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Manchester receives $300,000 grant for sexual violence prevention, response initiative

Emily HahnManchester University has received a $300,000 grant to build on its efforts to raise awareness about sexual assault prevention and response at its Fort Wayne and North Manchester campuses.

The CARE Initiative was established at Manchester in 2016 with a $300,000, three-year grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Violence Against Women. The continuation grant allows Manchester to fund the program for another three years. 

"The funds will be used to continue our work in prevention education and bystander intervention, as well as resources for survivors of sexual assault, dating and domestic violence and stalking,” said the director of the CARE Initiative, Emily Hahn. CARE stands for Creating a Respectful Environment.

“Our goal is to integrate the CARE Initiative into the very fabric of Manchester University so that we will be known as a community that does not tolerate or ignore sexual or interpersonal violence,” Hahn said. 

MUCaresMoving forward with the theme of MUCares, the initiative works to building and maintain community partnerships.

Currently, its partners include: 

  • Fort Wayne Sexual Assault Treatment Center
  • Fort Wayne Police Department and its Victim’s Assistance program
  • YWCA of Northeast Indiana, Fort Wayne
  • Hands of Hope in Wabash and Marion
  • North Manchester Police Department
  • Beaman Home, Warsaw
  • Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault, Indianapolis
  • Mosaic Health & Healing Arts, Goshen
The CARE Initiative also collaborates with two dozen faculty and staff members on its northeast Indiana campuses to make sure that its work is comprehensive, student-focused and survivor-centered. 

“Our mission statement calls us to respect the infinite worth of every individual. Thoughtfully and intentionally respecting the rights and well-being of all people is core to who we are,” said President Dave McFadden. “The CARE Initiative further strengthens our commitment to keeping all members of our community safe and whole.”

For the media

For more information, contact Emily Hahn at echahn@manchester.edu 
More about the Office on Violence Against Women: www.justice.gov/ovw86

About Manchester
With campuses in North Manchester and Fort Wayne, Ind., Manchester University offers more than 70 areas of academic study to about 1,400 students in undergraduate programs,a Master of Accountancy, a Master of Science in pharmacogenomics, a Master of Athletic Training a four-year professional Doctor of Pharmacy degree and a four-year dual degree in pharmacy and pharmacogenomics. Learn more about the private, northern Indiana school at www.manchester.edu

Our mission
Manchester University respects the infinite worth of every individual and graduates persons of ability and conviction who draw upon their education and faith to lead principled, productive, and compassionate lives that improve the human condition.

September 2019