Sexual Assault Awareness Month & AXO By: Kendall McCarthy
One in four college women will be sexually assaulted during their four years in college and one in three women worldwide will be sexually assaulted during their lifetime. Alpha Chi Omega's national philanthropy, domestic violence awareness, is committed to supporting all women in their fight against abuse, whether or not they are in a relationship. With April being Sexual Assault Awareness Month, we have been proud to be able to participate in events at TCU to raise awareness about this issue until one in three is none in three.
This month our sisters participated in TCU's Take Back the Night event that occurred on April 6th, which honors survivors of sexual assault. We are proud that our VP of Philanthropy, Allyson Joyce, had the opportunity to help share survivors' stories at this event. Allyson has also been holding a commitment-free support group for survivors in our chapter throughout this semester. On April 11th, we had our Real Chic Women Fashion Show to support the Women's Center of Tarrant County. Thanks to generous donations and the purchase of silent auction baskets, we raised over $107,000 for the women's center. We'd like to give a huge shoutout to Fashion Show Chair Emily Fassler, Models & Retailers Chair Izzy Longo, Silent Auction Chair Allyson Joyce, Finance Chair Landry Johnston, & Communications Chair Ellen Brown, for all of their hard work planning and executing this event!
Looking ahead to next week, on April 28th we will be holding a tabling event for Denim Day to help spread awareness on TCU's own campus. Denim Day grew out of a 1998 Italian Supreme Court rape case that overturned a conviction because the survivor had been wearing tight jeans at the time of her assault. The sisters of Alpha Chi Omega are proud to stand against sexual violence in all forms, and we are excited to have opportunities to help educate our peers.