WITs On US – Sexual Assault Awareness Week

According to last week’s #WITWants2Know, 81% of students who responded do not know the purpose of WITs on US week.  We hope that by reading about (and attending) the many great events being offered this week; you will be able to better understand the purpose of this annual event.

WITs on US week is designed to educate on sexual assault, consent, harassment and healthy relationships.  Wentworth has adapted its program from the national “It’s on Us” campaign that was started by the federal government to increase awareness about sexual assault on college campuses.

The events this week are meant to educate and raise awareness about sexual assault and provide students with information about the support and resources available on campus.  We hope that you can attend one or more of these events.

Monday, March 20

Clothesline Project display in the Pavilion

The Clothesline Project (CLP) is a program started on Cape Cod, MA, in 1990 to address the issue of violence against women. It is a vehicle for women affected by violence to express their emotions by decorating a shirt. They then hang the shirt on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to the problem of violence against women. With the support of many, it has since spread world-wide.

Materials will be available if someone would like to add to the display.

For more information about the clothesline project, please visit http://www.clotheslineproject.org/.

Tuesday, March 21

I Love Female Orgasm in the EWT Auditorium at 8:00 pm

Whether you want to learn how to have your first orgasm or how to have better ones, I Love Female Orgasm will cover it all with humor and honesty. All genders and sexual identities welcome.

For more information about I Love Female Orgasm please visit http://www.sexualityeducation.com/femaleorg/

(this event is being co-sponsored with WEB)

Wednesday, March 22

Consent Fair in Tansey Gymnasium from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

An interactive fair with prizes and food where we discuss individual choice, personal boundaries, communication and healthy relationships!

How do you #WITConsent?



Schumann Library Program Room at 6:00 pm

Discussion about female gamers and how women are portrayed in video games.  This event is being held in partnership with Geek Week.

Thursday, March 23

WITHero bystander intervention training

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Students will learn skills to intervene in situations where sexual assault could occur as

well as in instances of sexist, homophobic, or rape-supportive incidents in order to create a more inclusive and supportive community.

To sign up for this session or learn more about Wentworth’s bystander intervention program, visit http://sites.wit.edu/withero/

Friday, March 24

Dominique Christina in the Ira Allen lobby (6:00 pm poetry workshop, 7:00 pm performance)

Dominique Christina is an award-winning writer, performer, educator, and activist. She holds 5 national poetry slam titles. This workshop allows the opportunity to give voice to our experiences in a way that is meaningful and intentional through poetry and spoken word. Participants and Dominique will be performing their work for the community.

To learn more about the Dominique, please visit http://www.dominiquechristina.com/

(this event is being co-sponsored with the Humanities Department)

If you are interested in learning more about programming regarding these topics, please contact the chairs of the Campus Climate Student Programming Committee, Ryan Rogers (rogersr2@wit.edu) or Jenn Kosses (kossesj@wit.edu).