The Office of Violence Against Women (OVW), California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA), and CALCASA’s National Campus Advisory Board developed guidelines and standards to implement a Coordinated Community Response Team.
This three page document emphasizes how the Violence Against Women Act of 2005 included a provision stating that grant funds could be used to “support improved coordination among campus administrators, campus security personnel, and local law enforcement to reduce domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking on campus”.
Read through these standards of CCR to guide schools in creating their own CCR teams based on the needs of their campus.
In an article authored by Kayla Epstein from The Guardian, she and a couple of editors ask to hear from students attending the eighty-five schools under investigation for Title IX violations by the Department of Education, who want to share their experiences about their universities after a sexual assault on campus. The article stated:
Since we are hoping to show what it’s like for a student to report a sexual assault on campus, The Guardian will use the responses for a separate article featuring excerpts of responders’ stories, to be published at a later date.
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This College Student’s Guide to Safety Planning provided by Love is Respect (.org) lays out how college students can prepare not only to orient themselves with their surroundings but have a plan on how to evade abusers or repeat harassers on campus. This guide helps to solidify emotional distress caused by dating violence trauma or sexual violence trauma against a student.
Campus and Sexual Violence Resources by American College Health Association is an index page of American College Health Association (ACHA) resources and external resources on the topic of campus sexual assault. Resources include association projects, programs, publications, guidelines, and more.
Click through the above links to read the resources.
AAUW has been empowering women as individuals and as a community since 1881. For more than 130 years, we have worked together as a national grassroots organization to improve the lives of millions of women and their families.
To read the AAUW talking-points memo on campus sexual assault click here, or to read about funding for sexual assault prevention initiatives click here.
Started by Columbia University students in 2000, Students Active for Ending Rape (SAFER) is the only organization that fights sexual violence and rape culture by empowering student-led campaigns to reform college sexual assault policies. Run by a volunteer collective, SAFER facilitates student organizing through a comprehensive training manual; in-person workshops and trainings; free follow-up; our Campus Sexual Assault Policies Database; and a growing online resource library and network for student organizers. SAFER firmly believes that sexual violence is both influenced by and contributes to multiple forms of oppression, including racism, sexism, and homo/transphobia, and view our anti-sexual violence work through a broader anti-oppression lens.
For more resources by SAFER:
Moving Beyond Blue Lights and Buddy Systems: A National Study of Student Anti-Rape Activists
Title IX and Sexual Assault: Know Your Rights and Your College’s Responsibilities
Today CALCASA hosted a web conference, “Engaging Campuses and Communities for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.” This web conference was part of the Campus Web Conference Series and had presentations from The University of Oregon and The New School who produced campaigns to saturate their campuses with messages about consent. Joining us to talk about the University of Oregon’s campaign was Abigail Leeder, Director, Sexual Violence Prevention & Education at the University of Oregon. From The New School the members of the sexual assault awareness and response team spoke about their development of the “Yes Means Yes” campaign:
- Rhiannon Auriemma, undergraduate student, Feminist Collective founder, Health Promotion Specialist – Wellness and Health Promotion
- Tracy Robin, Assistant Vice President, Student Health and Support Service
- Maureen Sheridan, Director, Student Support and Crisis Management
- Hannah Stravers, graduate student, Head Resident – Stuyvesant Park Residence Hall, Graduate Assistant – Student Support Office
Topics covered were how their campaigns were developed, barriers they faced, and how they worked with their campus community to spread awareness. In addition, the web conference highlighted how campuses can collaborate with local rape crisis centers to engage the broader community for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Jessica Renee Napier, CALCASA’s Media & Communication Specialist, shared the collaborative events being done around the country between campuses and their rape crisis centers. To download the PowerPoint from the web conference click here. To view the recording from the web conference click here.