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Calvin Receives Grant to Reduce Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault

Written by Paul R. Kopenkoskey on . Posted in Local

calvin4Calvin University received a $300,00 grant over the next three years from The U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence against Women intended to reduce domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking on campuses. Joining them in their effort with be the Grand Rapids Police Department, Safe Haven Ministries and the YWCA.

"Sexual violence  is not just something that happens outside of our community," said Sarah Visser, vice president for student life at Calvin. "This grant allows us to continue to strengthen these efforts,  in collaboration with our amazing community partners,  while further equipping our students to  step up and lead."

Calvin will use the grant create a Peer Education and Empowerment to Reduce Sexual Violence Team, which will  provide peer education, awareness and connect to students seeking ongoing help after sharing an experience of sexual assault, stalking, dating violence, or domestic violence.

The team will also strengthen victim services on campus, implement culturally and linguistically appropriate educational programs to reach traditional and underserved groups, and obtain technology for cyber stalking investigation and response.
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Paul R. Kopenkoskey
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Paul R. Kopenkoskey is a full-time freelance writer and editor for an assortment of publications including Grand Rapids Magazine, Grand Rapids Business Journal, and Faith Grand Rapids magazine. He has completed his first novel with the working title, Karl Beguiled. He and his wife, Barb, live in Wyoming, Michigan. They have three children and five grandchildren.

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