‘Sole’ Survivor Shoe Display to Heighten Awareness of Sexual Assault

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

April 27, 2009 – In observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April, a “Sole” Survivor Shoe Display is planned for Wednesday, April 29, on the lawn of Academic Hall at Southeast Missouri State University.

Shoes will be on display representing the percentage of men and women who have survived sexual assault or attempted sexual assault since their 14th birthday, said Caroline LaVallee with Southeast’s Violence, Information, Counseling, Treatment, Outreach, Rights and You (VICTORY) program.

Along with the shoe display, an expert panel discussion is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 30, in Glenn Auditorium of Dempster Hall. The panel will discuss an incident reported on Feb. 8 in which police responded to a 911 call alleging domestic abuse between singers Chris Brown and Rihanna. Weeks later, rumors of their reconciliation were reported. On March 5, Brown appeared in court, charged with two counts of felony assault. The public is urged to attend the discussion and get tips on how to spot dating violence, what to do when a partner is violent, and how to help friends in violent or unhealthy relationships.

Southeast’s VICTORY program provides education, training and awareness for faculty, staff and students concerning dating violence, sexual assault and stalking.

For more information, or to get involved, contact Caroline LaVallee at (573) 986-6899 or e-mail clavallee@semo.edu.