5K Run/Walk with KTRM and WRC
The Truman State University Women’s Resource Center and KTRM Radio are hosting a 5K run/walk to raise awareness for date and acquaintance rape, a problem that is all too common on college campuses.
According to figures provided by the Department of Justice, the size of Truman’s student population could have more than 120 rapes per year. In the three year period between 2009 and 2011, only eight sexual assaults were reported.
Statistics such as these lead KTRM Station Manager Geoffrey Woehlk to think instances of sexual assault, including date and acquaintance rape, are underreported at Truman.
“We all know that’s not true because we all know somebody, and for us to bury our heads in the sand and say, ‘Well, it only happens eight times, we don’t have a problem here,’ is completely counterproductive and against everything Truman stands for,” said Woehlk.
Woehlk said that sometimes minors are too scared to get help for fear of getting charged as a Minor in Possession, insurance concerns and that parents will find out. Additionally, he said there is a heavy emotional burden attached to date rape.
Maegan Rathmann of the WRC cited the stigma surrounding rape as an additional difficulty and said it can be hard for those who have been raped to admit what happened. She said it is important for friends to be supportive so that the person does not have to struggle alone. It can be as simple as going to a counseling session with a friend or suggesting other resources.
In addition to the WRC, local hospitals, UCS, Residence Life, DPS and Victim Support Services are all available to help.
Rathmann says the WRC hopes to use the money to bring a speaker to Truman to discuss issues about consent and to have more resources available to students. All funds raised at the event will go to the WRC to continue awareness efforts, so people will know what to do if this situation happens before it’s too late.
The 5K run/walk will start outside of Barnett Hall at 8:30 a.m on Saturday, April 27. Participants can register now with KTRM or the WRC.