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We recognize our responsibility to not only support the survivors in our community, but to change the culture and prevent violence altogether. Made possible by the Office of Violence Against Women 2018 Campus Grant to Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking, the college prioritizes the need to provide a safe and supportive environment for students. Our office is dedicated to providing educational opportunities and resources for survivors, and ensuring a trauma-informed response to reports of sexual and/or interpersonal violence.

For medical emergencies, call 911 or the YWCA's 24/7 hotline at 410-222-6800 to receive help with social, emotional, residential and resource needs for survivors of domestic and sexual violence.


What We Offer

Our office is committed to educating our community with regular activities and a variety of programs. Learn more about what we offer and our resources below.

Prevention Education Programming

Bystander Intervention:

  • The 3 D’s, Bystander Intervention in The Age of COVID-19
  • How to be an Active Bystander Online

Consent Education:

  • How to Communicate Consent
  • Body Autonomy
  • What Does Consent Mean
  • Digital Consent

Healthy Relationships:

  • Love Languages
  • Intimate Partner Violence in LGBTQ Relationships
  • How to Recognize Red Flags in Relationships
  • Rebuilding After an Unhealthy Relationship
  • Healthy Communication

Awareness Events:

  • Stalking Awareness Month
  • Sexual Assault Awareness Month
  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month

In-class Presentations and Workshops:

  • Wellness and Prevention
  • Bystander Intervention and Public Health
  • Types and Signs of Abuse

Resources

On- and off-campus resources including confidential support:

  • Local and national hotline numbers
  • Information on where to find counseling, legal/victim advocates and support groups
  • Information on where to receive medical care/sexual assault forensic exams

Guides for survivors:

  • Safety planning
  • Information on peace orders versus protective orders
  • Options for survivors after experiencing an assault

Training:

  • Trauma-informed training for the Department of Public Safety and Police
    • Trauma-informed investigations and questioning
    • The neurobiology of trauma

Katie's Corner

Accessible via MyAACC, Katie’s Corner is a section within the Virtual Health & Wellness Center that is dedicated to sexual violence prevention and the promotion of healthy relationships. Provided by AACC's sexual violence prevention project director, students can schedule one-on-one meetings, access educational materials, past presentations, self-paced workshops, interactive quizzes and local resources.

To access the Virtual Health & Wellness Center, log into MyAACC and navigate to the Quick Links section on the left-hand side of the page.


SPARC Go+

The Sexual and Interpersonal Violence Prevention and Response Course (SPARC) is a free, self-paced course located within Canvas. Designed to be an introductory course, SPARC Go+ builds the skills necessary to prevent sexual violence, intimate partner violence and stalking. All members of the campus community are encouraged to enroll in the course to promote a culture of prevention and survivor support.

The course includes three modules:

How to Identify Violence

Includes information on consent, sexual assault, intimate partner violence and stalking

Where to Find Resources

Includes on- and off-campus resources, national resources and campus policies

How to Prevent Future Violence

Includes information on bystander intervention and changing the culture

To access the course, you can:

  1. Log in to MyAACC
  2. Select "Access my Courses"
  3. Navigate to the left menu and select "Account"
  4. Select "Enroll in Virtual Sexual Violence Prevention Center"
  5. SPARC Go+ will be added to your course list and dashboard upon enrollment

For information reach out to the sexual violence prevention project director at kmmcelhaney@aacc.edu

Questions?

We’re happy to help.

Health & Wellness Center

Deneen Dangerfield

410-777-2480

Send Email

Looking for Resources?

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Baltimore Metro Area

Howard County

Our Team

Katie McElhaney
Sexual Violence Prevention Project Director 
kmmcelhaney@aacc.edu  
410-777-7449


Office Hours

Student Union Room 213

In-person Hours

Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Remote Hours

Thursdays and Fridays
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.