Published April 7, 2023
BY SAGE MELTON
On Thursday morning, Carmel High School students arrived on campus to see the quad lawn covered with teal flags – 375 to be exact – representing the number of times sexual assault incidents occur nationally in the average school day.
As a sexual assault occurs in the U.S. every 68 seconds, these flags showed the large impact of sexual violence across the nation.
The Our Voices Club led this awareness day in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Pamphlets created by the Monterey County Rape Crisis Center on consent, self-care and how to support victims were also distributed to students, while staff were given larger information packets on these topics and other resources.
To continue spreading awareness across the student body and staff alike, the Our Voices Club will be holding various other events throughout the month. On April 26, students will have the opportunity to show their support by wearing denim on Denim Day, the club will bring back the survivor stairwell to commemorate victims, and there may be a campus march to raise further awareness.