A recent sexual assault at Brigham Young University has risen the awareness of sexual assaults on college campuses in Utah.
An event at Utah State University recently, called Walk a Mile In Her Shoes, was hosted by the USU SAAVI office, which stands for Sexual Assault and Anti-Violance. The event aimed to bring more awareness to the problem of sexual assault and violence.
On <a href=”http://610kvnu.com/assets/podcaster/324/2016_04_23_324_44104_2867.mp3″ target=”_blank”>KVNU’s For the People program Friday</a>, SAAVI coordinator Jenny Erazo said that men wore high heel shoes to identify with a female who may be the victim of sexual or other type of assault.
Erazo says sexual assault is often hard to talk about but the SAAVI office is there to offer help.
“We are a free and confidential reporting source on campus and as they come in we talk about what their options are for the situation they are in,” said Erazo. “We let them know legal reporting options, university reporting options, we are able to connect with professors.
“Really, we have an incredibly supportive campus. If I could say anything, it would be to just reach out for help, contact our office so we can provide you with support.”
She said SAAVI works closely with CAPSA and social organizations. To report an incident call 797-RAPE, that’s 797-7273.