E’niya Rowry, an Ambassador of Hope, helps spread sexual assault awareness at Alcorn State University

After accepting an internship with The Guardian’s Sexual Assault Crisis Center in Natchez, Mississippi, senior, psychology major E’niya Rowry’s eyes were opened to the pressing issue of sexual assault on college campuses and in the United States. Her newfound knowledge of the issue inspired her to participate in spreading awareness at Alcorn State University.

E’niya, serving as an Ambassador of Hope on Dr. Ravola’s CASA* project, is determined to connect with peers to sensitize them on sexual assault. To further the efforts of CASA, the Psychology Society, Catholic Charities in Natchez and E’niya held a Sexual Assault Awareness event Wednesday, April 6 in the Dr. Clinton Bristow Jr. Dining Facility lobby. The purpose of the event was to share the prevalence of sexual assault, provide advice on prevention and share resources available for students at Alcorn.

E’niya feels obligated to spread the word about sexual assault while encouraging her fellow Alcornites to protect each other.

“Sexual assault is alive and relevant to me because I am a college student and it is prominent on college campuses,” said E’niya. “Alcorn is a family. We all need to love and take care of each other like a real family would. We must discuss sexual assault and be a part of the solution.”

E’niya advises her peers to set boundaries, be responsible for their own actions and fellow students and report any suspected assault.

If you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual assault, contact Campus Police at (601) 877-3000.

*CASA is a mini-grant funded by Substance Abuse and Mental Services Administration (SAMSHA) is a project to build Connectivity, Awareness and Support, Activities to Promote Mental Health in students at Alcorn State University.