Rust College targets domestic violence


The COPE Center is involved in a special project to reduce violent crimes against women on historically black college campuses.  

Rust College is one of 38 institutions participating in this initiative. Carolyn Hymon serves as the representative and coordinator of this project. This program is a collaborative effort of the United Negro College Fund, the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women and Tougaloo College. The program is named Project STOP NOW (Students Taking Opportunity for Prevention by Noticing On-Campus Violence Against Women).  

The purpose of this project is to ensure that students, administrators, faculty and staff at historically private colleges and universities are educated, knowledgeable and armed with the information on how to respond to violent acts committed against women on college campuses.  

Workshops and training has been provided for campus law enforcement, resident hall directors, orientation workshop leaders, resident assistants, peer advisors, faculty and the student body.  

During October, in recognition of Domestic Violence Month, Hymon along with her staff displayed pamphlets, handbooks and other educational material. Also, a self defense demonstration was sponsored by the COPE Center in the McMillan Center. James Dye was the instructor for this demonstration. He was accompanied by members of the Taekwondo club.   

On Oct. 25, Hymon and peer advisors attended a partner violence seminar. This seminar was hosted by Fred D. McGhee II, journalism graduate instructor at the University of Mississippi.