Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a campaign to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on how to prevent it. We want to take this opportunity to state our support in this campaign, as among undergraduate students, 23.1% of females and 5.4% of males experience rape or sexual assault through physical force, violence, or incapacitation.*
For survivors of sexual violence: You are not alone. There are confidential resources on campus and beyond. We will be providing contact information for these resources around our building, and educating the staff on how to best support survivors of sexual violence.
For all of us: Take time this month to further educate yourself and others on sexual violence and consent. Consider the organizations, clubs, & friend groups of which you are a part and determine what changes could create a greater awareness and prevention of sexual violence. Engage in a conversation with your friends about what it means not to be a passive bystander.
Here are some places to start:
*David Cantor, Bonnie Fisher, Susan Chibnall, Reanna Townsend, et. al. Association of American Universities (AAU), Report on the AAU Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct (September 21, 2015). (“Victim services agency” is defined in this study as a “public or privately funded organization that provides victims with support and services to aid their recovery, offer protection, guide them through the criminal justice process, and assist with obtaining restitution.” RAINN presents this data for educational purposes only, and strongly recommends using the citations to review any and all sources for more information and detail.)