Umbrellas decorated by classes and student clubs/organizations in the RAINN Day theme.
Umbrellas decorated by classes and student clubs/organizations in the RAINN Day theme.
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RAINN Day events raise awareness of sexual violence

Penn State Harrisburg will hold several events as a part of RAINN Day, an annual campaign sponsored by the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) to raise awareness and fight against sexual violence on college campuses. 

Penn State Harrisburg events include:

Sept. 26, noon to 1:15 p.m., Olmsted Building Gallery Lounge – The Bystander Role

What is your role as a bystander in preventing sexual violence? Do you feel scared, alone, and afraid to say or do something in the face of violence? The bystander intervention approach recognizes that saying or doing something is not necessarily a single event by a single hero. Instead, in many situations there are a variety of opportunities and numerous people who can choose to intervene. The bystander approach offers the chance to build communities and a society that does not allow sexual violence. It gives everyone a specific role in preventing the community's problem of sexual violence.  Lunch will be provided.

Sept. 26, 6 to 8 p.m., Rooms 219 & 219A, Capital Union Building (CUB) – S.A.F.E., Self-Defense for Women

S.A.F.E. is an initiative to stop violence against teenage and adult women. It is an acronym for Self-defense Awareness & Familiarization Exchange and is an educational awareness and crime-victim prevention program – encompassing strategies, techniques, options, and prevention. It provides teenage and adult women with information that may reduce their risk of exposure to violence and introduces them to the physical aspects of self-defense.  Refreshments will be provided.  This event is open to females only.

Participants can pre-register for the event by signing up on the First Year Seminar (FYS) program list or by contacting Jennifer Allshouse at or Toni Chainey at  Pre-registration is preferred but not required.

Both programs are a part of the FYS program list.   

Students are also invited to take the “Hand Pledge” in which they sign their name to a hand that states, “I pledge that I am against Sexual Violence.”  The hands will be hung throughout campus.

RAINN: The nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization.  Each year, RAINN Day reaches over 1,000,000 students in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and Canada with information on how to reduce the risk of sexual violence and what to do if they or a friend have been assaulted.  For more information on RAINN and RAINN Day, visit