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Red banners raised for sexual assault awareness at IU

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WISH) — A student group at Indiana University is hoping to raise awareness about sexual assault and violence on campus with a new campaign.

The group called ‘Men against Rape and Sexual Assault’ started the banner up campaign this year.

The board of directors was looking for a way to raise awareness on campus, but also responding to an incident at Old Dominion University.

According to reports, a fraternity house off campus displayed banners promoting sexual assault.

Many fraternity houses along Jordan Avenue are showing support with the red banner. The campaign is catching the attention of students on campus.

“It’s just really great to see their support and fighting the stereotype against Greek life,” said Bailey Daniels, IU student.

Josh Shalen is the president of Sigma Alpha Mu.

Shalen told 24-Hour News 8 by phone he knew his chapter had to get involved with the campaign after attending a session last year.

“They ran a session last year that had survivor of sexual assault come in and she told her story and it really really struck me,” said Shalen. “She could have been my sister; she could have been my best friend.”

MARS is made up of more than 230 men. Many of them are part of the Greek life on campus.

The group is hoping that the banner up campaign will encourage students to get involved with the fight against sexual assault.

“It’s all about raising awareness and just people talking about the banners is where it starts and it lays the foundation for us to actually, working towards a working and possible solution,” said Shalen.

MARS also provides learning resources and training for members, like the bystander intervention.

The training will be held next Monday.

Click here to learn more about MARS.

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Shoe art by Kokomo native stolen from northern Indiana museum

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WISH) — A shoe by an Indiana native was stolen Saturday from a northern Indiana art museum.

South Bend Museum of Art is seeking help to find the thief of a shoe from the piece titled “Welcome Knives,” part of an exhibit by Kokomo native Chris Francis that’s traveled to other U.S. museums. His work has been described as wearable architecture.

The shoe disappeared between 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday while the museum was open. The museum staff and city police are reviewing surveillance video from the Century Center to gain a lead. South Bend’s show called “Chris Francis: Modern Bespoke 21st Century Shoe Art” is in the downtown Century Center through April 5.

Francis, who grew up in Kokomo and now lives in Los Angeles, said in a statement that he was “saddened to be informed that someone has chosen to steal the piece ‘Welcome Knives’ from the exhibition. The shoes exhibited are all documented and catalogued works of art that have shown in many museums. Every shoe in the exhibition is one of a kind, with no others in existence making them very different than shoes we find in stores.”

Francis has created shoes for runway shows and for celebrities, including Lady Gaga and the members of Kiss and The Sex Pistols.

His work was displayed late last year on the Purdue University campus.

Anyone with information was asked to call the South Bend Police Department at (574) 235.9201 or contact the South Bend Museum of Art via email at info@southbendart.org, or through the museum’s social media accounts: Facebook, @SouthBendMuseumofArt; Twitter, @southbendart; Instagram, @southbendart.

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