Say 'no more' to sexual violence
Many parents have just sent their young adults back to college, expecting them to have a safe environment in which to learn. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. One of every five women and one in 14 men in college are victims of sexual assault.
Locally, the Blackburn Center has been working closely with our colleges and universities to prevent sexual violence. This work was recently bolstered through the efforts of several Westmoreland County college presidents. Mary Finger of Seton Hill University, Sharon Smith of the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, Tuesday Stanley of Westmoreland County Community College and Brother Norman Hipps of Saint Vincent College are featured in a video series that includes leaders from 13 universities in our region talking about their commitment to safety and to hearing and supporting victims of sexual assault ( southwestpasaysnomore.org/university-presidents ).
Sexual violence on campuses is a serious problem, a violation of human dignity and against the law. I am proud to live in a community in which our educational leaders have made such a sincere commitment to those impacted and to preventing further occurrence.
Bobbi Watt Geer
The writer is regional vice president of the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania (uwswpa.org).