Sexual Assault Awareness Week Begins at Cumberland County College

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“A lot of sexual assaults happen on college campuses, whether it’s a community college or university,” said Essence Henry, a sexual violence prevention specialist for Cumberland County SERV.  "It’s always good to educate the students.”

Spreading awareness is key.

“Awareness is a big part of prevention,” said Kristin DellaVecchia, a student at Cumberland County College.

Staff members with the Cumberland County’s SERV program usually spend one day every year at the college to provide education, support, and information on the topic of sexual assault. but this year, they are trying something different.

“One day was impactful,” said Henry. “And a lot of students were ... inspired to make a change.”

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That one day turned into a full week thanks to input from students with the campus’ Delta Alpha Phi honors society.

Every day this week Cumberland County students have the chance to get educated through different engaging programs going on around campus.

“Sexual assault is obviously something that happens all the time, especially on college campuses, so we just wanted to bring awareness and let people know that they’re not alone; there are resources,” said Felicia Miller, a student at Cumberland County College.

To kick off the Sexual Assault Awareness Week, students at Cumberland County College were asked to complete a scavenger hunt containing questions about the topic, as a way to extend a better understanding on the facts surrounding sexual assault to the participants.

The week includes presentations and discussions, and Monday's topic included changing the stereotypes that might come with sexual assault.

“The one question is ‘Is sexual assault sex?’ said Henry. “Which it’s not. Sexual assault is any act of violence. Whether it’s physical or verbal, it can all be considered sexual assault.”

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