Centenary hosts Sexual Assault Awareness Month events

SHREVEPORT, LA — Centenary College will host three events during Shreveport-Bossier City's annual Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April. The month's programming, led by Project Celebration, brings together local law enforcement agencies, civic organizations, and student groups to provide education, prevention, and healing for the community as a whole.

"The primary goal for all of the month's events is education," says Centenary Department of Public Safety Detective Heather Boucher. "Our theme this year is 'Prevention is Possible,' and the goal for the program is focusing on how communities can successfully reduce the risk of sexual violence through efforts that promote respect, equality, and accountability."

Events begin on April 1 and run through the end of the month. Centenary will host the Barksdale Air Force Base Sexual Assault Theater Group in Kilpatrick Auditorium on April 7 at 11:10 a.m. Passport Points are available for Centenary students who attend.

On Saturday, April 9, Centenary will host the "Let's Talk" men's brunch at 10:45 a.m. in the College's Whited Room. Coaches, athletic directors, and men from all disciplines are especially invited to attend this event. The cost is $7.50 for Centenary students and $9.00 for non-Centenary students. Passport Points are available for Centenary students who attend. Contact Don Hooper at 318.347.57.37 for more information.

The College will also host the "Women in Media" Brunch on Saturday, April 16 at 10:45 a.m. in Kilpatrick Auditorium. This event is geared toward women working at local television stations and newspapers, and seating is limited to 25 people.

"The Centenary College Department of Public Safety is continually looking for ways to educate our students with the tools and knowledge that will make them better citizens in our communities," says Chief Eddie Walker. "DPS is actively involved with local organizations that address sexual assault awareness and domestic violence. These are issues that are not glamorous and are not talked about enough but affect a large number of people in our community."

Other Sexual Assault Awareness Month events include a presentation aimed at students in Greek organizations, an essay contest, a remembrance walk, and the month-long social media campaign #AnotherManAgainstSexualAssault.

A full schedule and more details will be available at the Project Celebration Facebook page.

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