GORHAM, Maine – The University of Southern Maine Huskies field hockey and women's soccer teams and University's Campus Safety Project are partnering up to host Domestic Violence Awareness games on Saturday, October 13. In a pair of Little East Conference game, Huskies' women's soccer will host UMass Dartmouth (12:00 p.m.) and Huskies' field hockey will take on Westfield State (3:00 p.m.).
The Huskies' Domestic Violence Awareness games are part of an on-going series of events sponsored by USM's Campus Safety Project throughout the academic year. With the month of October being Domestic Violence Awareness month, USM's Campus Safety Project will be on hand at Hannaford Field during both games providing resources, educational materials and raising awareness on issues regarding healthy relationships and sexual assault.
"To change our world for the better, we have to be willing to talk about dating and domestic violence," said Sarah Gordon, Program Coordinator for USM's Campus Safety Project. "We are honored to work with these student leaders in keeping the conversation going. We are thankful to have coaches and student-athletes invested in making our school and community safer."
In a show of support and solidarity, both teams will be wearing purple, the color associated with Domestic Violence Awareness, and will host the Campus Safety Project in the hopes that USM community members will be made aware of the number of resources available on campus and beyond through the Campus Safety Project.
"I'm pleased that we are partnering with the Campus Safety Project to bring awareness to the serious issue of domestic violence in this country and the devastating effects that it has on survivors and family members," said Southern Maine Director of Athletics Al Bean. "Domestic violence has no place in our society and it's is something we should all strive to eliminate. I think we're all hopeful that education and heightened awareness of this abuse will help turn the tide. Take a stand, support the cause and end domestic violence now."
The USM Campus Safety Project is a university-wide initiative aimed to address stalking, dating/ domestic violence, and sexual assault on campus through prevention education and response initiatives for students, faculty, and staff, as well as coordinating campus and community-based programs and services. Funded through a three-year grant (USM's third round of funding) from the Department of Justice and the Office on Violence Against Women, the Campus Safety Project has helped USM make sure that we have the policies, procedures, and resources to address sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, and stalking on the University of Southern Maine's campuses.
For more information and upcoming programming events, check out USM Campus Safety Project at usm.maine.edu/campussafetyproject and follow on Facebook at facebook.com/USMCampusSafetyProject