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  • Healthy Sexuality Workshops
    Wednesdays in April
    April 2, 9, 16, 23, 2013
    12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
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  • Inclusive Excellence Research Week Event
    Tuesday, April 8, 2014
    1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
    Merrill-Cazier Library
  • Center for Women and Gender Spring Luncheon
    Thursday, April 10, 2014
    12:00 p.m.
    Haight Alumni Center
  • UVU Conference on Autism
    Friday, April 11, 2014
    9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    UVU, Sorensen Student Center
  • It Was Rape' Film Screening
    Tuesday, April 15, 2014
    4:30 p.m.
    TSC Auditorium
  • Walk A Mile In Her Shoes
    Wednesday, April 16, 2014
    11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    Campus Store Hallway in the TSC
    Register here.
  • Utah State University Annual Luau
    Wednesday, April 16, 2014
    Dinner from 5 – 7 p.m.; Show @ 7:3
    $7 for dinner; show is free
    USU Taggart Student Center – Dinner on the Patio, show in the Ballroom
  • Breaking Barriers Immigration Forum
    Hosted by the USU Spanish Ambassadors
    Thursday, April 10
    7:00 p.m.
    TSC Auditorium
    Free Admission
  • Center for Women & Gender P & T Celebration
    Thursday, April 17, 2014
    4:30 p.m.
    Caine Home
  • Autism Council of Utah Annual Meeting
    Wednesday, April 23, 2014
    9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
    Capitol Building, Salt Lake City

April is Autism & Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Autism Awareness Month

Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 88 American children as on the autism spectrum; a ten-fold increase in prevalence in 40 years. In order to highlight the growing need for concern and awareness about autism, the Autism Society has been celebrating National Autism Awareness Month since the 1970s. The United States recognizes April as a special opportunity to educate the public about autism and issues within the autism community.

The Autism Society was founded in 1965 and provides education, resources, and referral services for families who need assistance dealing with Autism. Autism Awareness Month is one of the key months for the organization as they engage in numerous outreach activities. The organization encourages people to contact their local legislators, hold special events in their communities and become educated about Autism.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Sexual Assault Awareness Month’s beginnings trace back to the late 1970s in the United Kingdom. Women organized women-only protests in direct response to an upsurge in violence that women were enduring as they walked the streets at night. As time went by, the activities became more organized and the movement spread into the United States. In April of 1978, the first ever Take Back The Night march took place in San Francisco and New York City. Sexual Assault Awareness Month was first observed nationally in April of 2001.

Sexual violence is a serious public health, human rights, and social justice issue affecting both men and women. Sexual Assault Awareness Month is often used to highlight and reinforce the need for worldwide prevention efforts. The World Health Organization estimates that 35% of women worldwide have experienced sexual violence in their lifetimes; in some countries, the likelihood is upwards of 70% that a woman will be sexually assaulted. The U.S. Department of Justice projects that one in four college women will experience an attempted or completed sexual assault before completing a college degree.

Please consider attending an event to support one or both of the populations highlighted above.