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Campus Violence Prevention Program

Education, prevention, awareness

As part of the Office of Violence Against Women, the Campus Violence Prevention Program at Central State University raises awareness and promotes the prevention of interpersonal and sexual violence to create a safe campus environment.  

We know that anyone can be a victim of interpersonal violence, no matter the person’s gender, and we are here for you.  

Program director Mecca S. Carter-Marshall, Ph.D., CCLC, CPLC (Dr. Mecca), facilitates culturally responsive services for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. The office engages with community-based organizations to address the critical needs of victims in a manner that affirms the person’s identity and culture. The program has three pillars:  

  • Training 

  • Education 

  • Outreach 

Contact us 

Dr. Mecca Carter-Marshall campus violence prevention program director

Mecca S. Carter-Marshall, Ph.D., CCLC, CPLC 
Campus Violence Prevention Program Director 
Lackey/Lee Health Center 
1400 Brush Row Road, Wilberforce, Ohio 45384 
O: 937-536-8143 
E: mcarter-marshall@centralstate.edu  


My Brothers' Keeper and My Sisters' Keeper: Big Brothers of Prevention and Big Sisters of Prevention programs promote camaraderie, accountability, prevention awareness, and leadership. It is also an extension of the bystander intervention program, which focuses on the importance of prosocial bystander behaviors. Stand up and speak out to prevent sexual misconduct. Become a Big Brother or Big Sister of Prevention by contacting program director Dr. Mecca at mcarter-marshall@centralstate.edu.  

The program also trains on-site sexual assault advocates and peer mentors to learn how to recognize the signs of abuse and misconduct and respond appropriately.

Download Brothers Flyer

Download Sisters Flyer

Let’s get safer — TOGETHER!  

Join an upcoming Chat-N-Chew 

flyer for central state university's campus violence prevention program chat-n-chew for faculty and staff

All faculty and staff are invited to bring their lunches to Chat-N-Chew, a time to talk about prevention, intervention, compassion fatigue, recognizing abuse, the three “Rs” (review, reassurance, respect), programming, and more. Join program director Dr. Mecca and peers to advance an inclusive and safe campus environment.  

Chat-N-Chew takes place from 12-1 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month in the multipurpose room at the Harry M. Lackey/Benjamin F. Lee Health Center. 

Download Program Flyer

Referral form

If you or someone you know is struggling, please use the Central State University Counseling Services Online Referral Feedback Form. All referrals are confidential. You can also call or text 988 or chat at 988lifeline.org.

Annual observances  

January: National Stalking Awareness Month  

January is recognized as Stalking Awareness Month, a time to bring attention to the harmful nature of stalking and its warning signs. Stalking behavior can take various forms, such as making repeated and unsolicited phone calls, sending unwanted letters or gifts, following victims, or showing up at their workplaces or residences. Stalking can also occur in the digital world, known as cyberstalking, which includes behaviors such as sending unwarranted emails, instant and direct messaging, or engaging with social media posts through likes and comments. These threatening behaviors can have a significant impact on the victim’s physical and mental well-being, causing them to feel unsafe and traumatized. It is essential to recognize the warning signs of stalking and take immediate action to protect oneself and report the behavior to authorities.  

The National Institutes of Health notes, “The fear, stress, and anxiety that is endured can be debilitating to a person. Learn more 

February: Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month 

As we observe February as Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, it's essential to acknowledge that this is a matter that affects not only teenagers but also their parents, teachers, friends, and communities. It's imperative that we work collaboratively to raise awareness and promote safe, healthy relationships. Together, we can make a positive difference in the lives of those who may be experiencing dating violence. Learn more 

Teen Dating Violence Month

April: Sexual Assault Awareness Month 

Each April, we recognize Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). This is a time when we come together to acknowledge the widespread prevalence of sexual violence and its impact on each and every member of our community. SAAM is an opportunity for us to raise public awareness about the issue and educate ourselves on how to prevent it. We stand with all those who have experienced sexual assault, and we are committed to creating a safer, more just society. 

National Sexual Violence Resource Center

October: Domestic Violence Awareness Month 

October is recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). It is a time for us to come together to raise awareness about the impact of domestic violence on individuals, families, and communities. Each October, we honor the survivors, remember those who lost their lives, and show compassion and support for those who are currently experiencing domestic violence. We celebrate the progress that has been made in addressing this epidemic, while also acknowledging that there is still much work to be done. Let us all unite in creating a world where everyone feels safe and respected, free from the fear of domestic violence. 

Guide to Healthy Dating


If you have experienced domestic or dating violence, abuse, or sexual assault or misconduct, know that you are not alone.  

Central State University Counseling Services 


Always caring, listening, and confidential.  

Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and as needed 

Location: Central State University Harry M. Lackey/Benjamin F. Lee Health Center 

Call 937-376-6338 to make an appointment, leaving a detailed, confidential message with your name, contact phone number, email, days and times you are available, and the date you called. You may also email Dr. Mecca directly at mcarter-marshall@centralstate.edu.  

National Sexual Assault Hotline: Confidence 24/7 Support  

The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline in partnership with over 1,000 local assault service providers across the country.  

Chat online at online.rainn.org in English or Spanish.  

Call someone who can help at 800-656-4673

Additional resources: https://www.rainn.org/resources  

For local and other resources, visit https://www.centralstate.edu/title-ix-local-and-other-resources.