Winston-Salem, NC-Last week, Salem College hosted it's first annual SToPP (Stop. Think. Protect Your Peers.) 5K Walk/Run, which began at the Student Center Plaza in the middle of campus. The race was co-sponsored by Salem Athletics, Salem Student Affairs, Salem's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), and Salem's Title IX Office. SToPP is part of the New Agenda, which is an organization devoted to improving the lives of women and girls, and the race focused on stopping relationship violence and sexual assault.
Britni Mohney, Salem's SAAC Advisor, said, "The national Sexual Violence Resource Center states that 1 in 5 women are sexually assaulted while in college. Our goal with the STOPP 5K event was to bring awareness and provide educated material to our student body."
The race went through Salem's historic campus twice, including around the athletic facilities. Over 140 students, faculty, staff, and community members registered for the race.
"The most important thing you can do is to talk about it and engage in conversation; and that is what we were able to do at the event," said Mohney. As an institution filled with strong, independent, and powerful women; it's an important subject to cover. To fill the race course with statistics and knowledgeable information is our first step in bringing awareness to not only the campus but to the community; it's the first stages of making a difference."
Recently, the NCAA Board of Governors approved a policy related to campus sexual violence. This policy identifies three goals for all member schools. One of these goals is for all student-athletes, coaches and staff to be annually educated on sexual violence prevention, intervention and response, to the extent allowable by state law and collective bargaining agreements. Further, institutions will electronically attest to the fulfillment of the policy on an annual basis.