Theta Chi hosts fourth annual sexual assault candlelight vigil


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Theta Chi fraternity hosted a sexual assault and domestic violence candle vigil reflection for students and faculty to reflect on the past events that have happened on Iowa State’s campus and to take a stand that certain individuals do not reflect the entire student body.

Tia Snyder

Theta Chi, Pi Beta Phi and Phi Kappa Psi are partnering together to host a candlelight vigil Monday from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. The vigil will honor and raise awareness for victims and survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence.

“We need education on how to be an effective support system. We need to be aware before we can prevent,” said Wyatt Metcalf, vice president of health and safety (VPHS) for Theta Chi. 

The public is welcome to gather on central campus behind the Campanile to gain information about sexual assault on their own campus. The event will start off with three speakers.

Amy Popillion, a human sexuality professor at Iowa State and sexual assault survivor, will discuss the importance of supporting survivors, educate attendees about domestic violence and how the words people say affect survivors.

Bobby Dennis will discuss how community involvement can aid in prevention of sexual assault and domestic violence. Dennis is a representative for Assault Care Center Extending Shelter and Support (ACCESS). Theta Chi has also partnered with ACCESS for the event, where ACCESS will provide an information resource table.

Metcalf said they chose speakers from campus and Ames so the message hits home and on a personal level for attendees. While movements like Time’s Up and #MeToo have had a national impact, people need to remember that domestic violence and sexual assault can happen in Ames, Iowa, too, he said.

After the speeches, candles will be passed around and a moment of silence will pass to honor victims and survivors.