UCC hosting events to draw awareness to sexual assault.
ROSEBURG, Oregon – Women and children who end up seeking shelter through Battered Persons’ Advocacy (BPA) often show up with the clothes on their back and nothing more. Imagine being a child with nothing from home that makes you feel comfortable or safe, or being a domestic violence victim whose clothes have been collected as evidence. Think of yourself away from home with nothing to call your own.
To support the lives they touch every day, BPA collects donated clothing throughout the year. Since April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Umpqua Community College (UCC) is participating in the effort to help these victims.
“We are always in need of new women’s underwear and bras, and underwear for children,” Veronica Joyce from BPA said. “Whatever we collect from the community through drives, like this one at UCC, go to women and children in our shelter.”
UCC Student Life is encouraging people to donate fleece blankets and packages of new women’s or children’s underwear to support victims of sexual assault. To a child with nothing of their own, a warm fleece blanket says “we care.” Former UCC Counselor Sue Windsor started an effort like this a number of years ago before she retired.
“I have some great pictures of a car stuffed full of fleece that we delivered to BPA a few years ago,” Marjan Coester, UCC’s Director of Student Life, said. “Let’s do that again by getting 50 to 100 fleece blankets donated.”
During the month of April, faculty, staff, and students are being encouraged to donate new fleece blankets, women’s and children’s underwear, or to make a cash donation. Donations can be dropped off at the Information Desk in the Student Center through the end of April.
Another event is being held at UCC in conjunction with this donation drive. On Wednesday, April 26, faculty, staff and students are encouraged to wear denim to show support for victims of sexual assault. The idea is that wearing denim shirts, jackets, and/or skirts paint a broad visual commitment that at UCC, “these hands don’t hurt.”
About Umpqua Community College
Nestled in the beautiful North Umpqua River Valley, Umpqua Community College is the regional center for higher education in Douglas County, Oregon. UCC provides high quality college degree programs, workforce development, and community learning opportunities.
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