Painted rocks teach awareness, beautify campus

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, an annual campaign to raise awareness about sexual assault and educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence. Inspired by an idea from Michael Starkey, the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator at Davis Monthan Air Base, students in several Sexual Risk Avoidance programs painted rocks. Painting the rocks teal and with inspirational sayings and leaving them on campus served to create awareness among the students about sexual violence. Students at Marana High School, Mt. View High School, Utterback Middle School, Hasan Preparatory Academy and Edge High School painted over 300 rocks in April 2019. During the accompanying lesson, students learned types of consent, and appropriate ways to promote safety, respect, and equality to prevent and stop sexual violence.