GORHAM, Maine – For the second consecutive year, the University of Southern Maine Department of Athletics and the University's Campus Safety Project are partnering to host Domestic Violence Awareness games. Fans, friends and family members of Husky student-athletes and teams can take part by wearing purple to USM's home contests on October 5, 6 and 7.
Through the visual act of wearing purple, USM Athletics and its members hope to raise awareness to the issues of domestic, dating, and relationship violence and abuse. The Huskies' Domestic Violence Awareness games are part of on-going events sponsored by USM's Campus Safety Project during 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 and Hill Gymnasium during the Huskies' women's soccer and volleyball games providing resources, educational materials and raising awareness on issues regarding healthy relationships and sexual assault.
"As a community, we have to be willing to talk about dating and domestic violence; awareness and dialogue are the key to change," said Devon Mulligan, Program Coordinator for USM's Campus Safety Project. "We are happy to continue 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, and using their platform to raise awareness to a critical issue."
Huskies' volleyball hosts a tri-match on Saturday, October 5, taking on Little East Conference opponent Eastern Connecticut State (12:00 pm) and Curry College (4:00 pm) at Hill Gymnasium. Women's soccer kicks off at 1 pm against LEC rival Eastern Connecticut at Hannaford Field. USM's teams on the road will also be taking part in the initiative, wearing a purple item, during their contests. Men's soccer, field hockey, men's and women's cross country, and women's tennis will all be competing on the road that Saturday. On Sunday and Monday, October 6-7 (10:00 am), Huskies' golf will host its annual USM Fall Classic at Gorham Country Club and will be using purple towels.
"Relationship violence in any form has no place in our society, and it is something we should all diligently work towards eliminating," said Southern Maine Director of Athletics Al Bean. "Hosting the Campus Safety Project at our home contests and having our student-athletes wear purple is a simple but effective way to raise awareness to the serious issue of domestic violence in our society, and the devasting effects that it has on survivors and family members."
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