Presentations will be held Monday, Oct. 20, and Tuesday, Oct. 21, at Mid Michigan Community College to increase awareness of domestic violence.
The program, “Creating Safe Places: Understanding the Dynamics of Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence,” will be presented on campus by Women’s Aid, Inc. as part of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The presentations will take place 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday at the Mt. Pleasant campus, Doan Room 124. The same program will be repeated Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the Harrison campus, Room 264. Discussions will follow both programs.
“MMCC is committed to raising awareness of domestic violence, and as part of that, is hosting the presentation,” said Ryan Harkrader, MMCC Retention Advisor, in an email announcing the sessions.
He noted that many people are unaware of just how large of a problem domestic violence is in the nation, but said many people are touched by it. “For instance, one in four women (25%) has experienced domestic violence in her lifetime. Nearly three out of four (74%) Americans personally know someone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence,” Harkrader said.
He also noted that when young women get to college, nearly 20% of them will be victims of attempted or actual sexual assault.
“However, women are not the only victims,” he said. “Undergraduate men compose almost 6% of the sexual assault victims. Still, most men are not perpetrators and when men are empowered to step in when someone is in trouble, they become an important part of the solution.”
Harkrader encouraged both students and faculty to support the educational programs and join the discussions.