NEWS

Mount hosts awareness programs, honors survivors of assault

April 30, 2018
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -

Fr. Gregoire Fluet, director of Campus Ministry and campus chaplain, holds a candle at the recent vigil honoring those affected by sexual assault.

Fr. Gregoire Fluet, director of Campus Ministry and campus chaplain, holds a candle at the recent vigil honoring those affected by sexual assault. 

 

Mount Saint Mary College hosted a number of April events to help students make healthy, proactive choices and to reinforce the campus’s commitment against violence. 

Mount students created and attended several events in April as part of national Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The programs fall under the coordinated effort known as No Knight Left Behind. 

No Knight Left Behind is spearheaded by Amy Beard, Mount project coordinator for Prevention, Advocacy, and Intervention Programs.

“I’m very proud of our students and their tremendous work on these events,” said Beard. “They’re devoted, dedicated, and their passion is infectious.”

Early in the month, students hunted for numbered Easter eggs, which earned them spins on a tabletop carnival wheel. Each spin directed participants to take a specific prevention-related action, such as attending a prevention event during the month, posting a message on their social media accounts, and more.

The presentation “#MeToo, #IWILL, #TIMESUP: Making Sense of Media Today” challenged students to evaluate the role that social media has played in recent national conversations about assault, such as the viral use of the hashtag #MeToo. The presentation was led by Megan Mausteller, youth educator at Safe Homes of Orange County, who walked the students through an evaluation of social media posts from various celebrities and the impact they had.

Later in the month, students were invited to join the Clothesline Project by writing messages of support on t-shirts for those who have experienced sexual violence. The shirts were displayed in the college’s main academic hall the week of April 18-21. 

The month culminated with a candlelight vigil, where students honored those who have been impacted by sexual assault. The vigil was held in the Guzman Chapel on campus.