This semester, the HOPE Center has a new location! Many may remember that last academic year the HOPE Center was located at East Campus; this year the HOPE Center has moved to Russell Hall, Lower Level, Rooms 10, 12, and 14. Hours of operation are 10 AM to 3 PM, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, and 9 AM to 3 PM on Thursday.
The HOPE Center is a safe place where the LHU community can learn about sexual assault and domestic violence and find out about resources available to them on campus and in the community. Statistics are staggering; the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network states that 80 percent of sexual assault victims are under the age of 30. In addition, RAINN states that 54 percent of sexual assaults are not reported to police. The HOPE Center’s mission states that “Given the devastating effect violence can have on everyone, HOPE will empower all members of the LHU community to understand and address issues pertaining to sexual assault, domestic violence, relationship violence, and gender violence.”
The mission of the HOPE Center is to support, empower, and enlighten all students about issues of sex, gender, sexual violence, personal safety, and health, social, and educational equity. The center will offer many programs and events related to these issues throughout the semester.
The HOPE Center, the Women and Gender Studies program, and the President’s Commission on the Status of Women co-sponsored a self-defense workshop led by Sue Feathers from the Lock Haven YMCA on September 12. Students who attended learned different self-defense moves, as well as ways to keep themselves from becoming targets of attackers.
Coming up, the HOPE Center, along with the LGBT Commission, Safe Haven, and the APSCUF Gender Issues and Social Justice Committee, will host an anti-bullying presentation on September 27 at 6:30 p.m. in Greenberg Auditorium. This event, entitled “Bully s**t! Common Myths About Bullying, and What You Need to Know If You Want to Avoid Becoming an Aggressor Yourself,” will feature Dr. Glenn Retief, Assistant Professor of English & Creative Writing at Susquehanna University. Dr. Retief is the author of The Jack Bank: A Memoir of a South African Childhood, a novel that chronicles his personal experiences as a gay bullied child.
The HOPE Center board will also be holding a presentation about the Clery Act on October 18 at 12:30 PM in Bentley S 06/07. Many faculty and staff serving as advisors to student groups are unaware that they have legal obligations under the Clery Act. These legal obligations include reporting incidents of violence (assault, sexual assault, hate crimes, etc.) that they learn about from their students. The board, along with members of the public safety staff, invite all faculty members to come learn about the Clery Act and what is required when reporting incidents.
The HOPE Center will be holding the annual Domestic Violence Awareness Vigil in Rogers Gymnasium at 7 PM on October 24. The event will include speakers from the campus community. The HOPE Center holds the event each year to educate students, faculty, and staff about this often hidden form of abuse, and to remember victims of domestic violence and honor its survivors.
For more information about the HOPE Center and events, please call 570-484-2111, or stop by Russell 10!