UMass Amherst Center for Women & Community

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What's Happening

Five College Student Leaders in Sexual Violence Prevention Training

We invite emerging and current student leaders in the sexual violence prevention movement to join us to learn about trauma-informed education, effective approaches to end violence, and best practices in prevention. This training will provide participants with the opportunity to apply their learning by developing intentional, coordinated programs for sexual assault prevention. Student leaders who complete the training series will receive a certificate of completion, a shirt, and an invitation to participate in Sexual Assault Awareness Month events. Learn more and Apply!

  • Upcoming Events

    * Central Area Block Party
    * October Social Hour
    * RelationshipWreck Workshop
  • Current Support Groups

    * Share Your Strength: Storytelling Support Group
    * Support Connect Heal: Support Group for Survivors of Sexual Violence

In the News

Sexual assault reported in 1 out of 4 college women
A new report released by the Association of American Universities (AAU) reveals that nearly 1 in 4 college women report being sexually assaulted while at college. Students identifying as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or gender non-conforming are at the highest risk of experiencing sexual violence. CWC Staff discuss the survey results with Channel 22. Link to the full survey:

Amherst pyschologist's new book sheds light on emotional abuse
Lisa A. Fontes, University Without Walls, has written a new book, "Invisible Chains: Overcoming Coercive Control in Your Intimate Relationships." She says such relationships often take a long time to develop and need time to be broken down. Also commenting in the story are Rebecca Lockwood, Center for Women and Community, Genny Beemyn, director of the Stonewall Center, and Lt. Robert Thrasher of the UMass police

The Hunting Ground' producer Amy Ziering to speak at Amherst Cinema about sexual violence on campusesRebecca M. Lockwood, associate director of the Center for Women and the Community, was a participant in a conference call discussing ways to combat sexual violence that included Amy Ziering, producer of the film “The Hunting Ground.” The film will be show tonight, April 17 at the Amherst Cinema and Ziering will be there to answer questions. (Gazette, 4/17/15)

Doing good while looking good: Fashion show raises domestic violence awareness
The University of Massachusetts Sisters on the Runway hosted its fifth annual fashion show Sunday night. The fashion show is a student-run benefit show that raises awareness about domestic violence. All proceeds from this year’s event went toward Safe Passage, a Northampton shelter that provides resources to those affected by domestic violence.

A rise in sexual assault reports brings more awareness to local universities
Rebecca Lockwood, associate director for rape crisis and violence prevention at the Center for Women and Community, and Enku Gelaye, vice chancellor for student affairs and campus life, comment in a story about efforts to stop sexual violence on college campuses.

Panel discusses media's role in perpetuating harmful stereotypes

Amherst receives 300,000 dollar violence against women grant, will fund advocates, not enough to fund investigator
Article regarding renewal of federal grant with Amherst Police, UMPD and Northampton Police to fund Civilian advocates and police training

Candlight Vigil Held For Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Article in the UMass Daily Collegian about the Domestic Violence Vigil co-sponsored by CWC and Sigma Psi Zeta

Center for Women & Community and Equal Opportunity & Diversity Train Student Government Association on Title IX
An article in the UMASS Daily Collegian including a description of the Title IX Training presented by CWC Staff and EO&D Staff.

CWC receives Grant Funding for Rural Communities
The MA Department of Public Health received another grant for three years of funding for the Rural Sexual and Domestic Violence Project. The Center for Women & Community has been a partner in the Rural Sexual and Domestic Violence Project coordinated by the MA Department of Public Health since it was initiated in 1997. The project serves rural communities in the four western MA counties including Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin and Berkshire and includes Safe Passage in Northampton, NELCWIT in Franklin County and the Elizabeth Freeman Center in Berkshire County. CWC provides crisis intervention and counseling to survivors of sexual assault and teen dating violence at outreach sites in the western Hampden and Hampshire County towns. CWC also provides prevention education addressing child sexual abuse, sexual assault and relationship violence to parents, first responders and service providers, students and residents in those communities. CWC will receive $102,558 over three years through the Rural project.

Colleges help vulnerable students caught in 'Red Zone'
Rebecca M. Lockwood, associate director of the Center for Women and Community, comments in a news story about training programs for new college students who are thought to be the most vulnerable to sexual assault, alcohol or drug abuse when they first start school.

Hampshire County Center is working to Prevent Sexual Violence
Interview with Channel 22 about the prevention activities sponsored by the Center for Women & Community during Sexual Assault Awareness Month and resources to support someone who has experienced sexual violence.

Sexual Assault on the UMASS campus
Becky Lockwood, Associate Director of Counseling and Rape Crisis Services, is interviewed for a story addressing sexual assault on the UMASS campus.

Response to March 31 Letter on topic of sexual violence

Federal Grant will help UMASS strengthen education about sexual violence

Northampton Police launch new civilian advocate program to help victims of domestic violence, sexual assault

Massachusetts Steps Up: Key Sexual and Domestic Violence Issues for College Administrators

UMass Amherst hosts statewide conference

Update on Valley Free Radio Show: Kicking It for Peace & Justice Interview with Bill Newman