Preventative education is key to avoiding abuse, says campus diversity manager

Melanie Chaparian says speaking out helps end abuse cycle.
Melanie Chaparian says speaking out helps end abuse cycle.
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Alicea Knott
Life Reporter

Preventative education is the primary goal at Humber when advising students on how to avoid abusive relationships, said Nancy Simms, manager of diversity and human rights in human resource services.

“The basic message that Humber wants students to get, there are two. One, nobody deserves or asks to be assaulted. Two, any kind of assaults of a sexual nature, or physical nature, is a crime,” said Simms.

Issues of violence against women are highlighted in March every year, when international women’s day is marked.

Mulu Haddis, the volunteer co-ordinator for the North York Women’s Centre, said the day is significant for everyone, not just women.

“It is politically, socially, very important,” she said.

In recent weeks, violence against women has been given more attention due to the beating of R & B artist Rihanna. Her boyfriend Chris Brown is charged.

“It gave more awareness because of the media attention, but there is untold violence against women as well,” said Haddis. “But, it is important that the awareness is there.”

Melanie Chaparian, humanities program co-ordinator, said speaking out is the first step in ending the cycle of violence.

“I would hope if a woman were experiencing this type of problem, and that came to the attention of either her friends, or her teachers, they would encourage her to go to coun selling,” she said.

Simms said students should use the various resources and workshops at the North and Lakeshore campuses on how to avoid abusive relationships, as well as how to act if they are faced with this situation.

“We are located in an area where there is a multiplicity of services near Humber that students can access,” said Simms.

Chaparian said while awareness of the problem has increased, it is far from being solved.

“It’s easy for us to sit on the outside and say not only should he not hit her, but she should get out of there immediately,” she said.

Chaparian also said this issue is more complicated depending on personal histories.

“The notion of domestic violence would probably bring to mind different things to different people,” she said.

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