As I write [February 2016], Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis, Mo., is winding up its second annual Interpersonal Violence Awareness Week.
I am reading a news release and getting an overview of various events addressing serious topics that MBU is helping students and others address.
The university and its students deserve commendation for engaging in dialog about interpersonal violence, learning to identify signs of abuse and helping male students to become “men of integrity” in treating women as God intended.
The week included engagement with community programs, including Thrive (to provide resources for women) and ALIVE (Alternatives to Living in Violent Environments).
Throughout February, MBU Campus Safety held Rape Aggression Defense classes led by certified instructors.
Unfortunately, the issues are real and pervasive in communities today. That’s why this effort by the university community is praiseworthy.
Bill Webb is editor of Word & Way.