National Vigil for Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OCTOBER 19, 2017

**MEDIA ADVISORY**

Organizations to Hold National Vigil at US Department of Education to Support Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault 
 
Orgs bring #MeToo to Life at US Department of Education & Around the Country to #SupportSurvivors & #StopBetsy

WASHINGTON D.C. – Thousands of people tweeted and shared their stories using #MeToo this week. Many of these people experienced sexual assault when they were in school. In college, 1 in 5 women, 1 in 16 men, and 1 in 3 LGBTQ folks will experience assault. But instead of taking action to end the sexual assault and violence we read about in #MeToo, Education Sec. Betsy DeVos and others are siding with perpetrators by rolling back protections for survivors of campus sexual assault.

The last few days have shown why it is so important that we support survivors and believe them. This Thursday, October 19th, PAVE: Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment will partner with EROC, Women’s March, It’s On Us, Feminist Majority Foundation, and SurvJustice to host a vigil outside the Department of Education (DOE) in DC to call on the DOE to stop turning back the clock. Sister vigils are happening in 20 cities across the United States.

Angela Rose, Executive Director of PAVE (Promoting Awareness | Victim Empowerment) and leader of the PAVE Hollywood initiative to educate members of the entertainment industry to shatter the silence and prevent sexual violence, will be a featured speaker at the DC vigil. Today, she applauds the efforts of the survivors who have come forward and of the groups speaking up:

“We have fought to bring the epidemic of campus sexual assault out of the shadows. But most survivors are still suffering in silence. We should double down on our efforts — not turn back. There is a strong parallel between what is happening in Hollywood and on college campuses. For far too long, institutions have tried to cover up allegations of sexual assault and silence survivors.

“We applaud all of the survivors who have used their voice to shatter the silence about sexual harassment and abuse. Their courage is changing the culture, and the time is now to continue the dialogue about consent, bystander intervention and how to support survivors. Everyone deserves to feel safe and we support the men and women who are starting this important conversation about abuse of power in institutions. We must continue to support survivors, we have made great strides in the past few years and we cannot go back. Every one has the right to a safe environment to work and learn.”

WHO: PAVE: Promoting Awareness | Victim Empowerment, End Rape on Campus, Women’s March, It’s On Us, Feminist Majority Foundation, SurvJustice

WHAT: National Vigil for Victims of Sexual Assault

WHEN: Thursday, October 19th – 7pm

WHERE: U.S. Department of Education – 400 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024

MEDIA: Please send interview requests to Frank Schembari at frank@javelindc.com or 347-761-9978

Promoting Awareness | Victim Empowerment (PAVE) is a multi-chapter national 501c3 nonprofit that works to prevent sexual assault and heal survivors through social advocacy, education, and victim support. PAVE’s work has appeared on TODAY, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning and many others. www.ShatteringTheSilence.org