College Awarded $300,000 Grant to Fight Sexual Assault

by Billy Chandler
Emory & Henry is just one of several colleges receiving a grant to address an important campus issue.

Emory & Henry College has new resources to help students who are victims of sexual assault and domestic assault thanks to a $300,000 grant from the Justice Department’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW).

The college was one of 45 higher education institutions — and only one of two in Virginia — to receive one of 61 grants totaling $25 million. The college will use the nearly $300,000 grant to improve offender accountability, promote victim services and enhance prevention activities to make the campus safer for students.

We can and should do more to address sexual assault on college campuses – starting with a focus on preventing violence before it happens and ensuring that victims get the support they need to come forward and report their assaults.Mark WarnerU.S. Senator, Virginia

The College will hire a full-time project coordinator whose work will include the implementation of mandatory prevention and education training for all incoming students, including first-year and transfer students.

“Currently, Emory & Henry provides prevention training during orientation at the beginning of each academic year, this grant will help us strengthen these efforts,” said Todd Stanley, Director of Counseling Services in the College’s Powell Resource Center.

The grant funding also will help in development of an annual training for employees.

“We are always looking for ways to directly serve our students, and this grant will help Emory & Henry improve readiness and response, as well as work to prevent such incidents from happening on campus,” said Emory & Henry President Jake Schrum.

The grant also provides for the development of lecture and interactive programs on topics including but not limited to mixed signals, common myths about causes of violence against women, benefits of reporting violence against women crimes, internet safety and programs targeted toward men. Programming will be offered during orientation and in residence halls.

As part of this work, Emory & Henry will continue its partnerships with regional leaders in the field including the Bristol Crisis Center and Abuse Alternatives.

Grant Award Recipients

Northwest Arkansas Community College; Scripps College (California); Saint Leo University Inc. (Florida); Columbus State University (Georgia); Georgia College and State University, Georgia; Mercy College of Health Sciences (Iowa); Upper Iowa University; Regents of the University of Idaho; Benedictine University (Illinois); Southern Illinois University Edwardsville; Manchester University (Indiana); Grambling State University Student Counseling WRC (Louisiana); Springfield Technical Community College (Massachusetts); Wheaton College (Massachusetts); Loyola University Maryland Inc.; Prince Georges Community College (Maryland); Siena Heights University (Michigan); Winona State University (Minnesota); The Curators of the University of Missouri (Rolla); Coahoma Community College (Mississippi); Jackson State University (Mississippi); North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University; North Carolina Central University; Doane College (Nebraska); Nebraska Wesleyan University; Saint Anselm College (New Hampshire); Felician University, a New Jersey Nonprofit Corporation; Georgian Court University (New Jersey); College of Mount Saint Vincent (New York) Kent State University (Ohio); The University of Toledo (Ohio); The University of Tulsa (Oklahoma); Western Oregon University; Gettysburg College (Pennsylvania); York College of Pennsylvania; Benedict College (South Carolina); University of South Dakota; Austin College (Texas); Texas Lutheran University; Utah State University; Emory & Henry College (Virginia); University of Mary Washington (Virginia); President and Fellows of Middlebury College (Vermont); Carroll University (Wisconsin); and Fairmont State University (West Virginia).

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