Sexual Assault Awareness Week events

TRAVERSE CITY — As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, NMC’s Office of Student Life will host four on-campus events the week of April 8–11.

The events aim to educate students how to prevent sexual violence and advocate for those who have been impacted by providing connections to resources, dialogue and information. These events will also offer an opportunity for students to learn about topics such as consent, healthy relationships and dating.

“Our fourth annual Take Back the Night event, along with some exciting new events this year, will make for a powerful week of education and advocacy,” said Lisa Thomas, NMC Dean of Students. “Please join us in standing against sexual assault and empowering our students and community alike in being a safe and respectful place for all.”

Monday, April 8: Nacho Macho Man. East Hall Basement, 6 p.m.
Nachos and a discussion about men’s perspectives in the #MeToo movement. NMC staff Marcus Bennett, Paul Kolak, Steve Dixon and Scott Herzberg will lead this conversation with students.

Tuesday, April 9: Take Back The Night march and rally. Hagerty Center, 5 p.m.
Open to the community, NMC’s fourth Take Back the Night event focuses on ending sexual, relationship, and domestic violence in all forms. Participants will march through downtown Traverse City, followed by a speak-out designed to empower survivors and advocates, and provide connections to community resources.

Wednesday, April 10: Can I Kiss You? Milliken Auditorium, 6:30 p.m.
Communication is key in all relationships. Speaker Mike Domitrz presents a powerful program through honest discussion and humor that teaches how to ask for what you want — without playing any of the games. Free and open to the community and to high school students ages 16 and up. This event is sponsored through the Michigan DHHS Campus Sexual Assault Grant Program.

Thursday, April 11: Solace & Solidarity: Supporting Survivors of Sexual Violence. Milliken Auditorium, 6 p.m.
Emily Sioma, Miss Michigan 2018 – A courageous and outspoken survivor of campus sexual assault will share her story and journey to healing. A short Q&A Panel discussion will follow. The ticketed event is a benefit for the Women’s Resource Center for the Grand Traverse Area. The first 50 tickets for NMC students are free. Tickets available at

Release date: March 18, 2019

For more information:

Shannon Friedgen
NMC Office of Student Life
(231) 995-1118


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