Archive for Friday, September 16, 2011

Candlelight vigil at KU silently honors victims of sexual assault

A candlelight vigil for victims of sexual assault was held Thursday night around the Campanile.

September 16, 2011

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A candlelight vigil for victims of sexual assault was organized Thursday evening at the Campanile on the KU campus.  Kansas student  Ashley Arenholz, from left,  Emily McGinnis and Anthony Ungaro hold candles with others during a momenbt of silence.  The gathering was part of Emily Taylor Women's Resource Center's awareness week.

A candlelight vigil for victims of sexual assault was organized Thursday evening at the Campanile on the KU campus. Kansas student Ashley Arenholz, from left, Emily McGinnis and Anthony Ungaro hold candles with others during a momenbt of silence. The gathering was part of Emily Taylor Women's Resource Center's awareness week.

They stood in silent vigil for 176 seconds — one for every victim of sexual assault GaDuGi Safe Center helped last year.

Most quietly reflected.

A few spoke of the pain they felt for their loved ones, survivors of abuse — one woman’s cousin, one woman’s childhood best friend, one man’s mother.

About 20 people gathered in front of the Campanile on Kansas University’s campus Thursday night for a candlelight vigil, part of the awareness week organized by the Emily Taylor Women’s Resource Center.

Many spoke of the need to break the silence in order to help prevent further assaults.

Anthony Ungaro, a KU graduate student, talked about the need for men to understand and work to prevent sexual assault.

Sonja Heath, assistant director of the Emily Taylor Women’s Resource Center, said that the event was meant to honor those struggling with the aftermath of sexual assault, as well as give a venue for sharing stories.

The sexual assault awareness week is usually held in April, but staff at the center decided to hold the event in September because “we didn’t want students to go almost an entire year” without exposure to information they provide on prevention of sexual assault, which affects 1 in 4 women by the age of 22, Heath said.

Toward the end of the vigil, one woman spoke about the candles as a symbol for her painful experience as a victim, which, she said, is getting better with the support she has received.

“I was living in darkness,” the woman said. “But someone eventually showed me light.”

Comments

workinghard 3 years, 7 months ago

My daughter recently had an experience where she felt she might not be safe and was chastised for taking action. She was coming home for a visit and booked a shuttle from her house to the airport in a nearby town. She ended up the only passenger with a driver that started trying to pick her up and made remarks that made her feel uneasy and concerned. Since she had booked a return trip which would have put her on the shuttle at 10:30 at night she did not feel safe on the highway possibly alone with the man. She booked with another shuttle service and called to cancel her reservation. She told them the reason she was canceling, thinking they would like to know. Instead they became irate and before they hung up on her, told her "she needed to quit being such a prude". It is attitudes like this that make young women ignore their gut feelings thinking they are overreacting.

kawrivercrow 3 years, 7 months ago

Rape is so common because of our permissive attitude and lenient sentencing for sex offenders who time and time again show they are not rehabilitatable.

We, as a society, need to one up to our facilitation of rape by letting sex offenders out over and over again.

Rape is inexcusable. One strike....You're Out!

Richard Heckler 3 years, 7 months ago

Notice how long it is taking to get the lit up safe walkway accomplished.

Why was there so much discussion as to whether it should be done?

Why can't KU and City Hall just do it??? It isn't like neither institution has the money. They always have money IF it's something they want to do.

It is my thinking Kentucky,Tennessee and Ohio streets should be lit up like daylight all night long.

gl0ck0wn3r 3 years, 7 months ago

Yeah... Interesting that you now support light pollution.

I wonder how useful candlelight vigils under a phallic symbol are compared to concealed carry classes.

deec 3 years, 7 months ago

Because most women are packin' in class, on dates and in their homes. "...Most of us were taught from childhood about "stranger danger," however stranger rape only makes up 10 percent of all rapes. We hear more about stranger rape through the media, because it makes a more shocking story. However, true date rape (where the woman is actually on a date or with a boyfriend) accounts for 13 percent of college campus rapes and 35 percent of attempted rapes. The remaining 77 percent of all rapes are committed by acquaintances. What kinds of acquaintance rape exist?

Most studies divide acquaintance rapes into types. There is party rape, where the rape occurs at a party. There is also date rape, where the rape occurs on a date. Then there is rape by a former intimate, where the woman is raped by a person she used to date or know. Finally, there is rape by a current intimate. Where and when am I most vulnerable?

According to the Department of Justice 70 percent of sexual assaults reported to law enforcement happened in the victim's home, the offender's home, or another residence. For a woman of college age, 34 percent of rapes and 45 percent of attempted rapes take place on campus. 60 percent of those rapes occur in the victim's residence, 31 percent in another residence, and 10 percent in a fraternity house. Also, 68 percent of rapes occur between 6pm and 6am." http://christianteens.about.com/od/advice/a/DateRapeFAQs.htm

gl0ck0wn3r 3 years, 7 months ago

"Because most women are packin' in class, on dates and in their homes."

They should, particularly in the first two situations... However, I am sure you are right. Concealed carry has probably never helped a potential rape victim so let's dismiss it out of hand.

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