Briar Cliff University Supports Students Affected by Sexual Assault

During the month of April, Briar Cliff University showed their support for those affected by sexual assault by hosting a variety of events throughout the month. Since the reportings of high instances of sexual assault in the media, the University decided to take stand during Sexual Assault Awareness month. Studies have found that over 50% of female college students have experienced sexual harassment or assault at some point in their lives. Given this statistic it is important that universities show their support for their students.

Events throughout the month were sponsored by the Health and Counseling Center, C.H.O.I.C.E.S., and Catholic Daughters of America. A series of events were hosted including a free self-defense class. During the class, a jiu jitsu instructor, focused on situational awareness and safety techniques as well as moves on how to escape situations and feel confident in their abilities.

To read more about how Briar Cliff honored sexual assault month, visit Briar Cliff news.

St. Edward’s Students Combine Academics with Service

St. Edward’s University emphasizes the connection between service and learning. Many students participate in various services that are closely connected to what they learn inside the classroom across a variety of majors. Recently St. Edward’s has taken time to highlight different work that students have accomplished during their time on campus.

One communications major was prompted on his freshman year to begin work on combating sexual assault. The student explains how he wrote a paper on sexual assault his freshman year which awakened him to startling statistics and laws that make it difficult for those affected to seek help and reparation. Deeply affected by this paper, he proceed to join “It’s On Us”, which is an action week hosted by St. Edward’s that is focused on sexual assault awareness and prevention. This week long event is great way for students to become aware of and then take action through the course of their academic careers as well as their lives, to combat sexual assault.

To read more about how St. Edward’s connects service and learning, visit St. Edward’s news.

Edgewood Colleges receives Grant for Violence Prevention

Congratulations to Edgewood College! Edgewood recently received a grant of nearly $300,000 from the U.S. Department of Justice. The funds “will be used to support ongoing efforts to enhance prevention of, awareness of, and the response to sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking on campus.” The college is partnering with the Rape Crisis Center, Domestic Abuse Intervention Services, UnityPoint Meriter, and the Madison Police Department. Through this partnership the community will create a Coordinated Community Response Team. This group will “enhance mandatory dating violence prevention education for all incoming students; provide training for campus safety officers, hearing officers, faculty and staff;” as well as several other initiatives.

Dr. Scott Flanagan, President of Edgewood College said, “Edgewood College has a long-standing commitment to creating a learning environment free from violence of all types. We are grateful for the support of the Department of Justice and our community partners, and we are excited about the opportunity to advance our work in this important area.”

To read more about the grant received by Edgewood College, view Edgewood news.