Delta College and the University of the Pacific have unite together to apply for a grant to address violence against women on both campuses.
“It is intended to provide self defense education community so as to be able to protect themselves in the event of assault,” said David J. Main, director of Police Services & Programs.
A recent study by the National Institute of Justice says that one in four college-aged women report experiences that meet the legal definitions of rape or attempted rape.
One in five college women are raped during their college years.
Both campuses want to implement a program service to reduce the risk of these types of things happening to their students.
If the grant is approved, officers from Delta and Pacific will be given certified training and then be able to instruct interested students and staff.
“Working together is incredibly important as Delta and Pacific are close neighbors, with the majority of transfer students to Pacific coming directly from Delta,” said Corrie Martin, director of the Pacific Women’s Resource Center.
Martin also said that they have not yet heard any word back from the Office of Violence against Women(OVW) since the colleges applied for the grant spring of this year.
She said the colleges expect to hear from the OVW in the next few weeks and hope to start the project this fall.
Dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking are harsh and common occurrences among women on campuses across the country.
In another concerning study by The National Institute of Justice, fewer than five-percent of attempted or completed rapes are reported to law enforcement.
UPCOMING CAMPUS SAFETY MEETING
Campus police will be having a campus safety presentation on Oct. 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Holt 101.