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USD Hosts Music Festival to Spread Awareness for Sexual Assault Victims

1BlueString Music Festival at USD 1BlueString spreads awareness for sexual assault victims. The music festival takes place Sept. 21 3 - 8 p.m.

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The first University of South Dakota music festival, 1BlueString, raises awareness for the one in six men and boys who are sexually abused or assaulted in their lifetimes. The free event takes place Friday, Sept. 21 3 - 8 p.m., on the green space east of Patterson Hall.

“1BlueString is a music festival that spreads awareness that sexual assault does not have a gender – it is about power and control,” said Bridget Diamond-Welch, I CARE director and assistant professor of criminal justice.

The festival features several local artists, including Humbletown, Would You Kindly?, Her Grace, Spleen Diva, Beard, The Bluff Ridge Band, High Howlers and Marcus Destin. Guitarists were asked to replace one of their six strings with a blue string.

“Playing on these strings, guitarists send the message that something beautiful can come out of trauma with community support. Regardless of gender identity, sexuality, race, ethnicity, religion or ability – we are all Yotes. We all deserve love, support and safety,” Diamond-Welch said.

The festival is open to the public and kid-friendly.

1BlueString is sponsored by I CARE, University Housing, the Department of Political Science, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies and the College of Arts & Sciences.

For more information, contact Bridget Diamond-Welch at


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


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