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Democracy House Honored by Middlesex County Freeholders

Democracy House, MCC’s service-learning program, and the County’s Center for Empowerment were recently honored by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders for their work in educating the College community about domestic violence, human trafficking and other forms of sexual abuse. They sponsored a film showing of “The Hunting Ground,” in which rape survivors fight back using legal strategy, and a luncheon program where survivors shared their stories. The organizations also sponsored the Clothesline Project, in which students wrote messages on t-shirts, which are then hung in the College Center; and April 25 was Denim Day, in which students were encouraged to wear denim in an effort to raise awareness of and protest against stereotypes surrounding the issue of sexual assault.

From left: MCC student Halimat Oshun; Lori Hayes, Center for Empowerment; Pattiann McMahon, faculty advisor of Democracy House; Carol B. Bellante, Freeholder deputy director; Arianna Illa, Democracy House coordinator; Jennifer Kurdyla of the Center for Empowerment; and MCC student Miranda Brenton.

From left: MCC student Halimat Oshun; Lori Hayes, Center for Empowerment; Pattiann McMahon, faculty advisor of Democracy House; Carol B. Bellante, Freeholder deputy director; Arianna Illa, Democracy House coordinator; Jennifer Kurdyla of the Center for Empowerment; and MCC student Miranda Brenton.