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Danbury's WCSU Receives Grant To Reduce Sexual Assault, Dating Abuse

Western Connecticut State University has received a $10,000 grant to help reduce sexual assault, dating abuse and stalking.
Western Connecticut State University has received a $10,000 grant to help reduce sexual assault, dating abuse and stalking. Photo Credit: Facebook

DANBURY, Conn. — Western Connecticut State University recently received a $10,000 grant for the "Speak Out Against Domestic Violence" initiative from the Avon Foundation for Women.

The campaign and training is to help raise awareness to reduce sexual assault, dating abuse and stalking.

During this time, participants will learn the techniques and strategies needed for an understanding of proper intervention.

WCSU is continuing its partnership with the Women's Center of Greater Danbury as part of this effort.

This is the first year WCSU has received money from the Avon Foundation. The foundation originally was started in 1955 and is the world's largest corporate-affiliated philanthropic agency focusing on women's issues.

Since 2014, the foundation has contributed nearly $1 billion in more than 50 countries. WCSU was one of 25 Avon campus grants totaling $250,000 awarded to colleges nationwide.

The grant also supports educator training, materials and support sessions about healthy relationships.

"We believe that all students should have the skills necessary to intervene in problematic situations and create a culture on campus of engagement, activism, and responsibility,” said Ann Rodwell-Lawton, program manager of education and outreach at The Women’s Center of Greater Danbury.

For more information, contact Sharon Guck at gucks@wcsu.edu or Rayna Havelock at havalockr@wcsu.edu.

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