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From the Director’s Desk: September is National Campus Safety and Awareness Month

In Advocacy, Education, Prevention on September 2, 2010 at 2:27 pm

This year is the 20th anniversary of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act Month. This month is a time for all of us to reflect on and celebrate our success in addressing challenges that affect the safety of our campus community.

This year’s theme, Coming Together to Strengthen Campus Communities embodies our collaborative efforts with our local campus communities:  The University of Mary Washington and Germanna Community College.   While we often think of campus communities as an enclosed and safe environment, we recognize that no campus is immune from the same crime problems that face the rest of the nation.

  • Nationally, 1 in 4 college women will be sexually assaulted during her academic career
  • 21% to 53% of college students have experienced at least once incident of dating violence
  • 13% of college women had been stalked since the school year began (2000 National College
  • Along with health problems, academic issues, and arrests, 1,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including motor vehicle crashes each year (RAINN.org)

In order to increase awareness about these campus safety challenges in hopes of reducing victimization and creating campus environments that do not tolerate any crimes but which do create a climate of support for those who have been victimized, National Campus Safety Awareness Month was established in 2005 by Security On Campus, Inc., a national nonprofit group dedicated to promoting campus safety.

RCASA is committed to creating a safer and more supportive campus for all campus community members. We offer:  The Red Flag Campaign, Take Back the Night Events, The White Ribbon Campaign and other events.  We collaborate with Student Anti-Violence Educators (SAVE) at local colleges/universities.

We honor National Campus Safety Awareness Month and commit to programs that will raise awareness of crucial safety topics, in addition to raising awareness about rights of crime victims on campus. We commit to partnering with area and national organizations to provide information and support to students surrounding safety issues.  We commit to support victims of crime and holding offenders accountable. We commit to creating an ongoing climate of support for those who have been victimized.

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