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MHCC Students and Public Safety Invite Community to Forum on Domestic Abuse “What Are You Doing To Help Prevent Domestic Abuse?” This is the title of a communication that went out recently to every employee at Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) and the question also appears in the graphic that accompanies this article. Embedded within this thought-provoking title comes an even more thought-provoking cause. Although it might go largely unreported, the reality is that domestic violence is a serious issue that sweeps across our local community, our whole country and just about every nation in our world. It is truly a global epidemic. The Associated Student Government (ASG) of MHCC recognizes the urgency of spreading awareness about domestic violence and is committed to helping combat this, oftentimes, “silent crime” that lives within the privacy of the home. ASG has partnered with the MHCC Public Safety department to create an event that is guaranteed to inform, educate and reach out to everyone in the community. First up, on Oct. 16 speaker Karina Rutova from the Gateway Domestic Violence Center will present information on: • What is a healthy relationship and what are the warning signs of abusive behaviors? • What are the definitions of stalking, domestic violence, dating violence and sexual assault?
• What is the definition of consent in reference to sexual activity? • What are the connections between alcohol, date rape and date rape drugs? • What should you do if a friend or a loved one is in an abusive relationship? • What is a safe and positive bystander intervention? • How do you get a restraining order or a stalking order? • What should you do if you are a victim? • What should you expect when making a police report? A heightened awareness of this subject, along with a clear understanding of the resources available, is of great benefit to our community. If we all work together, we can help stamp out the fires of abuse that hurt homes and shatter lives. – By Jonathan Albi, ASG Director of Public Safety and Campus Sustainability
Domestic Violence Awareness Noon- 1 p.m., Wed., Oct. 16
MHCC Gresham Campus, Town & Gown, Room AC2000