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York College plans programming to recognize April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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March 29, 2019
York College of Pennsylvania is planning a month of programming in April to recognize Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Several events are open to the public free of charge.
UNITY, an interactive public art project created as a response to the divisiveness and negative rhetoric in American politics, will come to the York College campus at 11 a.m. on April 1. Created by artist Nancy Belmont, UNITY is a larger-than-life structure that helps participants celebrate their uniqueness and strengthens their ties to each other. The project consists of 32 posts, each with identifiers such as, “I’m a parent; I speak English as a second language; I identify as LGBTQ,” etc. Participants tie colorful yarn to posts that reflect their identities. Their yarn intertwines with others’ yarn to create a web of interconnectedness.
On April 2, Teal Tuesday, York College students will help "paint the town teal" by chalking the sidewalks on Beaver Street. 
Take Back the Night activities will begin at 7 p.m. on April 3 at Wolf Gymnasium in the Grumbacher Sport and Fitness Center. Kristen Houser, chief public affairs officer for the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, will serve as keynote speaker. York College's a cappella group Enharmonix will perform, and the event will end with a glowstick vigil to honor those who have experienced sexual violence.
The Sexual Assault Awareness Month Kickoff will be held at 5 p.m., April 5, at Marketview Arts, 37 West Philadelphia Street. This community event is being hosted by several organizations, including York College, ACCESS York/Victim's Assistance Center of YWCA, the Center for Community Engagement, and the York County District Attorney's Office. 
York College will support the 33rd Annual Crime Victims’ Rights March and Candlelight Vigil in Downtown York on April 9 at 7 p.m. Hosted by the Kiltie Band of York and the York County Victims’ Rights Coalition, the event will begin at the Colonial Courthouse on the corner of West Market and Pershing streets for a brief program. Participants will then march along West Market Street to Trinity United Church of Christ (32 West Market St.) led by the Kiltie Bank of York. The program will include speakers, music and a survivor roll call and candle lighting.
A private college located in southcentral Pennsylvania, York College offers more than 50 baccalaureate majors in professional programs, the sciences and humanities to its 4,400 undergraduate students. The College also offers master's programs in business, education and nursing, and a doctorate in nursing practice. York College students enjoy a high-quality education that emphasizes practical application and a community invested in their success. The College provides a personal plan to help students focus their passions and attain their goals so they are prepared for a lifetime of meaningful careers – ready to meet the challenges of their profession and feeling confident and proud of their achievements.

Mary Dolheimer
Chief Communications and Marketing Officer
York College of Pennsylvania
York, PA  17403
717-577-0810 (mobile)