Members of Peer Empowerment Program are raising awareness for sexual violence with events leading up to Solidarity with Survivors at Tech on at 7 p.m. April 2 in the UC Multipurpose Room.
Members distributed conversation hearts around Valentine’s Day and handed out pamphlets and stickers at Lasers in Love on Saturday.
Solidarity with Survivors is an open-mic night where all students are welcome to attend and perform.
The first Solidarity with Survivors was Oct. 24, with almost 40 attendees.
Previous acts include poetry readings, rapping, and a comedy routine. Students can sign up at the event or online on Tech’s PEP page.
After the performances, there is a speak out for survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking can share their stories.
“It is so warm, safe, and inclusive. It truly is a judgment-free zone that is focused on people’s strengths and healing,” Jac Ewasyshyn, Project AWAKEN coordinator, said. “Even though the event is difficult since it addresses really hard topics, the environment is restorative.”
This event is around two or three hours, and just one of the events conducted by P.E.P.
“Solidarity with Survivors is my favorite event each semester. The environment is warm and inclusive,” Ewasyshyn said. “It is powerful to see a room of strangers connect over their humanity, struggle, and hope for a better future.”