City declares April 11 Sexual Assault Awareness Day

City declares April 11 Sexual Assault Awareness Day
LSU campus (Source: WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - LSU held a ceremony Wednesday to celebrate the state legislature's acknowledgment on Sexual Assault Awareness Day.

East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome attended the event, as well as Councilwoman Tara Wicker. The declaration was made after a junior at LSU proposed the idea to lawmakers.

Courtney Reeder said she attended a meeting with student leaders all across the SEC, and that the idea came from them.

"Day in and day out, I work to peer educate other students and put on programs provide resources that are already available on campus, but just make them more accessible," Reeder said.

"Sexual violence affects about one-in-four college-aged women and about one-in-thirteen college-aged men," she added. "With that statistic going into a school as big as LSU, it's kind of my calling to make sure that my peers aren't a part of the statistic."

Reeder says she will continue to help her fellow students understand the resources available to them if they are sexually assaulted.

Later in the evening, Olympic gold medalist and sexual abuse survivor, Aly Raisman, will be speaking at LSU.

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