CCBC shares in $750,000 grant to confront and prevent sexual violence

Sep 30, 2016

CCBC and nine other Baltimore-area colleges and universities together have won a $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to generate new strategies to prevent, respond to, investigate, and hold offenders accountable for sexual assault and dating violence, and strengthen trauma-informed, victim services on campus and in the community.

The Baltimore Area Higher Education Coalition against Sexual Violence comprises CCBC, Coppin State University, Goucher College, Loyola University Maryland, McDaniel College, Maryland Institute College of Art, Notre Dame of Maryland University, Stevenson University, Towson University, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. The community partners on the project are local victim service provider TurnAround Inc., the Baltimore City Police Department, and the Baltimore Collegetown Network.

The coalition’s goal is to further develop a comprehensive, coordinated community response that focuses on a survivor-centered, trauma-informed approach to students who experience sexual assault and dating violence. More than 125,000 students attend and frequently travel among the 10 participating institutions.

Loyola, the coalition leader, will receive and administer all grant funds for the group over the course of the three-year project. The grant dollars will allow the colleges to enhance how they respond to sexual violence, increase survivors’ access to services and develop informative videos and mobile apps.

The grant was awarded by the Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women in the “Grants to Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking on Campus” category. The Baltimore coalition received the maximum award total available in this category.