the event, no worries, because you could have still helped out with a donation – after all, raising awareness is what matters.
Sexual assault is defined as “unwanted sexual contact, especially when the victim does not consent,” and it happens more than you might think. According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, one in five women and one in 71 men will be raped at some point in their lives – in college, that number decreases to an astounding one in five women and one in 16 men getting sexually assaulted while on campus. More than 90% of sexual assault victims do not report the assault; if you or someone you know is a victim of sexual assault, do not hesitate to ask for help – resources include Public Safety, Health & Counseling Services, and the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673.