Preventing Sexual Assault

North Dakota State’s chapter of Theta Chi A Night to Remember on Friday. The event aimed to raise awareness for sexual assault on campus.

The event held at the NDSU University Lutheran Center featured free food, a root beer keg, yard games and dancing.

Zachary Reich, Theta Chi’s representative for the event, said the event is “a sober party to not only show students they do not need to drink to have fun, but to promote sexual assault awareness on campus.”

Representatives from the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center in Fargo attended the event.

Kelsey Keimig, the assistant director of sexual assault prevention and advocacy, said she was thrilled to hear of Theta Chi’s event.

“Having a diverse set of groups across campus organizing around the issue of sexual violence is an important component of prevention,” Keimig said.

Keimig, who works both with prevention efforts on campus and advocacy for students who have experienced violence, was a part of the mandatory incoming freshman and transfer student We Take a Stand training.

Additional sexual assault prevention efforts by NDSU include Take Back the Night, the Clothesline Project, Self Defense for Women and periodic film screenings on abuse.

A poster campaign called Take a Stand will soon be launched to promote strategies for bystander intervention among the NDSU community.

Three student groups advised by Keimig exist on campus, including the Prevention Educators, Share.Survive.Thrive. and Enough. Each has a goal of preventing sexual assault.

Increasing awareness of sexual assault and its prevention is a priority on the NDSU campus and within the NDSU community.

“Interpersonal violence is a community issue and it is everyone’s business,” Keimig said.

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