Sexual Assault Is No Laughing Matter

SIMPSON – We at the Acorn are taking a break from satire today to help raise awareness about a serious issue, not only here at Simpson, but in college communities all over the country.

Around campus today you’ll have seen folks wearing bright, yellow shirts with the phrase “I support the 22%” emblazoned on the front. These eye-catching shirts are the product of a sexual assault awareness campaign conducted by Simpson’s Sexual Assault Response Advocates (SARA).

The number 22 is important because it represents the percentage of students at Simpson that report having been sexually assaulted at some point. This number was reached as the result of a survey conducted by SARA last spring that had over 400 respondents.

Today, 22% of campus is wearing the eye-wateringly bright neon yellow shirts in support of the 22% of the student body that has been affected by sexual assault. We at the Acorn stand with and support these unknown victims, not just because they’re our fellow students, but because they’re fellow human beings.

For too long sexual assault has been an issue relegated to the shadows and we stand with SARA and other groups in working to bring it under the light of public discourse. Sexual assault doesn’t just affect individuals, it affects the community, and we all have a role to play in bringing it to an end.

Tomorrow we’ll return to bringing you the light-hearted and nutty news that you’ve come to expect from The Acorn, but unfortunately the problems with sexual assault won’t change overnight.

Loyal readers, we ask that you take some time to educate yourselves about sexual assault, that you take a proactive stance in curbing instances of sexual assault and most importantly, that you show your public support for those that have been sexually assaulted.

We are the Acorn and we support the 22%.

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