by Cheyenne Vavrina
It is no lie that sexual assault occurs around the globe, but it may seem more like a secret in Duluth, Minn. This is why April has been designated as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. An important aspect for many within a livable city is safety. Safety consists of more than police officers and firemen, it’s the services that help people feel safe within a city.
According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest Nation Network (RAINN), 321,500 Americans over the age of 12 are sexually assaulted each year. Professionals are needed to help victims of sexual assault. This is why PAVSA (Program for aid to victims of sexual assault) is available to people in the Duluth area.
Sam Madsen from PAVSA said, “we try to provide the most holistic services.”
PAVSA will be hosting three events for Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April.
Event One: April 3rd
At this event Mayor Emily Larson dedicated April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The event took place on the fifth floor of the Duluth Courthouse at 12:00 p.m.
This was a ceremonial type of event as PAVSA’s way of kicking off Sexual Assault Awareness Month. So there’s no need to worry if you missed this event because there’s still plenty more to do in the upcoming days.
Event Two: April 6th — Herstory Luncheon
This event is one of PAVSA’s main events for the month. The event is free and takes place at the Greysolon Ballroom by Black Woods. It will start at 11:30 a.m. and end at 1 p.m.
At the event, members from PAVSA will be reflecting on the work of their employees and their volunteers. It is also an awareness event for PAVSA to get a chance to talk more about the things they do for the community.
Madsen said, “it’s a great way to talk with community members.”
To attend the event you must RSVP with PAVSA by calling 218–726–1442. Though the event is free, donations are welcome.
Event Three: April 21st — I Heart Consensual Sex Party
To conclude PAVSA’s events for Sexual Assault Awareness month, they will be hosting a party at the Red Herring Lounge. The party has a cover charge of $5 dollars that go straight to PAVSA as a donation. The event starts at 6 p.m. with a social hour until 8 p.m. This is when the live music gets turned up a notch… or two. The live music will feature DJ Path Annu, Black River Revue, Chasm of Czar, 100 Nights, The Medical Underground, and The Fiasco. The I Heart Consensual Sex Party is a great way to get out and support a Duluth organization that has helped many people.
Other Sexual Assault Awareness Month Events
Consent Week at UMD:
Monday 4/3: BDSM Kink & Consent Workshop 6 p.m. in Kirby Rafters
Tuesday 4/4: “The Hunting Ground” documentary screening + Q&A with UMDPD and Student Conduct 7 p.m. in Bohannon 90
Wednesday 4/5: “The Hottest Policy You’ve Heard: Affirmative Consent” Brown Bag with Kristi Beaver 12 p.m. in KSC 268
Thursday 4/6: FIY (Frost It Yourself) Cupcake Bake Sale 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in Kirby Commons
Friday 4/7: “Stand Up Against Sexual Assault” Stand-In 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Kirby Garage | “Best Party Model” presentation by Men As Peacemakers followed by a social (fun, friends, and Free Food) 7 p.m. in Kirby Ballroom