Alexandra Badgett, Miss North Carolina 2019, coming to Elon on Oct. 29

Badgett will speak about her platform, No Is Not Enough (N.I.N.E), which seeks to address sexual assault on campus.

CREDE will host an evening with Miss North Carolina, Alexandra Badgett, from 5:30 to 7:17 p.m. on Oct. 29 in Belk Pavilion Room 208. The event is presented with support from AAASE and the Omicron Iota Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated. Badgett will speak about her social impact initiative, No Is Not Enough (N.I.N.E).

Miss North Carolina 2019 Alexandra Badget

Badgett, originally from Denver, N.C., earned the title of Miss North Carolina 2019 on June 22 representing Jacksonville. Badgett graduated from the University of South Carolina Honors College with a bachelor of science degree in business administration. Her initiative, N.I.N.E.,  aims to deepen the message of the anti-rape anthem “no means no.”

From her website:  “An encounter dealing with sexual assault happens to one in five women and one in sixteen men during their collegiate years. These figures are unacceptable but unfortunately, not surprising given the fact that this violation occurs in the U.S. every 98 seconds. These numbers are devastating, but they do not need to be our future.

“The program will follow an ‘EPIC’ marketing plan; stressing the importance of educating individuals on preventive measures and public policies, providing survivor outlets, informing students of resources and confirming Title IX Regulations are being followed. Dedication to prevention and support is achieved through several of N.I.N.E’s initiatives.

“The first step to assist in lowering the number of sexual assaults across the state was making sure individuals are aware of their rights, resources, and have a clear understanding of what sexual assault is. The goal is to assure students of a support system while raising reporting numbers. By introducing a zero-tolerance policy across college campuses it eliminates the safe place for individuals to harass and assault victims, eventually eliminating the violence altogether.

“The program will partner with several nonprofit organizations across the nation to expand its mission while eliminating sexual violence in all realms. While the initial focus is college campuses this is a crime that does not discriminate based on age, race, or gender, therefore, has much room for growth and expansion. We must come together as a community, a state, and an organization to enhance knowledge and empower change.”