It’s been two years since two women were allegedly raped on Savannah State’s campus, and the man being charged is still awaiting trial.
Now, the school is taking precautions to prevent anything like this from happening again.
SSU is announcing they’ll be working with the Rape Crisis Center of the Coastal Empire and starting next week, students and faculty will be able to walk into an office on-campus to get help, learn more about or report sexual violence.
“This provides them an opportunity to come in and have conversations in a non-threatening environment about things they may think, they may see or feel that they saw,” said SSU VP of Student Affairs Dr. F. Carl Walton.
Rape Crisis Center Executive Director Kesha Gibson-Carter explained the goal of the new partnership is to provide advocacy, support and education, and create a safe place to report this kind of violence.
“We want to be on the front lines of assuring that individuals who are victims have appropriate care in a timely manner as well as an appropriate response,” she said.
The office on campus will be open at least two days a week while classes are in session during the school year, a while they’re only partnering with SSU right now, Gibson-Carter said they’re open to working with other local colleges as well.