“Breaking the Silence”: An A cappella Fundraiser – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
The HWS Update

“Breaking the Silence”: An A cappella Fundraiser

As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, three Hobart and William Smith student a cappella groups — Perfect Third, Three Miles Lost, and the Hobartones — will host “Breaking the Silence,” a performance to raise money on behalf of Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes and the HWS Student Hotline Volunteers.

“The main hope for ‘Breaking the Silence’ is to have these three groups come together and ‘break the silence’ surrounding sexual assault through music,” says Sara Winant ’15, a member of Perfect Third, who helped coordinate the event. “Sexual assault is still a topic that many stray away from discussing because it’s considered a private matter, but the silence only perpetuates a harmful stigma. Through this concert we want to shatter that silence and show that we are here to stand in solidarity with sexual assault survivors and their allies. Change happens when the conversation begins and we want to raise our voices to fight back against the silence. Music and performance are both powerful tools for creating community and we want to bring the HWS community together in support of such an important cause.”

“Breaking the Silence” will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 27, in Albright Auditorium. Donations will be accepted at the door.

“We’re thrilled to have these donations go toward the Safe Harbor/HWS Student Hotline Volunteers because so many students and staff members have been working very hard to bring this hotline to campus,” says Winant. “It’s places like Safe Harbors that provide such valuable resources and their help with the hotline has been instrumental, any donations will be helping to continue these supports. There have been other amazing events that have taken place this month like HEAR’s Walk-A-Mile in Her Shoes and MOSAIC New York’s performance, and we’re excited to add our voice to the conversation.”

Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes, Inc. provides services, at no charge, for individuals, children, and families who have experienced sexual assault, sexual abuse, and interpersonal violence in Ontario, Seneca, and Yates Counties. Offering individual counseling, support groups, legal accompaniment, and personal advocacy with referrals to other local agencies, Safe Harbors provides primary prevention services in schools, professional agencies, and in Finger Lakes communities.

Officially proclaimed Sexual Assault Awareness Month in 2010 by President Barack Obama, April has been observed since the 1990s as a time to raise awareness about sexual violence and how to prevent it. Since 2001, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center has provided resources to help individuals and organizations plan SAAM activities in their communities and play a role in prevention throughout the year. Each year, the NSVRC chooses a campaign theme and supports SAAM organizers and participants with resources, tools and customized help. SAAM materials can be used to educate, plan activities and support local campaigns. Learn more about the history of SAAM and how to get involved.