The second annual RAINN Day event was celebrated today on the BPCC campus with a presentation from Norma L. Whitaker, a clinical certified domestic violence counselor.
“RAINN, which stands for Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, was established to educate students and raise awareness about sexual violence, cyberstalking, and intimate partner violence on college campuses,” said Dr. Cindy Darby, coordinator for BPCC’s Diversity & Multicultural Relations.
According to a recent report, approximately 19 cases of sexual assault on college campuses across the United States have been documented since the beginning of 2016 and sexual violence is not a state problem, but a national problem throughout college/university campuses.
As the keynote speaker, Whitaker educated attendees about recovery resources, safety, and prevention strategies.
“It is very important to ensure that students are educated and provided resources on and off campus by collaborating with community based organizations that offer counseling, shelter services, transitional housing, or a 24-hour helpline,” she said.
“Everyone can make a difference in someone’s life by listening and observing the warning signs of sexual assault or abusive relationships whether you are a professor, student, friend, family member, clergy, or administrator,” Whitaker added.
To learn about reporting options and resources available or to assist sexual assault survivors in the military, visit www.safehelpline.org or call the helpline 1.877.995.5247 or if in immediate danger, call 911.
For additional information, visit www.rainnday.org.