Speak Up Campaign Launches Across the College

November 6, 2018

Speak Up, a new public awareness campaign from TCC’s Violence Prevention Team aims to educate the campus community about the prevalence of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

More than 1-in-3 women (35.6 percent) and more than 1-in-4 men (28.5 percent) in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

Speak Up will encourage our campus community to speak up and report these issues, educate them on where to go for help and what resources the College has available to support survivors. Students, faculty, and staff can get used to seeing campaign information on posters, the TCC website, on bulletin boards and electronic signs on all campuses.

The campaign will include activities and events promoted by the Violence Prevention Team on all four TCC campuses. Services include confidential resources, counseling, advocacy, education, and training. Current training available for students and employees is an online violence prevention program from Student Success that focuses on consent, bystander intervention, sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, stalking, and much more. Since introducing the student program this fall, more than a thousand students have taken the course and provided positive feedback.

“We’re making collaborations across the college to provide this prevention education and specialized training to specific groups,” says Ravin Crawford, TCC violence prevention coordinator. “As an alternative, we’re also working toward in-person campus training sessions for students unable to complete the online course.”

The Violence Prevention Team has also launched a discussion group called “Men Speak Up” that meets once a week with the goal of engaging men as allies in the fight against domestic violence.

In 2017, TCC was awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women. Grants to Reduce Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking on Campus Program support activities that develop and strengthen trauma-informed victim services and strategies to prevent, and respond to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

“In response to this ongoing campaign, along with the education and training provided by the VPT, I believe we’ll see positive changes college-wide in how our community responds to reports of violence,” says Crawford. “This commitment to changing the culture of safety on our campuses will be evident in the attitudes and behaviors of students, faculty and staff that witness or are directly affected by domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The goal is to build and sustain these efforts to last long after the term of the grant.”

Members of the Violence Prevention Team include Heather Hancock, Ravin Crawford, Jon Herring, Lori Gonzalez, Robert Jerome, Lennette Lawless, and Annette Williams. More information can be found at www.tulsacc.edu/SpeakUp. To report a concern, or for questions on programs and services, contact the VPT at SpeakUp@tulsacc.edu, (918) 595-7711 or x7711 from any campus phone.