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Proclamation

President Robert Antonucci, February 28, 2011:

"Dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are intolerable crimes with serious implications for every facet of society, including institutions of higher education. We must work together to educate our community about what can be done to prevent these crimes and how to support survivors.

We must encourage others to speak out when witnessing acts of violence, however small. With leadership, dedication, and coordinated community efforts, there is compelling evidence that we can be successful in reducing crimes of violence through prevention education, increased awareness, and holding perpetrators who commit acts of violence responsible for their actions.

Fitchburg State University strongly supports the efforts of dedicated national, state, and local partners, and of every citizen who actively engages in public and private efforts, including conversations about what dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are, developing strategies geared toward prevention, helping survivors connect with services, and promoting how every segment of society can work together to better address these issues.

We proclaim our commitment to fostering a culture of zero tolerance for dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking, and nurturing a core value that emphasizes a safe and healthy environment for all members of the community. Any reports of such activity will be taken seriously and investigated fully.

We will bring our message to all corners of the campus in support of this goal, creating a community of responsible bystanders who will be empowered to step forward if they suspect another member of their community is facing these issues."

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