Trigger warning: mention of sexual assualt.
On April 14, the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Center held a fundraiser event to support the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN). The fundraiser took place at the Campus Center’s Food Court from 12 to 4pm. The event was also in commemoration of the Sexual Health Awareness Month in April.
Allison Solimene, a Criminal Justice major with a minor in Victimology, anchored the fundraiser along with junior Tessa Siccardi.
Like other fundraisers, the RAINN fundraiser was to raise money to support victims. The goal of the event was to educate people on sexual assault and create awareness.
According to Solimene, at least one woman is sexually assaulted every minute in the United States, and most of these cases are unreported.
Alongside the fundraiser, other events were held like tattooing and several games, where people who played the games won stickers, buttons, lollipops, and surprise packs. To collect funds, fancy keychains and bracelets were sold and about $127 was raised at the fundraiser which is the first of its kind.
All funds generated will be donated to RAINN to support the network and provide assistance to keep the organization running.
The host organizations loved how the Stockton community came to show their support and expressed their gratitude to everyone who stopped by to donate.
For more on the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Center’s Victim Advocacy Center, click here.
For the National Sexual Assault hotline, dial 1-800-656-4673.