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‘Bandana Project’ at LCC aims to raise awareness of sexual violence

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Raising awareness about sexual violence is the goal of the “Bandana Project” at 6:00p tonight (Thursday, April 7) at Purdue University’s Latino Cultural Center.

Co-sponsored by the LCC and Multicultural Efforts to End Sexual Assault, the event is free and open to the public.

Bandana Project on display at Latino Cultural Center

90 percent of farmworker women say that sexual harassment is a major problem and they are forced to use their clothes, including bandanas, to cover their bodies in an attempt to ward off unwanted sexual attention. (Photo by kimbernicoletti via flickr)

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The “Bandana Project” is a nationwide effort founded in 2007 by Esperanza Project, the legal initiative for immigrant women of the Southern Poverty Law Center, to heighten awareness about sexual harassment and sexual assault against immigrant and farmworker women.

Participants in the project decorate and draw on bandanas. The Southern Poverty Law Center says that farmworker women are forced to use their clothes, including bandanas, to cover their bodies while they are working in an attempt to ward off unwanted sexual attention. The bandanas will be decorated to honor the women who have been assaulted and have named their attackers, the center says.

Materials will be provided, and the bandanas will be on display throughout April at the Latino Cultural Center, 600 Russell St.

Refreshments will be provided at the event.

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