Sexual Assault Awareness Events

Week of April 26th, 2021

Live Awareness Workshops

Counseling Services peer educators will be providing 30 minute workshops on various topics surrounding sexual assault awareness. These workshops aim towards education, prevention, and stigma reduction.

Swag items will be given to all students who attend and participate!

The workshops will be provided via Google Meet. You must register (see below). A Google Meet invite will be sent to you, 30 minutes prior to start of the workshop.

If you are interested in attending, please complete the registration form for the topic of your choosing below. The cut-off time to register is 30 minutes prior to it's start.

Online Live Workshops

Supporting LGBTQ+ Survivors

Monday, 4/26 at 5:00pm CST

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), lesbian, gay and bisexual people experience sexual violence at similar or higher rates than heterosexuals.

For LGBTQ+ survivors of sexual assault, their identities – and the discrimination they face surrounding those identities – often make them hesitant to seek help from police, hospitals, shelters or rape crisis centers, the very resources that are supposed to help them.

Supporting International Student Survivors

Tuesday, 4/27 at 5:00pm CST

International students are an at risk group when it comes to sexual assault for a variety of reasons.

  • Vulnerability due to inexperience with culture

  • Language and/or cultural barriers

  • Fear of prejudice and discrimination

  • Pressures of performing well academically

Countries and cultures around the world have varying standards to determine what is unacceptable or criminal sexual behavior, so it is important to know the rules in the United States - and it all starts with consent.

Supporting Survivors of Color

Tuesday, 4/27 at 6:00pm CST

The experiences of survivors of color often get dismissed or invalidated. In order to prevent sexual violence, all voices need to be heard, addressed, and validated.

There has been a long history of sexual violence toward individuals of colors. Many statistics of sexual assault often excludes individuals of color; while 80% of rapes are reported by white womxn, womxn of color are more likely to be assaulted more than white womxn.

Supporting a Friend or Loved One

Tuesday, 4/27 at 8:00pm CST

Every 73 seconds, someone is sexually assaulted in the U.S.

This means that even if you haven’t personally had an experience with sexual violence, it’s likely that you know someone who has.

Talking about sexual assault can be difficult. For many survivors, the reaction of the first person they disclose to, often a friend or family member, can have a huge effect on their healing process.

Bystander Intervention

Thursday, 4/29 at 6:00pm CST

Being an active bystander is something that everyone can do in a variety of ways. The core way to be an active bystander is to notice the situation, interpret it as a problem, feel responsible to act, know what to do, and then intervene safely.

Seeing yourself as a part of the solution can help end domestic violence and sexual assault.


Talk About It Tuesday on Instagram Live

Tuesday, April 27 at 7:00pm CST

Online @KnoxDareToCare.

Join the Dare to Care peer educators for our weekly Instagram Live.

Spring term’s theme is ‘Reframing Bystander Intervention: A Continuum of Action’ and this week we will be looking at responding to sexual harassment, including street harassment, microaggressions, in the workplace, etc.

Workshop Wednesday: #Know Your Worth Showcase

Wednesday, 4/28 - Trustees Room (302), Alumni Hall

6:00pm CST

The first half of this capstone event will showcase submissions from Knox students (with permission) collected during #KnowYourWorth week. Entrees will be on display and entrants will be invited to personally share their work. In-person.

7:00pm CST

The second half of this capstone event will feature keynote speaker Monica Prince '12 reading from her original works. Monica will take questions from the audience and at the conclusion of the program, we will give away 12 signed copies of Monica’s book. In-person and virtual.

TBTN - Thursday, April 27th

Show your support and attend the virtual Take Back the Night event! There will be speakers, poetry, and healing activities as part of this powerful web-event.

*Times listed are Central Standard Time*

  • 6:50PM: Acoustic Guitar Interlude
  • 7:00PM: Welcome
  • 7:05PM: Grounding
  • 7:08PM: Inclusivity & History of TBTN
  • 7:13PM: Survivor Stories
  • 7:17PM: Vision for Young Men in the Work to End Sexual Violence
  • 7:22PM: Thoughts on Gender Identity & Male Survivors
  • 7:28PM: Original Poetry Reading
  • 7:33PM: Justice for Survivors & TBTN Justice Hotline
  • 7:38PM: Men’s Involvement
  • 7:43PM: Survivor Stories
  • 7:46PM: Poetry Reading
  • 7:50PM: Closing Grounding
  • 7:56PM: Conclusion
  • 8:00PM: Acoustic Guitar Interlude

Take Back the Night - GLOBAL Live Virtual Event

Thursday, April 29th, 7-8pm

This is an online event.

**Time is Central Standard Time (CST)**

Local Resources

Safe Harbor - Galesburg IL

1188 West Main St., Galesburg IL. 309-343-SAFE (7233)

Victim Services - WIRC

Hotline: 309-837-5555

National Resources

National Sexual Assault Hotline - RAINN

Hotline: 800-656-HOPE (4673)

National Domestic Violence Hotline

Hotline: 800-799-SAFE (7233)

Knox College Counseling Services Resources

Counseling Services

To inquire about an appointment, or for any questions or concerns, please contact the office by calling 309-341-7492 or sending an email to

Current Staff:

Janell McGruder – Asst. Dean for Student Wellness/Director

Megan McGruder – Asst. Director, Counselor, Outreach

Vicki Swedlund – Administrative Assistant

Dr. Phyllis Mogielski-Watson – Counselor

Rhonda Nelson – Counselor

Erica Taylor – Counselor

Gia Washington – Counselor

Crystal Williams – Counselor