One in 5 women and one in 16 men are sexually assaulted while in college. Rape is the most under-reported crime and 63% of sexual assaults are not reported to police. Sexual assaults happen every day causing women and men immense emotional and physical distress. These victims need outlets and ways of finding help.
The ladies of Delta Chi Theta Sorority and the men of Phi Omega Phi Fraternity held a fundraiser to raise funds for Safe Path as well as raise awareness on our campus last Saturday in PepsiCo. Through the help of the many participants from groups on campus, we held an event called “Are you MAN enough to walk in HER shoes?” This event ended up being very fun and helped raise money a lot of money. Along with the help of Phi Omega Phi and the participants, we raised over $1,400! Men and women from campus competed against each while wearing high heels in events such as the egg-spoon obstacle course, egg toss, musical chairs, 3-legged race, and a hula hoop contest. Each participant who placed in 3rd or above got points that added to their final score. With the final event ending in a neck and neck race with Allie Bettenhausen sprinting to pass Rahul Bhatia to place first in the obstacle course, you could say that the day was exciting! Kyle Zeberlein with 10 points took home first place in the event. But in reality, we took home first place because we ended the day knowing that we had raised money and awareness for sexual assault and Safepath.
A special thanks to all the participants! Thank you to Kyle Zeberlein, Rahul Bhatia, Andrew Hollis, Bennett Tomlin, Allie Bettenhausen, Maggie Williams, Bri Frys, Madison Stoneman, Rachel Cheval, Francesco Sposito, Keridwen Mcdaniel, Luke Robinson, Rebekah Wilken, Nicholas Steichmann, Noah-Christina Reed, Bethany Koch, Ella McCorkle, and Adam Metz for sacrificing your feet and your time to victims of sexual assault!
Information on Family Resources Safepath Organization:
The Quad Cities’ Family Resources Safepath Organization’s mission is to create a community free of violence through education, counseling, prevention, and advocacy. It is a local organization that deals with social services, advocacy, family restoration, and education.
Rape and domestic violence are crimes of violence motivated by a need to show power or to express anger against another person. Violence thrives on shame, secrecy, and silence. Thousands of people are served by SafePath Survivor Resources each year. If you or a loved one are ever in doubt, call us and we will help you through whatever you are experiencing.
If you have been raped or sexually assaulted, we are here for you.
After an assault, survivors may experience symptoms of Rape Trauma Syndrome, which include:
- Feelings of hopelessness
- Anxiety and depression
- Nightmares and sleeplessness
- Disturbing and repeated thoughts and memories
Such feelings are entirely natural. However, with time, care and guidance, survivors can move beyond these stages and begin to put their lives back together. The steps along this path are not easy. But through programs like SafePath Survivor Resources, survivors can get the help, assistance and support they need.