2017-04-12 / Local News

‘Protect U’ program May 1 on keeping students safe

Staying safe on campus is an ongoing discussion that parents and students should be engaging in throughout the college experience. On May 1 at 7 p.m. in the Cherry Hill Katz JCC’s social hall, the JFCS Project SARAH program will hold a free presentation of “Protect U and Yours: Keeping Your Children Safe from College Campus Assault.”

As of this year, the JFCS Project SARAH program has presented to almost 1,000 students in area high schools about sexual assault on college campus and how to protect oneself. According to surveys given out at those presentations, less than one percent inquired about—or knew—the sexual assault policy of the college they were thinking of attending. Additionally, only one percent of students said they had discussed consent in their households. “Protect U and Yours” will help parents and guardians answer the following, and help them to have conversations with their college-age children:

• Are you familiar with the “Yes means Yes” affirmative consent law?

• What does a college campus do to keep students safe?

• What are the students’ rights if they get assaulted at college?

• How can safety planning, phone apps, and technology help keep students safe?

These questions and many more will be addressed at the program. Attendance is free, but registration is required online at: JFCSSNJ.org/protectu.

The evening will include an engaging panel of experts, including a Title IX specialist and a college detective. Be sure to stay for the cupcake bar, provided by JFCS’ Soups and Sweets Special Needs Culinary Training program. 

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