UW to Host “NO MORE” Game Saturday To Raise Sexual Assault Awareness
The University of Wyoming Athletics Department announced Tuesday that it will dedicate its football game against Fresno State this Saturday, No. 18 as a “NO MORE” game.
The game will raise awareness for the national campaign “NO MORE, Together We Can End Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.”
The UW Athletics Department is teaming up with the Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault and the Wyoming Division of Victim Services to designate the No More game. UW campus groups “Stop Violence” and “Voices of Courage” are also partnering on the event. They will have information tables at the east side of the stadium at Gate 4 to answer questions and provide additional information to fans at the game. The WCADVSA will have an information table set up in the Pepsi Pregame Zone inside the Indoor Practice Facility before the game.
On the schedule for the No More game include a number of videos, one featuring UW President Laurie Nichols and nationally-recognized speaker Brenda Tracy, who shared her story of being a rape survivor with many university athletics departments. The videos will play during the first media timeout in the first quarter on the War Memorial Stadium video board.
Senior Associate Athletic Director for Internal Operations Phil Wille said this isn't the first time the UW Athletics Department has had Tracy come to campus to speak. Wille said Tracy came to campus and spoke to student athletes last year.
"It was incredibly impactful," Wille said.
Tracy partners with NO MORE and UW Athletics looked to see what other ways they could partner with Tracy and the awareness campaign. UW Athletics dedicated a basketball game to NO MORE last spring and Wille said they are looking to partner with UW campus groups do more events such as these.
"This is important enough of a message that we are looking to do this annually," Wille said.
The No More game comes after the UW Police Department alerted the UW community on Sunday that it had received a report that a sexual assault had occurred in the East Stadium Parking lot on Friday.
The university sent out an email notifying the UW community, saying “Anyone can be sexually assaulted, and there are no sure means to prevent sexual assault, because the only people who can prevent sexual assault are those who perpetrate it.”
The email went on to provide steps students can take to reduce their risk of being a victim of sexual assault and also outlined the definition of consent as well as situations and behaviors were consent cannot be or is not communicated.
The No More game is one just one of a number of initiatives being introduced at UW to prevent sexual assault.