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Student Awareness Up Regarding Campus Sexual Assault Resources

The Center for Health Education and Wellness surveyed full-time undergraduate students regarding various campus safety and wellness initiatives.

Eighty-one percent of participants said they were aware that UT has a policy regarding their rights if they are sexually assaulted, a twenty percent increase from the year before.

The survey also found that sixty-six percent of students were aware that UT has campus resources for victims, survivors, and bystanders of sexual assault, a seven percent increase from 2013.

“Awareness is the first step in creating real change. We want our community to report, serve as active bystanders, and have the important conversations around consent. None of that can happen until we are aware,” said Ashley Blamey, director of the Center for Health Education and Wellness.

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A Conversation on Amendment 1: Abortion & the Tennessee Constitution

What is Amendment 1?

Text of Amendment 1

Shall Article I of the Constitution of Tennessee be amended by adding the following language as a new, appropriately designated section:

Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion. The people retain the right through their elected state representatives and state senators to enact, amend, or repeal statutes regarding abortion, including, but not limited to, circumstances of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest or when necessary to save the life of the mother.

Source: Tennessee Secretary of State

Women’s Studies is sponsoring a conversation on the proposed Amendment 1 to the Tennessee State Constitution. A panel of professional women will share information on how this touches women’s lives; brief presentations will be followed by discussion. Please join us.

When? Thursday Oct. 2      7:00 – 8:30 pm

Where? University Center — the Crest room

Panel participants

— Wanda Sobieski  JD   Matters of Law

— Susan Dodd  MD        Women Making Choices

— Letitia Flores  PhD     Psychological Consequences of Abortion

— Rev. Marcia Free       Perspectives on Faith and Conscience

Sponsored by Women’s Studies

This program is free and open to the public.

Disability Week

Next week, the Campus Disability Advocates will have their disability week, with events on Monday through Friday at 7 pm. On Wednesday, October 1, at 7 pm in the UC Ballroom. Tricia Downing will be visiting to discuss Camp Discovery, a camp for adult women who are wheelchair users.
Trish Downing is a wheelchair athlete and director of Camp Discovery, a camp for women 21-years-old and up who are full-time wheelchair users. She aims to redefine participants’ lives through fitness and recreation. Her camp provides a rare and unique forum for women with disabilities to discuss their challenges and lives while also providing them with an outlet through exercise that benefits them both physically and emotionally. While a camp for adults with disabilities seems commonplace, many of these people rarely have the opportunity to meet and converse about the shared challenges they face, especially as they age. This camp also focuses on women with disabilities, one of the most marginalized groups in America. Trish Downing’s talk, therefore, will touch on many topics pertinent to college students, including: women’s issues, health and wellness, and disability.

Red Zone Bye Week Workshop

Saturday, September 20, from 9:30 am – 2:00 pm in the Baker Center. UT’s Sexual Empowerment and Awareness at Tennessee (SEAT), the organization that puts on Sex Week, is hosting the Red Zone Bye Week Workshop.

From SEAT’s event description:

Caution: You are in the Red Zone! The Red Zone is the time from the beginning of the school year until Thanksgiving Break, when college students are statistically most likely to be sexually assaulted. This year, SEAT is trying to do something to change that, because we know that everyone can be a part of changing campus culture.

The workshop will include sessions on Title IX, relationship and dating violence, assault in the LGBTQ+ community, active bystander training, consent and communication, Survivor Safe Space, and information from the Sexual Assault Center of East Tennessee. Breakfast and lunch are included.

You can fill out this form to RSVP and ensure they will have enough food for participants:

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