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SU Awarded Grant for Domestic Violence Education

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SALISBURY, Md. - Salisbury University has received a $5,000 grant from the Avon Foundation for Women through its Speak Out Against Domestic Violence initiative.

The money will be used to fund the Campus Against Violence program, which seeks to educate bystanders on their role in reducing sexual assault, dating abuse and stalking. This is the first year Avon has given money to SU.

The grant is one of 30 Avon campus grants totaling $150,000 that awarded to colleges to expand their programs focused on preventing dating abuse and violence, sexual assault and stalking and promoting healthy relationships.

According to Avon, women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rates of dating violence, sexual assault and stalking.

It is within the past 20 years or so, since the passing of the Clery Act in 1990, that college administrators began to crack down on incidences of gender violence.

In April of this year, the White House issued Not Alone: The First Report of the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault, highlighting measures schools must take to protect students from sexual assault and violence.

The Avon Foundation partnered with Futures Without Violence to develop “Guidelines for Preventing and Responding to Gender-Based Violence in Higher Education.” These guidelines highlight best practices for creating and promoting a campus norm of interpersonal respect and non-violent relationships.

“We are proud that the Avon Foundation for Women shares our mission and have chosen to support our program, “ said Dr. Chrys Egan, the grant's principal investigator. “With these funds we will be able to provide ‘Every Choice' online training for student groups including Campus Against Violence, SU Athletics, Greek organizations and Residence Life staff. This training will also be beneficial for programs planned for Relationship Violence Awareness Month in October, Stalking Awareness Month in February, Women's History Month in March and our annual ‘Take Back the Night' event in April.”

The Avon Foundation for Women launched Speak Out Against Domestic Violence in 2004.

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