Tatiana Munoz (pictured) S.A.A.C. Executive Board President
April 10, 2015

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. -- Last Thursday (04/02), the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (S.A.A.C.) showed their support against dating violence and sexual assault at the Red Flag Campaign, held on campus inside the Student Service Center (SSC) Ballroom. The summit featured a panel of survivors, state representatives, medical experts and law enforcement who provided insight on prevention and effects of sexual assault.

"I was truly excited to see our S.A.A.C. team encourage our student-athletes and student body to say something," said Talareah Campbell, Academic Advisor/Co-Student Services Coordinator. "We are a family and we wanted to be there to inform everybody about these type of issues."

The campus community was encouraged to come out and take a pledge against sexual assault. S.A.A.C. was invited to participate in this event and raise sexual harassment awareness in athletics. S.A.A.C. gave out scenarios to all attendees by passing out useful information on interventions that can help prevent violent relationships.

"It was a great opportunity to come together," said senior women's bowler Tatiana Munoz (Ibague Tolima, Colombia), who is also President on the S.A.A.C. Executive Board. "We wanted people to understand the significance of the matter and help raise awareness on how to resolve the issue."

The Red Flag Campaign is a public awareness campaign designed to address dating violence and promote the prevention of dating violence on college campuses. The campaign was created using a "bystander intervention" strategy, encouraging friends and other campus community members to "say something" when they see warning signs ("red flags") for dating violence in a friend's relationship.

UMES S.A.A.C. team's mission is to enhance the total athletic experience for the student-athlete. S.A.A.C. strives to promote a positive student-athlete image, while creating a uniting force within Hawk Athletics. S.A.A.C.'s motto is "Beyond the Wall," stating that S.A.A.C. goes beyond the walls of our University and make a strong impact in the community.

For complete recaps, results and news of Hawk athletics, please visit www.umeshawks.com.

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