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UTSA participates in RAINN Day Sept. 25

By Melissa Hernandez
Assistant Director of Counseling Services

(Sept. 24, 2008)--The UTSA Women's Resource Center and UTSA peer education organization C.U.R.E. (Campus United for Respect and Education) will join forces with RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network) on Thursday, Sept. 25 to observe RAINN Day. Throughout the day, UTSA students will distribute cards with information on sexual assault and help resources.

UTSA is one of more than 700 participating college campuses across the country that will reach more than 1 million students with information on the dangers of sexual assault.

The wallet-sized RAINN Day cards contain tips on "How to Reduce Your Risk of Sexual Assault," "What to Do If You Are Sexually Assaulted" and "How to Help a Friend." The cards also include the National Sexual Assault Hotlines number at 1-800.656.HOPE and other resources.

Watch for the colorful umbrellas decorated by UTSA students to bring awareness to this serious problem that affects people of all ages, races and genders. In fact, every two minutes someone in America is sexually assaulted. College-age women are four times more likely to be the victims of sexual violence than any other age group.

"By participating in RAINN Day, we are raising awareness of the prevalence of sexual assault and providing valuable information and resources to our students," said Jessica Muniz, organizer of UTSA's RAINN Day program.

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For more information, contact Melissa Hernandez at (210) 458-4140.

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