SELF-DEFENSE SYMPOSIUM EDUCATES AND EMPOWERS

More than 100 people convened at the Spring Creek Campus to learn how to protect themselves and avoid dangerous situations through a self-defense seminar.

The event featured self-defense techniques and presentations, informational tables as well as a sexual assault survivor’s story and advice.

“The students came away feeling more confident about how to prevent assault,” said Sherry Rhodes, chair of the Collin College Committee Against Gender Violence & Oppression and UniteWomen.Org co-advisor. “The seminar also detailed the psychological aspects of assault and how to deal with it, which really enlightened everyone.”

Collin College student Stephanie Henry shared her past experiences of sexual assault and spoke about activism and empowerment. A police officer educated students on avoiding compromising situations.

The seminar was co-sponsored by UniteWomen.org, a student organization at Collin College dedicated to ending inequality for women and advancing the human and civil rights of women and girls, and the Dignity Initiative, a multi-year effort to educate the campus community about five specific elements of violence against women and to empower community members with specific action steps to end the oppression of women.

For more information about the Dignity Initiative, visit www.collin.edu/community/dignity/.

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