Discourse / Letters / May 25, 2011

Letters to the Editor: A note of appreciation for ASSK

During the spring of 2009, I was approached by two students requesting feedback on their proposal for a peer support group that would provide a safe space for survivors of sexual assault. This proposal was based on extensive research that had been conducted by these two, then sophomore students during the fall and winter term of the 2008-2009 academic year. They had, and still have, an intense passion to help students at Knox who had experienced a traumatic event at some point in their life. These two students presented their work to members of the Student Development Administration who were extremely impressed. After additional planning meetings, they were given support from the Office of Student Development and the Counseling Center to move forward with their program. With advising support from the Center for Intercultural Life, the Assault Survivor Support at Knox (ASSK) peer facilitated group held their first meeting in the spring of 2010. Throughout the course of this academic year, these two students have stayed committed to offering the services of the group consistently every other week and in the strictest confidence. Since they are both graduating seniors, I felt that it was time for them to receive the recognition that they so very much deserve. Thank you to Arianna Timko and Amelia Garcia for the countless hours of dedication to this effort. From inception to implementation, you two have shown maturity, compassion and dedication. You will be missed.

Tianna Cervantez

Advisor for ASSK

Tina Cervantez

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