By Joe Bachman
City, county and university leaders gathered on the corner of Reserve Street and Fourth Avenue to recognize Sexual Assault Awreaness Month on Monday, April 1.
In honor of the month, the campus portion of Fourth Avenue will be renamed Teal Street, teal being the secual assault awareness color. Acccording to the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, one in five women and one in 71 men will be raped at some point in their lives. In a later survey, in the United States one in three women and one in six men experienced some form of contact sexual violence in their lifetime.
It's an issue that commonly spreads to campuses, as well. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, 20-25 percent of women and 15 percent of men are sexually assualted during their time in college. Over 90 percent of victims on campus do not report their assualt. Over 50 percent of faculty members also experience sexual harassment.
Chancellor Bernie Patterson spoke on the importance of the event as sexual assault hits home for many.