RUPD patrol car supports important cause
A Radford University Police Department vehicle is now decorated in support of sexual assault awareness.
A painted blue ribbon on the patrol car's hood reads "Stop the Abuse" and "Radford Cares." The words "Intervention, Prevention, Support" sit just beside it. The hood wrap on which the designs are placed was created by Sign-A-Rama in Christiansburg.
Sgt. Scott Shaffer said the effort is on track with the university's proactive approach in combatting sexual assault.
"With all the work we have done, we felt it was the perfect time to show support and collaboration and keep the topic out there and in the public's eye," Shaffer said.
Last semester, Shaffer joined a panel of university representatives to talk about and answer questions regarding sexual assault and consent. Throughout the 2014-15 academic year, the university's Student Government Association has promoted "Got Consent?," an awareness-raising campaign that touches upon the necessity for consent to be present during all sexual encounters. The campus community also recognized April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month with a series of engaging and informative events.
Radford University President Penelope W. Kyle was appointed last fall to the Governor's Task Force on Combating Campus Sexual Violence. Kyle has formed a similar sexual assault task force on campus.