Hickory – Lenoir-Rhyne University is hosting an open discussion about sexual assault on Thursday, September 15 from 6 until 8 p.m. in P.E. Monroe Auditorium. Students and their families, faculty and staff, as well as community members are invited and encouraged to attend this free and important event.

Several survivors of sexual assault – both women and men – will share their personal stories and how they have coped. “We are grateful to these courageous individuals for their willingness to share their personal experiences in order to help others,” said Jennifer Drum, Licensed Professional Counselor with the Cornerstone Student Support and Wellness Center of Lenoir-Rhyne University.

Also as part of the event, Dawn Barker Floyd, Director of Compliance and Title IX Coordinator, will review the University’s policy regarding sexual assault reporting. Floyd, who joined LRU in January of this year, is responsible for the development and review of policies and procedures and educational programs to optimize the institution’s compliance with Title IX and the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act.

“We hope all of our students and extended community will take advantage of this opportunity,” Floyd said. “Sexual assault remains a serious issue across college and university campuses throughout the country. It is our responsibility to address these issues and educate students about safety and prevention, reporting assaults, legal options, privacy rights, and other supportive measures in place to help students who are victims and survivors of any type of sexual assault.”

Student members of the Suicide, Abuse, and Rape Awareness (S.A.R.A) organization as well as Zeta Phi Beta sorority are helping to coordinate this event.

For more information, contact Jennifer Drum at Jennifer.drum@lr.edu or 828.328.7957.