Dordt College News

April Awareness Month events at Dordt

April 3, 2006


No person or place is immune.

That’s the message Safe Campus Project Coordinator Rachel Valentine is trying to get across during April, National Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

“All of us hope nothing ever happens on our college campus or in this community, but it is better to promote awareness and be prepared to offer immediate support than to shut our eyes or look the other way,” says Valentine. In support of that message, quilters in the Sioux Prairie Quilters have donated two quilts to Dordt’s Safe Campus Program. One will be kept in Dordt’s Safe Campus office, while the other will be with campus security, so that if the need arose a quilt could be offered for both physical warmth and emotional comfort.

In her role as a safe campus project coordinator, Valentine works together with the Family Crisis Centers of Northwest Iowa, the Sioux Center Police Department, and the Sioux County Attorney’s office to coordinate prevention and outreach activities and services.

On April 6 and 7, 1-4 p.m., the Safe Campus office and the Family Crisis Center will host a booth at the Dordt College Campus Center, where members of the Dordt College campus community can pick up information or sign a pledge to speak out against sexual violence. Those who do will receive a teal ribbon, symbolizing the fight against sex abuse.

Also on April 6, Officer Mike Halma of the Sioux Center Police Department will present a self-defense workshop to registered female students, staff and faculty at Dordt College. The class will be at the Dordt Rec Center from 8-10 p.m., with the class size limited to 30. To register, contact Valentine ( or sign up at the Campus Center April Awareness booth.

Two movie events will also be offered on Dordt’s Campus during April: On Thursday, April 13, at 7 p.m., the movie “Speak” will be shown in the Science Building lecture hall S101. The film features a young woman struggling to find her voice after surviving a life-altering event. On April 20, at 8 p.m. in S101, the movie “North Country” will be shown. This powerful film is about one woman’s strength and determination to escape harassment and abuse in the workplace. These campus viewings are free and open to all.

The Safe Campus office at Dordt College is funded through the Office of Violence Against Women of the U.S. Department of Justice. This program was established to promote awareness and provide education and training to combat issues of violence against women as well as to provide advocacy services to students in need. Within the context of a Christian learning community, Valentine said her role is to help students develop wisdom according to the mind of Christ, helping them be safe both in this community and when they are in urban settings for spring break trips, multi-cultural educational semesters, finding jobs after graduation, etc.

For more information, or if anyone would like to donate additional quilts to the program, contact Rachel Valentine at 712-722-6097.

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