Alpha Kappa Lambda starts pledge against sexual assault at ISU

Abby Barten places her handprint on the banner at “These Hands Don’t Hurt,” an event to help raise sexual assault awareness at the Margaret Sloss Center on April 20 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Several ISU students pledged to never hurt anyone with their hands by placing their handprint and signature on the “Promise Wall.”

Morgan Kelly

The wind whipped the handprint covered cloth as students and faculty stopped to dip their hand in paint and add it to the collection of many.

Alpha Kappa Lambda was stationed outside the Margaret Sloss Women’s Center Monday as members promoted their “These Hands Don’t Hurt” campaign. The aim is to end sexual assault and the handprints, along with signatures, symbolize a pledge to help put an end to the violence.

“It’s a way to give back to the community and to educate people about domestic violence and sexual assault. This is not just about men taking a stand, but to help others take that stand as well,” said Joey Bahnsen, the Alpha Kappa Lambda chapter president.

The fraternity sold bracelets, lemonade and cookies for $1 and the proceeds go to the Ames ACCESS shelter.

Brian Fischer, senior in mechanical engineering and member of Alpha Kappa Lambda, said he wants people to stop by, read the pledge Alpha Kappa Lambda wrote and take the pledge by putting their handprint on the banner.

The pledge is formed after Alpha Kappa Lambda’s national headquarters, and the Iowa State chapter does it every year, Fischer said.

“Some people are really supportive of it and others just go through the motions. We are here for support and we take this and the money to ACCESS to show that there is support in the community for them,” said Dante Mautino, freshman in chemistry.

The fraternity places great importance on the meaning behind its philanthropy of ending sexual assault.

“We’ve been brought into the house really focusing on ‘These Hands Don’t Hurt.’ Being a senior, this has really been something close to my heart, morals and beliefs,” said Cory Mongar, senior in marketing and management.

The fraternity will bring the completed banner to the “Take Back the Night” walk on Wednesday to continue to raise awareness for “These Hands Don’t Hurt.”

The fraternity plans to be outside the Women’s Center on Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.