April 24, 2018

Students plant red flags to raise awareness of sexual assault

More than 20 students from UW-Superior's Legal Studies 115 Law and Human Behavior class planted 3,000 red flags on campus. Red flags represent the efforts to raise awareness of sexual assault.

More than 20 students from UW-Superior's Legal Studies 115 Law and Human Behavior class planted 3,000 red flags on campus. Red flags represent the efforts to raise awareness of sexual assault.

Students in the Legal Studies program planted 3,000 red flags to raise awareness of sexual assault

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and the University of Wisconsin-Superior is engaging in the active effort to education the campus about the risks of sexual assault. 

In 2016, the Department of Justice released a study showing that as many as 1-in-4 women in college will experience sexual assault. The Legal Studies115 Law and Human Behavior class has been engaged in an Academic Service-Learning project during Spring Semester 2018 to learn more about this cutting edge reality. The project is done in collaboration with CASDA (Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse) in Superior.

On Tuesday, April 24, more than 20 students planted 3,000 red flags on campus. Red flags represent the efforts to raise awareness of sexual assault.  

The Legal Studies and Criminal Justice program co-sponsors this event as well as Pre-Law Society and a number of other student organizations related to law and justice. LSTU 115 students will be sharing educational posters on “helping hands” organizations in the region that support survivors of sexual assault. The public is invited to this evening of speakers, panels and art under the theme “Embrace Your Voice.”  

Dr. Maria Stalzer Wyant Cuzzo is the instructor that coordinates the Academic Service-Learning event.

“AS-L learning is hands-on, engaged activity that brings the real world to life for students," said Cuzzo. "This semester, the students have received training on being an active bystander to prevent sexual assault situations, viewed the film 'The Hunting Ground,' researched and prepared educational one-topic posters, planted red flags and engaged with the challenging topic of sexual assault. This is the kind of learning that changes students and opens their minds to real world challenges and topics. It is the best kind of teaching and learning.” 

The Center for Community Engaged Learning (CCEL) supports these AS-L projects.

“It is a honor to be in a long-term partnership with CASDA to raise awareness about both domestic violence and sexual assault – two realities that we need to end,” said Cuzzo.

More than 20 students from UW-Superior's Legal Studies 115 Law and Human Behavior class planted 3,000 red flags on campus. Red flags represent the efforts to raise awareness of sexual assault.

More than 20 students from UW-Superior's Legal Studies 115 Law and Human Behavior class planted 3,000 red flags on campus. Red flags represent the efforts to raise awareness of sexual assault.

The Legal Studies and Criminal Justice program is a quality pre-professional program with a strong foundation in the liberal arts. One of its main objectives is to create powerful community partnerships throughout the region with law and justice professionals to provide quality real world learning experiences for its majors.

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