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York College plans programming to recognize April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month

March 29, 2019
The creek running through the York College campus in the fall

York College of Pennsylvania is planning a month of programming in April to recognize Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Several events are open to the public free of charge.

UNITY, an interactive public art project created as a response to the divisiveness and negative rhetoric in American politics, will come to the York College campus at 11 a.m. on April 1. Created by artist Nancy Belmont, UNITY is a larger-than-life structure that helps participants celebrate their uniqueness and strengthens their ties to each other. The project consists of 32 posts, each with identifiers such as, “I’m a parent; I speak English as a second language; I identify as LGBTQ,” etc. Participants tie colorful yarn to posts that reflect their identities. Their yarn intertwines with others’ yarn to create a web of interconnectedness. 

On April 2, Teal Tuesday, York College students will help "paint the town teal" by chalking the sidewalks on Beaver Street.

Take Back the Night activities will begin at 7 p.m. on April 3 at Wolf Gymnasium in the Grumbacher Sport and Fitness Center. Kristen Houser, chief public affairs officer for the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, will serve as keynote speaker. York College's a cappella group Enharmonix will perform, and the event will end with a glowstick vigil to honor those who have experienced sexual violence.

The Sexual Assault Awareness Month Kickoff will be held at 5 p.m., April 5, at Marketview Arts, 37 West Philadelphia Street. This community event is being hosted by several organizations, including York College, ACCESS York/Victim's Assistance Center of YWCA, the Center for Community Engagement, and the York County District Attorney's Office.

York College will support the 33rd Annual Crime Victims’ Rights March and Candlelight Vigil in Downtown York on April 9 at 7 p.m. Hosted by the Kiltie Band of York and the York County Victims’ Rights Coalition, the event will begin at the Colonial Courthouse on the corner of West Market and Pershing streets for a brief program. Participants will then march along West Market Street to Trinity United Church of Christ (32 West Market St.) led by the Kiltie Bank of York. The program will include speakers, music and a survivor roll call and candle lighting.

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