South Arkansas Community College receives grant to fund sexual violence training and prevention

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2018 September 05

Ryan Reagan says safety is not something He usually worries about as he heads to and from class at South Arkansas Community College.  

“It’s pretty nice walking around and not worrying about somebody trying to steal something from you,” he said.

He feels more secure learning that the college just received a $550,000 grant to go toward sexual violence awareness and training. 

He says he feels SouthArk has students’ backs.

“Nobody wants to go to a school where they feel like them and the faculty are on opposite sides, so it’s always good everybody is on the same team. It makes everybody feel more connected like a family.”

The three-year grant offers training in stalking prevention, dating violence, and domestic violence and sexual assault.

“How to prevent it and how to really support victims through the process, how to interview them appropriately in a sensitive manner and to offer them support through the entire process,” said Vanessa Williams, Title XI Director.

Williams says Southark is fortunate to have had very few cases of sexual harassment, and most domestic violence occurred off campus.

Leaders believe it’s important to be proactive.

“We want to get in front of things before they actually happen, and if they do, we want to make sure that we have provided our team with adequate training in reference how to handle circumstances and situations if they arise,” said Dr. Derek Moore, Vice President for Student Services.

Reagan says anything that will help students learn, study and graduate is definitely a plus.

“As long as it benefits other people, I support it,” said Reagan.

He knows it will mean a better quality of life.

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