Published by Communications and Public Affairs (519) 824-4120, Ext. 56982 or 53338
February 28, 2005
Pinwheels on Johnston Green to Raise Awareness
About 4,000 colourful pinwheels have been placed on Johnston Green as part of Sexual Assault Free Environment (SAFE) Week Feb. 28 to March 3, a project run out of U of G’s Wellness Centre.
The week-long initiative is intended to raise awareness of sexual assault and the importance of personal safety. The goal of the pinwheel display is to visually illustrate the magnitude of the continuum of sexual assault. Each pinwheel is a statistical representation of undergraduate students who could potentially be affected directly or indirectly by sexual assault. According to Statistics Canada, one out of every four women and one in 10 men will be sexually assaulted in their lifetimes.
Other events scheduled during SAFE Week include workshops on relationships, displays in the University Centre and presentations by the Wellness Education Training Troupe.
The SAFE project is focused primarily on the promotion of respectful relationships in the U of G community. It addresses and educates about the issue of sexual assault through collaborative programming initiatives, workshops and innovative events. For more information, call the Wellness Centre at Ext. 53327.