By Michael Maraghi, Staff Writer
On Thursday, Nov. 3, St. John Fisher College hosted a seminar, Speaking Out Against Sexual Violence, which marked the fourth and final event for Fisher’s Freedom Week.
The event was hosted by Fisher and led by the RESTORE program. Restore leads the community response to sexual violence through advocacy and education by providing the safety, support and validation that changes the lives of all those affected.
The discussion, led by Michelle Cammarata, detailed the prevention and professional training programs to increase awareness and improve societal response to sexual violence in the community, creating a society less tolerant to sexual violence.
Juana Bega, assistant director in the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity programs, and Ashley Ferenczy, administrative assistant, shared their thoughts.
“The goal was to bring awareness and really try to provide the tools that are needed to individuals that, if they are victims of assault or know of any loved one that are victims of assault, to be able to support them and reassure them that they have options,” she said.
“I think that Fisher should keep on hosting events like this to bring awareness so everyone can be included in the conversation.” – Luisa Rodriguez
Luisa Rodriguez, a Fisher student, attended the event as part of the Women and Gender Studies class offered on campus.
“I think that it was really informative,” Rodriguez said. “I think that Fisher should keep on hosting events like this to bring awareness so everyone can be included in the conversation. I think people should all be involved and this should be a campus-wide activity where everyone can talk about it openly.”
Freedom Week was organized by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Programs at St. John Fisher College.
Other planned events included the clothesline project in LeChase Commons presented throughout the week, and then daily events consisting of a Holocaust Survivor Speaker, Hunger Banquet and SafeZone Training everyday leading up to Thursday’s seminar.
For more information, contact the RESTORE program online or use the 24-hour hotline presented below.
Monroe County, NY: (585)-546-2777
Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, Wyoming Counties, NY: 1-800-527-1757
Elsewhere in the US: 1-800-656-4673