By Vicky Lewis
April is Sexual Assault Awareness month. During this time, survivors, advocates and the community, come together to raise awareness about sexual assault.
Speaking about sexual assault helps survivors share their story, end the stigma surrounding sexual assault victims by increasing awareness and spreads knowledge surrounding sexual assault. Being educated about what to do in a sexual assault situation can save a life.
“Sexual assault at Amarillo College has not been an issue, but students should always be aware of their surroundings when leaving the campus, especially night classes,” LaQuita Morgan, an Education major, said.
According to Morice Jackson, an AC police officer, sexual assault has not been an issue on campus.
“If students need assistance with a sexual assault, Amarillo College has resources available for students,” Jackson said. “The ARC, which stands for Advocacy – Resource Center, is one resource. The ARC provides various social services ranging from food to childcare, clothing pantry and various social services. Counselors are available for victims as well.”
The ARC is located in the Ware Student Commons, room 108, Monday – Friday. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.. The phone number is 806-371-5446.
According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network website, “13% of all students experience rape or sexual assault through physical force, violence, or incapacitation (among all graduate and undergraduate students).”
If you, or someone you know, needs to report a sexual assault, please call 911.
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