Spring Hill College announces “Hill SPEAK,” a new Support, Prevention and Education program that will enhance the efforts of the College’s Sexual Assault Response Team (SART). The program is made possible by a federally funded, three-year grant through the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women Campus Grant. The program’s focus areas are support, prevention, education, advocacy and knowing your rights (SPEAK) when it comes to campus safety and assault prevention.
Emilee Truitt, LMSW, will serve as Program Director of Campus Sexual Assault Prevention. She has assembled an inclusive campus team with members from every department at the College. The team will also work with community partners such as Lifelines Family Counseling Services, Mobile Rape Crisis, Penelope House and the Mobile County District Attorney’s Office.
The grant’s focus is on sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. Planning will coordinate learning opportunities for students, faculty and staff, provide bystander intervention training for incoming students and student organizations and serve as victim advocates.
Truitt said, “I am excited about this grant and the creation of Hill SPEAK. Each of us plays a role in supporting our campus community through these programs.”
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Founded in 1830, Spring Hill College is the oldest Catholic college in the Southeast and the third-oldest Jesuit college in the United States. Spring Hill combines the Jesuit tradition of excellence in education and a commitment to caring for the whole person – mind, body and spirit – with innovative educational experiences. Located in Mobile, Ala., Spring Hill’s mission is to form leaders engaged in learning, faith, justice and service for life. Spring Hill students are engaged, inspired and transformed by their experiences.
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