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CEDAR FALLS — The University of Northern Iowa fraternity chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon is holding a series of events this week to raise awareness about sexual assault.

The purpose of the fourth annual sexual assault awareness week is to help educate people on how to watch for signs of sexual assault along with prevention methods. Money raised throughout the week will be donated to the Cedar Valley Friends of the Family, a local domestic violence shelter.

Events through the week include:

Noon Monday to noon Tuesday outside Maucker Union, the Sigma Phi Epsilon brothers will ride a see-saw to demonstrate that sexual assault can happen anytime.

6 p.m. Tuesday at the McCollum Science Hall, Vanessa McNeal, a UNI graduate student and survivor of sexual assault, will be releasing her most recent film, “We Are Survivors,” that features the stories of eight other survivors of violence. Following the film, McNeal and other advocates from Student Wellness Services and the Riverview center will hold a panel discussion on ways to support, empower and encourage survivors.

7 p.m. Wednesday, the “Snag a SigEp” date auction will be held in the Maucker Union.

7 p.m. Thursday in the lower level classrooms at Maucker Union, there will be two events. University police officer Andrea Jennings will lead a women’s self-defense class in the State Room. A separate event in the Eye Room facilitated by SigEp brothers called “mentors in violence prevention” will educate attendees on how to be active bystanders and do their part to prevent sexual assault.

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday the Sigma Phi Epsilon brothers will hand out cookies and individual pamphlets to thank individuals who participated in the week while seeking donations for the Cedar Valley Friends of the Family.

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