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Safety Week Observed Sept 8-11 at Appalachian

BOONE—Safety Week is Sept. 8-11 at Appalachian State University.

With the theme “ASU: A Safe University,” activities will focus on measures individuals can take to help ensure their personal safety on campus and in the community.

Activities include “Shots Fired” training, which portrays actions to take if an armed person is reported on campus; RAD (Rape Aggressive Defense) Training, a safety course for women that includes basic self-defense instruction and includes information about prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance; and an opportunity to tour the N.C. Highway Patrol’s Breath Alcohol Testing Mobile Unit, known as the BAT Mobile.

Also planned is suicide prevention training and the presentation “Sex and a Six Pack,” a play about the consequences of alcohol abuse and date rape.

Tables in Plemmons Student Union from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. throughout the week will have information about Appalachian’s campus emergency alert system called AppState Alert, H1N1 flu prevention, alcohol use and abuse, the dangers of sleep deprivation, and other topics related to personal safety.

A complete schedule of activities is online at www.today.appstate.edu/safetyweek.

In addition, the 20th annual Walk for Awareness will be held Sept. 8 at 9 p.m. beginning on Sanford Mall. This year’s theme is Twenty Years of Walking Together. Leigh Cooper Wallace is the keynote speaker for the event.

Wallace was one of two young women kidnapped at gunpoint and sexually assaulted by a Watauga County resident in 1989, and the only one to survive the ordeal. Wallace escaped from her captor and provided information that led to his arrest and subsequent imprisonment. The assailant later died in prison. Wallace’s story was featured on an Oxygen cable television program “Captured.”

Other speakers are students Cameron McElhany, a senior psychology/human services major and a member of Kappa Delta Sorority, Corrine Oberlin, a senior psychology major and president of Peer Educators, Madeline Ransom, a senior health promotion major and president of Delta Zeta Sorority, and Joshua Jackson, a senior health promotions major and member of the football team.

Prior to the walk, the video “Why Walk? – A Survivor’s Story” will be shown beginning at 8 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Blue Ridge Ballroom. The video is based on a segment from the Oxygen Channel’s “Captured” program.

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