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Sexual Assault on Campus: Resources and Real Help

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By Audrey Love A new semester at Southeastern invariably begets some change, and students have already noticed the induction of a new, mandatory program, “Haven – Understanding Sexual Assault.”

Accessible through CampusConnect, the online program is specifically geared toward college students in efforts to educate them on the increasingly relevant issues associated with sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking. Let's Talk About Sexual Assault on College Campuses. The Rapist isn't a Masked Stranger Approximately 4/5 of rapes were committed by someone known to the victim.182% of sexual assaults were perpetrated by a non-stranger.147% of rapists are a friend or acquaintance.125% are an intimate.15% are a relative.1 The Perpetrator's not Hiding in the Bushes Approximately 50% of all rape/sexual assault incidents were reported by victims to have occured within 1 mile of their home or at their home.2.


Please wait... Advanced Search | Search Tips RAINNGear Sort by: Free Print Materials. There is an average of 293,066 victims (age 12 or older) of rape and sexual assault each year.1 Every 107 seconds, another American is sexually assaulted.

Here's the math. According to the U.S. Department of Justice's National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS)--there is an average of 293,066 victims (age 12 or older) of rape and sexual assault each year. Let's Talk About Sexual Assault on College Campuses. Who’s Got Your Back?

Is a safety card designed for college-aged women and men. The card details the high prevalence of sexual assaults on campus, defines consent and offers strategies about how to increase personal safety and prevent sexual assault. Information is included on what to do following an assault, emergency contraception, how to support friends, and tips for male allies.

An estimated one in five women will be the victim of sexual assault during her college years.

In response to this staggering statistic, FUTURES, with generous support from the Avon Foundation for Women, convened a group of experts, and released guidelines to help colleges across the country create campus policies that promote respect and non-violent relationships. Beyond Title IX: Guidelines for Prevention and Responding to Gender Based Violence in Higher Education provides campuses with the tools and resources they need to promote healthy relationships and better support those who have been affected by violence. While Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities, current policies that deal with violence against women on campus do not cover the wide range of offenses that women face on a daily basis – including dating violence, stalking, and sexual assault.

Earlier this week, the Bureau of Justice released a comprehensive study on the prevalence of college sexual assault, incorporating responses from 15,000 women and 8,000 men from nine schools across the United States.

It confirms what we already knew: sexual assault on college campuses is a very serious issue that can’t be ignored. The federally-funded study echoes previous research demonstrating that as many as one in four women experience sexual assault and abuse during their college years. Despite outrageous and unfounded claims aimed at debunking this statistic and perpetuating the cycle of victim-blaming, it’s clear that there is a very real problem at our nation’s universities. While the prevalence of college sexual assault may not come as a surprise to many familiar with the topic, we found the most alarming revelation of the study was that a majority of students who have been sexually assaulted never report it to law enforcement or to their schools.

The question is: why? An estimated one in five women will be the victim of sexual assault during her college years.

In response to this staggering reality, FUTURES works closely with policy makers, student activists, campus administrators, survivors, and more to heighten awareness of the issue, and identify collaborative responses to the complex problem. As a longtime leader in the prevention of gender-based violence on college campuses, FUTURES has developed a suite of resources for activists, stakeholders, and concerned citizens—including our Beyond Title IX Guidelines for campus administrators, Campus Leadership Program to reinforce the intersection of health and gender-based violence prevention, and the Speak Up to take Rape Culture Down conference to facilitate grassroots change.

This problem can only be solved when policy makers, schools, activists, parents, survivors, and students work together to make sexual violence completely unacceptable on and off campus. Print The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Renewal passes the House and Senate and signed into law New law will safely and effectively meet the needs of more victims The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is the cornerstone of our nation's response to domestic and sexual violence.

A strong bipartisan bill to reauthorize VAWA (S. 47) passed in the Senate on February 12, 2013 (78-22) and in the House of Representatives on February 28, 2013 (286-138). Jackson Katz: Violence against women—it's a men's issue. Federal Mandates Documentation The First Report of the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault (May, 2014) Dear Colleague Fast Facts. North Carolina has a large number of rape crisis centers throughout the state that can be of help to you. These centers provide free, confidential referrals and services for sexual assault victims, survivors and their close family and friends. One of the most important services is a hotline that you can call to talk to a trained staff member or volunteer about your feelings and concerns related to the assault. Your conversations with rape crisis center staff are kept private and confidential by North Carolina law. Hotlines and More Information.

Emergencies In an emergency situation, always call 911. Emergency situations include a recent threat of violence, recent act of violence or if someone’s health is in imminent danger. One of Joyful Heart’s first formalized programs was the retreat experience. It began in 2005 as a response to an unmet need to help survivors heal in mind, body and spirit—not as a first response to crisis, but as a “next” response. The retreat program provides options for healing for survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse using a holistic approach to healing, integrating traditional healing methods, like talk therapy and psychoeducation, with modalities such as creative expression, breathwork, yoga, movement, experiencing nature and more—all of which takes place in the nurturing environment of community.

Our approach is grounded in possibility; we seek to elevate the goal of healing from one of survival to a life thriving with possibility and joy. “The retreat really made me feel okay with myself and still, to this day, it made it ok for what I've walked through. I don't feel guilty, I don't feel shame anymore. Ignite Talk: Disciplined Too Young & Too Often. Together we can end domestic violence and sexual assault. Celebrities say "No More" to sexual assault and domestic violence. Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network. Who are the Victims? Breakdown Learn more about statistics related to:WomenMenChildrenCampus Sexual ViolenceEffects of Rape Women 1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime (14.8% completed rape; 2.8% attempted rape).1 17.7 million American women have been victims of attempted or completed rape.1 9 of every 10 rape victims were female in 2003.2 Lifetime rate of rape /attempted rape for women by race:1 All women: 17.6%White women: 17.7%Black women: 18.8%Asian Pacific Islander women: 6.8%American Indian/Alaskan women: 34.1%Mixed race women: 24.4% Men About 3% of American men — or 1 in 33 — have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime.1 From 1995-2010, 9% of rape and sexual assault victims were male.102.78 million men in the U.S. have been victims of sexual assault or rape.1.

Resources Index (via END RAPE ON CAMPUS) The first person a survivor discloses to can define their healing process and greatly impact the years following their assault. Your role as a supporter is critical. If you are concerned that someone you know is contemplating suicide, please see our resources here. Believe the survivor. The rate of 'false' reporting is between 2-8%, which is the same rate as that of other violent crimes. No one asks for or deserves to be sexually assaulted, and it's important to let your friend or loved one know that you believe them. Additionally, when comforting a friend who discloses a sexual assault, it’s important not to minimize their experience. It’s difficult to come forward, even - or especially - to close friends and family members. Listen and do not interrupt. It can be hard to resist asking questions, but remember to give the survivor control of the conversation. Validate emotions. There is no one “right” way for survivors to respond to sexual violence.

Support the survivor's decisions.