FLORENCE -- Francis Marion University is hosting several activities in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month.
The Department of Psychology and Sociology, Pi Gamma Mu honor society, and the Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Assault are sponsoring an assault awareness lecture on Thursday, April 13, at 4 p.m., in the McNair Science Building auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception in the McNair Science Building lobby will follow the lecture.
Guest speaker Dean Kilpatrick, Ph.D., is a professor of clinical psychology and the director of the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center, located at the Medical University of South Carolina. Kilpatrick's areas of expertise include assessment and treatment of criminal victimization and related mental health problems, and psychological assessment of sexual assault perpetrators.
For more than 24 years Kilpatrick has been involved in the crime victims' rights movements and was a founding member of the state's first rape crisis center in 1974. He is the editor of the Journal of Traumatic Stress, and has testified about crime victim issues at hearings before the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. He was awarded the 1990 President's Award for Outstanding Contributions on Behalf of Victims of Crime.
Prior to the lecture, a tree planting to honor survivors of sexual assault violence will take place at 3:15 p.m. on the lawn between the Stanton Academic Computing Center and the Hyman Fine Arts Center.
Also, the campus assault prevention organization Reducing Our Assault Risk (ROAR) will sponsor a display in Rogers Library throughout the month of April.
For more information contact Laurie Sullivan-Hunter, assistant professor of psychology at FMU, at 843-661-1642.