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Prevention Program Makes Virtual Switch, Plans to Recognize Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Due to altered conditions caused by the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States, the Coahoma Community College Dating and Domestic Violence Prevention Program will be switching to online activities.

Prevention Program Makes Virtual Switch, Plans to Recognize Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4057 - Melody Dixon

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Tue Mar 31, 2020

Due to altered conditions caused by the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States, the Coahoma Community College Dating and Domestic Violence Prevention Program will be switching to online activities.

To better accommodate students, faculty, and staff, the program plans to continue alerting students with dating and domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking information tailored to college-aged students through the College’s website, its social media platforms, and other mediums. Training with consultants will be moderated online for law enforcement and disciplinary board members.

Sexual Assault Awareness MonthDespite the coronavirus epidemic, the program looks forward to recognizing April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This year marks the 19th anniversary of the April observance. Initially aiming toward awareness, the SAAM purpose expanded by the mid-2000s to include sexual assault prevention in communities, workplace environments, and college campuses. Campaigns have suggested ways to stop the occurrence of such incidents by promoting respect and behavioral changes.

Education on sexual health, consent, or bystander intervention remains an effective approach to assault prevention.

SAAM encourages individuals to learn the skill of consent. Questioning a partner about previous experiences, protection, preferences, and more is crucial.

The College’s prevention program hopes to utilize the Campus Climate Survey to collect the campus community’s opinion of its performance.

The Dating and Domestic Violence Prevention Program is the product of a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice’ Office on Violence Against Women. Staff leading the initiative anticipates continuing its service to the campus community.

For more information on the Dating and Domestic Violence Prevention Program, contact program coordinator Kenneth Gooden at (662) 645-1907, email: kgooden@coahomacc.edu, or contact prevention liaison Renee Hall at (662) 457-6635, email: rsanford@coahomacc.edu.