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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Peggy Lorah wants Penn State students to know that men have an important place at the Center for Women Students.
"Although most victims of sexual and relationship violence are female, men also encounter abuse directly and indirectly, and we have always seen male victims at the Center for Women Students," said Lorah, the center's director and a licensed professional counselor.
April has been designated as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Sexual assault is, unfortunately, a rampant issue. According to RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), someone in the United States is sexually assaulted every two minutes.
Approximately two-thirds of these assaults are committed by someone the victim knows. As a community, we need to recognize the devastating effects of sexual abuse. The impact is not just at the time of the event, but also long-term.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State is focused on developing a sustainable professional training program for its employees to recognize and report child abuse. The program will be broken into two phases, one that will begin April 18, in a face-to-face format to meet immediate needs for summer programs and the other, an online interactive training, to be launched in the fall.
“There is an immediate need to train employees who will be responsible for children this summer at numerous camps and summer offerings, so we're quickly moving forward,” said Susan Cromwell, director of Workplace Learning and Performance in the Office of Human Resources at Penn State.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Throughout the month of April, Penn State students will be banding together to raise awareness and funds for the prevention of child sexual abuse. The One Heart Campaign will secure contributions for the Vision of Hope Fund of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR).
“Studies suggest that one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday,” said Dan Rost, a founder of the One Heart Campaign and a sophomore finance and accounting major from Waynesboro, Pa. “This issue has shaken the Penn State community, and I have spoken to so many students who want to take action. Our goal is to build upon the relationship that the University has already established with PCAR and reach out to alumni, corporate partners, and other individuals and groups across the country who believe that Penn State and Penn Staters can make a difference for victims and families.”
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State Police and Public Safety has hired Gabriel Gates to be its new Clery compliance coordinator. Gates, who began his new duties on March 26, will report to Steve Shelow, assistant vice president for Police and Public Safety, in order to provide administrative and advisory support to senior management and the University-wide community.
"Gabe will work collaboratively with various offices at the University to develop, implement and oversee programs that ensure the institution's overall compliance with the Clery Act and associated regulations at all campuses," said Shelow. "He also will work with various University offices to ensure compliance with the provisions of the Sexual Assault Victim's Bill of Rights and Drug Free Schools and Safe Campuses regulations."