Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - firstname.lastname@example.org
CLARKSDALE – According to statistics, roughly 1-in-3, or 35 percent, of females in the United States have experienced dating violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
Coahoma Community College took a stand against these numbers in honor of February’s designation as Teen Dating Violence Awareness month. CCC students, faculty and staff were encouraged to wear orange attire and ribbons to show support.
Organized by CCC’s Division of Enrollment and Student Services Counseling Center, in partnership with the Family Crisis Center of Oxford, MS and the Coahoma County Sheriff’s Department, the event gave more than 200 students the opportunity to receive educational materials and other resources regarding dating violence at a booth stationed in the Zee A. Barron Student Union from 10 a.m. to noon.
According to organizer Renee’ Sanford, CCC coordinator of counseling services, the goal of the event was to not only bring awareness, but also empower students, faculty and staff to discuss this important issue.
“Is it OK if your partner is texting you constantly, always wanting to know where you are, who you’re with, what you’re doing and why you’re not with them? Is it OK to be kicked, hit, slapped even choked?” questioned Sanford. “It’s NOT ok.”
Despite the fact, Sanford said these are incidents that commonly occur in dating relationships.
“These are all things that could be prevented if students are educated on dating violence,” said Sanford. “Hopefully, now our campus has a better understanding of dating violence and how to address and prevent it.”
For questions or more information about dating violence, contact Sanford at (662) 621-4858.
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