Forum takes on sexual assault prevention

Every two minutes, someone in the United States is sexually assaulted.

With this statistic in mind, Associated Student Government (ASG) at Mt. Hood Community College and MHCC’s Public Safety department are hosting a forum from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, in the Town & Gown room on the Gresham Campus, 26000 S.E. Stark St., to educate students and the community about sexual assault awareness and prevention.

“As stakeholders in the success of our family, community and country, it is our job to get educated and mobilized,” said Jonathan Albi, director of public safety and campus sustainability for ASG.

Consider these scenarios: A woman is raped on her way home from work.

Across town, a young boy is terrified every time his bedroom doorknob turns and his stepfather enters. The following night, a young woman blacks out after drinking a laced cocktail and wakes up in a stranger’s house.

Incidents like these unfold every day, and these are just a few of the forms that sexual violence can take.

The Sexual Assault Resource Center, a nonprofit organization, also will take part in the forum. The center’s mission is to promote social justice by eliminating sexual violence in the community through education, support and advocacy.

The center operates a 24-hour crisis line (503-640-5311) staffed with trained advocates who provide crisis intervention, peer support, information and referral.

Civil war tailgate barbecue, auction Thursday

The Gresham Breakfast Lions Club and Damascus-Boring Kiwanis clubs are holding their 11th annual Beavers vs. Ducks Civil War Dinner and Auction at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at Club Paesano, 3800 W. Powell Loop, Gresham.

The event will benefit a variety of the clubs’ community programs and scholarships. Tickets are $25 per person.

Dinner will be provided by Buster’s Barbecue with a no-host bar.

Attendees are encouraged to wear their team colors.

For more information, contact Pat Swift at 503-665-3111 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or John Brookens at 503-663-7119 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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