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‘It’s not just an individual problem but it is a community issue’: Sexual assault prevention and advocacy at NDSU

Published: Apr. 6, 2022 at 10:44 PM CDT
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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - Community members held a rally on the campus at the North Dakota State University campus to help bring awareness to sexual assault prevention and advocacy as part of the Take Back the Night event. Despite the rough weather, they held the rally indoors and presented the different resources available for those in need.

“We know that for this age in general sexual assault is really a big problem,” said Megan Talcott, the Sexual Assault Prevention and Advocacy Coordinator at NDSU. “And it’s not just an individual problem but it is a community issue. So we want to make sure the response is a community response.”

According to the Take Back the Night Foundation, one in three women worldwide experience some form of sexual violence or intimate partner violence. While these survivors continue to deal with the emotions and issues that arise from these problems, it is important to have groups and organizations in place to help out.

“No matter what we’re going through, whether that happens to be sexual assault or if it’s mental health, anything along the spectrum of health and well-being,” said Emily Hegg, the Assistant Director of Health Promotion at Student Services at NDSU. “We are here for one another just knowing that you are not alone.”

The resources available also extend outside the NDSU campus, with a plethora of options.

Rape & Abuse Crisis Center: 701-293-7273 (317 8th St. N., Fargo, ND 58102)

National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673

ND CAWS: 701-255-6240

YWCA of Cass Clay: 701-232-3449 (3000 S. University Dr., Fargo, ND 58103)

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