RVAP promotes “Live Free” awareness campaign

The Rape Victim Advocacy Program at the University of Iowa has launched its fall awareness campaign “Live Free: A Life on Campus Free from Violence” now through mid-October.

The campaign involves sharing educational materials on table tents and posters in the UI residence halls, in the Iowa Memorial Union, through sororities and fraternities, and on Cambus, thanks to funding from UI Student Government and the Executive Council of Graduate and Professional Students.

The campaign’s goal is to educate people about the power of bystanders in violence prevention. The campaign also offers suggestions for taking action, speaking out and getting involved to make the campus and community free from interpersonal violence.

Susan Junis, RVAP prevention education coordinator, said sharing this information is crucial because one in four women and one in six men will be sexually assaulted or abused in their lifetime. She added that the beginning of the academic year is an especially important time since many students are separated from their major support systems for the first time, making them more vulnerable. Junis said perpetrators target these students and take advantage of them because of their lack of experience or loneliness.