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Ever since the #MeToo and Times Up movements, aimed towards helping victims of sexual harassment and assault come forward with their stories, the global community has become aware of the magnitude of sexual assault cases. A representative of the Rowan center talked to junior health classes about sexual assault and how to reach out in the case of an emergency.
The Rowan Center empowers victims and survivors of sexual assault to find their own strength and courage. Additionally, they educate community members about societal norms and ways to change this global culture.
“It was interesting to learn about the different signs of perpetrator behavior and what to do when affected,” Erica Fanning ’20 said after the Rowan Center presentation. “I think it is really important for students to know that the Rowan Center is there to support them if they ever need it.”
The Rowan Center has support groups and advocacy programs in place to help those going through traumatic times. Any victim over the age of 14 is able to have 12 free confidential meetings with a crisis counselor in order to move forward.
After an event as traumatic as sexual assault it is crucial that victims get the help they need. According to the Rowan Center, “understanding trauma can help victims, their loved ones and friends, professionals and the broader community make sense of why survivors may act in certain ways.”
Ellie Doran ’19 was also at the presentation and appreciated the information given to the students. “I think every student should hear the Rowan Center’s presentation about sexual assault,” Doran said. “Not only is it important to notice the signs of an abusive relationship, but it is also important to know where to get help.”