U of I to Hold Campus Safety, Suicide Awareness Events
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U of I to Hold Campus Safety, Suicide Awareness Events

News Release | University of Idaho

MOSCOW, Idaho — Sept. 9, 2020 — The University of Idaho invites the community to participate in suicide and campus safety awareness events that promote a welcoming and comfortable environment that will carry through the academic year.

The fourth annual We Got Your Back 5K for Suicide Awareness will be Saturday, Sept. 12. The run/walk will support suicide awareness and bystander intervention as part of Katy Benoit Campus Safety Awareness Month.

Participants have the option of a 5-kilometer (3.1 miles) run or 2-kilometer (1.3 miles) walk around campus starting and ending at the Student Rec Center, 1000 Paradise Creek St.

Virtual and in-person options are available. The in-person event will have a staggered start at 10 a.m. for social distancing. Face coverings are required. Participants will receive an email with their starting time after registration closes. On the virtual option, you can run or walk your own route and at your own pace and time through Sept. 12.

Registration — which is $7 for students and $10 for others and includes a T-shirt — runs through Thursday, Sept. 10 at http://www.uidaho.edu/5k. Registration without a T-shirt for both students and non-students is free.

The event is a partnership between the U of I Counseling and Testing Center, Sigma Nu, Recreation and Wellbeing, Vandal Health Education and Tri-State Outfitters.

In another activity, the U of I Women’s Center will partner with Violence Prevention Programs and other campus entities on Thursday, Sept. 17, for Take Back the Night to spread awareness of interpersonal violence on campus and to show support for those affected by it.

Tai Simpson of the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence will speak virtually at 7 p.m. Sept. 17. Join via Zoom at www.uidaho.edu/tbtn. An in-person, socially distant vigil will follow at 7:50 p.m. on the Theophilus Tower Lawn. Face coverings are required. The activities are free and open to all.

Honoring the legacy of Katy Benoit, a former student and victim of interpersonal violence, U of I last year renamed the month of September Katy Benoit Campus Safety Awareness Month.

“Our university’s vibrant Moscow campus, connection to downtown and small-town feel provide an incredible setting in which to live,” said Blaine Eckles, dean of students. “The safety we normally feel is the result of hard work and dedication. It is our responsibility at the University of Idaho to provide a safe place to study, learn, work, teach, research and to be an engaged part of the Vandal Family.”

The idea for Take Back the Night originated at the International Tribunal on Crimes against Women in March 1976 in Brussels, Belgium. Two-thousand women representing 40 countries attended the event and organized a candlelight procession through the streets of Brussels to protest sexual assault and domestic violence. Since then, the movement has spread across the world and become internationally known as a visible, community-based way to take a stand against sexual violence and other forms of discriminatory violence.

Contact the Women’s Center at (208) 885-2777 or wcenter@uidaho.edu for more information about Take back the Night.

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