Someone is sexually assaulted every two minutes in the United States, according to the Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Bossier Parish Community College is teaming up with local community advocates to host the “Day of Action” ceremony to kick-off the month-long observation.

The event is set to take place at 10:45 am Tuesday, April 5 in the Quad on BPCC’s campus located at 6222 E Texas Street, Bossier City.

This year’s theme is “Prevention is Possible” and emphasizes how communities can come together to reduce the risk of sexual violence through efforts that promote respect, equality, and accountability.  A joint proclamation declaring April 5 as the “Day of Action” has been issued from both the Shreveport and Bossier City Mayor’s offices.

BPCC Vice Chancellor of Student Services Karen Recchia says Sexual Assault Awareness Month is an important time to recognize victims of sexual assault and to learn more about how we can come together as a community to prevent future assaults.

“BPCC is proud to serve as a host site for the “Day of Action” ceremony,” says Recchia. “Offering ways to participate and engage in social issues helps to educate students, faculty, and staff on resources available to them such as preventative education and victims’ services.”

Students, faculty, and staff along with elected officials and sexual assault survivors will be in attendance to pledge their support and to be a voice for sexual assault victims and prevention.  Representatives from Project Celebration’s Sexual Assault Center will also be on campus this day to educate students and share resources for sexual assault victims.

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