Harper College hosts Students Fight Back program

Harper College in Palatine hosted a Students Fight Back program Tuesday aimed to help men and women stand together against sexual violence and rape culture.

The organization stems from Girls Fight Back, which was created in response to the June 2001 murder of Rolling Meadows resident and Harper College alumna Shannon McNamara, who was killed during her senior year at Eastern Illinois University.

Among the topics covered by the program are using one's intuition, the definition of consent, how to support a survivor, being an active bystander, setting personal boundaries, verbal de-escalation skills and the basics of self-defense.

  Nicole Snell, senior national speaker for the Students Fight Back program, addresses the faculty and students of Harper College in Palatine on Tuesday. The program, which stems from the organization of Girls Fight Back, aims to help men and women stand together against the violence. Mark Welsh/
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