Enough is Enough Week is a national effort to promote peace and reduce violence within higher education. Northampton Community College has observed this week of promoting peace for several years, but much like so much else in our current world state the details have changed. The goal of promoting a positive environment within the NCC Community remains the same. This year’s Enough is Enough week will be observed April 5 – 9, 2021.

In previous years members of the NCC community have taken a pledge that “these hands don’t hurt,” or painted their nails to promote awareness of various social concerns. NCC has also participated in the Clothesline Project, a powerful visual display of violence statistics that can go unnoticed. 

Enough Is Enough Week, Promoting awareness of social concerns.
Enough Is Enough Week, statistics that go unnoticed.

This year’s version of Enough is Enough week is filled with events centering on a similar theme and it kicks off with an opportunity for NCC students, faculty, and staff to win some prizes. A bingo event will be held on Monday, April 5 at 7 p.m. Join Dr. Justine Shuey who is Board Certified Sexologist, Certified Sexuality Educator and Professional Speaker to learn more about Healthy Relationships! Prizes for student winners.

Tuesday, April 6 at 11 a.m., we’ll be joined by Lisa Wilson of Turning Point of Lehigh Valley to discuss healthy versus unhealthy relationships. This topic has been a constant in NCC’s Enough is Enough week as positive relationships can have such an impact on one’s self. This will also not be the first time NCC has partnered with Turning Point, a safe place where survivors of domestic and intimate partner abuse and their children can find refuge.

Wednesday, April 7 at 1 p.m., Kimberly Levitt from the Bradbury-Sullivan Center will be opening the session with an in-depth look at gender identity, sexual orientation, and terminology within the LGBTQIA+ community. Meredith Mecca of Turning Point of the Lehigh Valley will be then sharing some information and resources on intimate partner abuse with a specific focus on LGBTQIA+ couples and individuals in a module called Recognize, Respond, Refer: Domestic and Intimate Partner Abuse. Please register using the link.

Thursday, April 8 at 11 a.m. we ask those that are on campus to join us in the parking lot near the soccer field for a short walk, weather permitting. This event has occurred in conjunction with the national organization Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: The International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault, and Gender Violence in the past. You may have seen members of the NCC community walking around in red high-heel shoes to show support to the cause. The shoes can provide the imagery, but the support is more important. A lap in comfortable shoes is welcome.

Enough Is Enough Week, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, 2019.
Enough Is Enough Week, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.

If you cannot be on campus to attend the short walk, we ask that you share your stories of support on social media using the hashtag #NCCWalk1. Stories of survival, triumph, and hardships are welcome as we join together as a community to combat violence.

We also ask for donations to the Women’s Resources Center of Monroe County in support of the cause. The Center engages community through awareness, advocacy, and prevention. They are a nonprofit, community based agency that provides confidential comprehensive services to victims of domestic and/or sexual violence, their families and significant others; prevention education and risk reduction programs in schools and the community, and training to professional who work with the victims of these crimes. Send us proof of your donation to studentlife@northampton.edu and we will send a t-shirt while supplies last.

To round out the week, Liz Ortiz will join us on Friday, April 9 at noon for a discussion on rape culture in the media and how it impacts women with a specific look at women of color. Details are being finalized on these events and more information will be announced shortly. Keep your eye on the events calendar.

Enough Is Enough Week, Elizabeth Ortiz, April 9.

So why April? April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and 2021 marks the 20th anniversary of its official recognition. The movement about awareness and prevention of sexual assault, harassment, and abuse dates back to the 1940s and 50s.

We invite you to share your own words on ending all types of violence during the week and follow along as we share on our Facebook and Instagram pages. For more information or if you have any questions please contact the Office of Student Life and Leadership Development at studentlife@northampton.edu.