Options Domestic and Sexual Violence Services, Inc. and Colby Community College announce the continuation and enhancement of their partnership to provide 

CCC continues alliance with Options

Mon Apr 30, 2018 at 05:12 PM

Options Domestic and Sexual Violence Services, Inc. and Colby Community College announce the continuation and enhancement of their partnership to provide free, voluntary, and confidential services to students, faculty and staff at the college. The two organizations began the alliance in February of 2017.

Headquartered in Hays, Options is an accredited domestic violence and sexual assault program dedicated to ending intimate partner violence and educating the community about the prevalence and effects of violence against women.

Options provides a campus advocate in Colby to help survivors of stalking, dating violence, domestic violence, and sexual assault navigate administrative, legal, medical, and emotional challenges resulting from various types of violence. While on campus, advocate Rachel Chambers hosts an information booth. CCC, in turn, furnishes a free, confidential office space so students and college employees can receive services.

Over the past year, the college and Options have partnered together during Prevention Week for activities such as Walk a Mile in Her Shoes®, the International Men's March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence, and hosted Options’ 8th Annual Domestic Violence Summit. Both organizations also debuted the Options stalking video during National Stalking Awareness Month and worked together to create pull-tab flyers specifically for college students and personnel.

"I believe having Options on campus at CCC adds value to the overall student experience and demonstrates the college’s commitment to supporting domestic and sexual violence initiatives,” said Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. George McNulty. “We are fortunate to be campus-based partners. A big thank you to Options for providing their services."

In the coming year, the partnership will unveil the Red Flag Campaign, which uses a bystander intervention strategy to address and prevent sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking on college campuses.

“When survivors of intimate partner violence know there is a confidential place they can go to report their assault, receive services, and be believed, our communities become safer,” said Jennifer Hecker, Executive Director of Options. “We are proud of our partnership with Colby Community College and look forward to working together to create a safe campus, free from violence.”