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June 6, 2014

Moore community comes together to end sexual assault

NORMAN — As many as 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 7 boys will be sexually abused at some point in their childhood. No More in Moore, advocate group for the prevention of sexual assault, wants to change these haunting numbers by encouraging sexual assault education in the Moore school district.

The group believes Moore Public Schools are not a safe environment as long as students find racism and rape jokes funny and think sexual assault prevention is unnecessary, said Felicia Jarvis, group leader and Moore High School alum.

Jarvis said she was inspired to start the group during sexual assault awareness month in April when she recalled the lack of education she received about the topic of consent while she was a Moore High School student.

“I thought back about how I never had this information in high school,” Jarvis said. “My passion comes from hearing people talk and joke about it and knowing how that hurts people who are victims of sexual assault. ... Just because it’s uncomfortable to address doesn’t mean it’ll go away.”

Since starting No More in Moore, Jarvis has worked to set up a meeting with Moore Public Schools’ high school principals. Jarvis said she has emailed administration multiple times without a response but that the group was gaining support within the community.

More than 70 Moore community members and students have pledged to join Jarvis on Monday at a Moore Public Schools Board of Education meeting, which will begin at 6 p.m. Visit the website mooreschools.com for a complete agenda and location.

Jarvis said she looks forward to finally having the group’s message heard and educating the school board on how the school district can implement sexual assault education as soon as the 2014-15 school year.

“I hope they acknowledge it’s a problem and make it a priority,” she said.

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