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Upton Announces Grant to Reduce Domestic & Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, & Stalking on Campus

Grant worth $298,698 awarded to Kalamazoo College

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Washington, September 4, 2018 | Tom Wilbur (202-225-3761) | comments

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Violence Against Women awarded a grant worth $298,698 to Kalamazoo College to reduce domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking on campus. Kalamazoo College, in partnership with the Kalamazoo YWCA and the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety will implement this campus violence against women project.

“This local grant will help keep students safe on campus right here in Kalamazoo,” said Upton. “Specifically, this grant will expand existing prevention education programs, provide more training opportunities for school staff, and allow better coordination with the qualified, local leaders at the Kalamazoo YWCA. We all must work together to prevent domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking on college campuses. This grant will greatly help in that effort here locally.”

The grant is authorized through the Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking on Campus Program (Campus Program). The program provides a unique opportunity for institutions of higher education to establish multi-disciplinary approaches to combat sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking on campuses.

Funding from this new award will be used to: 1.) create a Campus Coordinated Community Response Team (CCRT); 2.) expand the existing mandatory prevention and education program for all incoming students; 3.) provide training to all Campus Safety Officers three times per years; 4.) provide in-depth training with regular follow-up trainings to all members of the campus disciplinary and appeal boards; 5.) supplement existing ongoing prevention programming through additional workshops, guest speakers, and peer education outreach; 6.) create programs and materials specifically focused on culturally specific and underserved student populations; 7.) augment victim services and advocacy through joint position with the YWCA of Kalamazoo; 8.) hire a full-time Project Coordinator to oversee the implementation of grant-funded activities.

Upton has previously championed bipartisan legislation that would protect sexual assault survivors.

To learn more about Upton’s record of results for Southwest Michigan please click here.

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