A Σ Φ presents The Consent Games

Tea Wheat, Courier Staff

Alpha Sigma Phi is the newest fraternity on campus and it has already made a positive impact on the Western community. The fraternity has their first philanthropy event on campus coming up this week, which is in support of RAINN (the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network).

The events placement is not by coincidence; April is sexual assault awareness month and Alpha Sigma Phi is avid about the importance of discussing this subject.

“As a fraternity we have a zero-tolerance policy towards any form of sexual misconduct, as it should be,” Jason Adams, the social chair of Alpha Sigma Phi said. Alpha Sigma Phi’s passion to end sexual assaults and sexual misconduct on campus is an integral part of why the members of the organization decided to create The Consent Games.

The Consent Games will be a competition between teams, with the ultimate goals of raising money for their philanthropy RAINN and educating the community of Western Illinois University on consent and sexual assault. While this is a difficult topic for many to discuss, the fraternity is taking all precautions necessary to ensure that the event will be not only fun and competitive, but also a place where participants and spectators feel comfortable discussing and learning about this topic.

The Consent Games will be comprised of three events, which will cover the topics of sexual assault and consent. These events will test participants’ knowledge of the subject and will educate through both hands-on and indirect activities.

The Consent Games will be held in the Multicultural Center at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 26. Registration will take place the day of the event and teams of four can participate. The cost to participate is $5 per team member and all proceeds go to RAINN. RAINN is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. In addition to the registration fee to participate in the event, Alpha Sigma Phi is also accepting donations.

“In light of recent media attention on both Greek Life and sexual assault in this country, sexual assault has become too important of a topic to ignore,” Adams said. “It needs to be addressed, and as an organization we hope that The Consent Games will begin to start this vital conversation here at Western Illinois University.”