Sexual assault refers to “a statutory offense that provides that it is a crime to knowingly cause another person to engage in an unwanted sexual act by force or threat”.  (dictionary.com)

Alcohol and/or drugs are often an integral part of college sexual assaults.  Nearly 1 in 4 women will be sexually assaulted during their college careers.  The risk for a male being raped in his lifetime is 1 in 7.  Victims are four times likely to know their abuser.  These are just a few of the facts that will be addressed during an important program being presented at both campuses of Montgomery County Community College.

On October 9 and 11, 2012, the College, in partnership with the Montgomery County Sexual Assault Task Force, will screen “Speak Out and Stand Up”, a 25 minute video about the serious topic of sexual assault that uses diverse student voices and experts in the field.  Dramatized scenes highlight the impact of sexual assault on the victim , as well as the important roles of friends and bystanders.

While not a surefire solution, reducing vulnerability and knowing avoidance strategies are vital in protecting oneself from becoming a victim.  The video addresses these topics and will be followed by a discussion regarding the respective roles of law enforcement, probation, parole and health and victim advocates.  Professionals from each of these resources will take part in the discussion.

Free and open to the public, the program will be offered from 12:45 to 2 PM on Tuesday, October 9  in the Science Center Auditorium (room 213) at the Central Campus in Blue Bell.  On Thursday, October 11, it will be presented from 12:45 to 2 PM in the South Hall Community Room at the West Campus in Pottstown.  For more information call the College’s Office of Public Safety at 215-641-6604 or the College’s Director of Health & Wellness at 215-641-6606.

This program is a collaborative effort between the Montgomery County Adult Probation and Parole Department, Montgomery County Juvenile Probation Department, Pottstown and Whitpain Township Police departments, Victim Services of Montgomery County, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, Resources for Human Development, Magellan Health Services and Montgomery County Community College.

(Alana Mauger also contributed information for this post.)

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