On a hot and sunny September afternoon in DC, a fraternity at American University hosted a fundraising event to raise awareness around rape culture and contribute support and partnership in the fight against campus sexual assault. Reflecting recent initiatives taken by 7 other fraternities nationwide, Lambda Chi Alpha invited PARC to speak and participate in the day's event which rallied a raucous crowd of fellow fraternity and sorority members to carve, roll, toss, and eventually slip-n-slide in a whole lotta watermelon. All totaled, the day raised $1500 for PARC, and immeasurable fun and community building as we spent the afternoon connecting with young and engaged college students who are taking seriously the call to all of us to fight rape and sexual assault on campus. College campuses are a hotbed of sexual assault, and the more students join together as peers and allies to create cultures of respect and consent the further we come in our efforts to dismantle rape cultures and encourage healthy relationships and lives. A huge thank you to the event coordinators, and to all who came out to participate!
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