In 2010 for Sexual Assault Awareness Month the NSVRC (National Sexual Violence Resource Center) put together a Campus Sexual Violence Resource List of resources to facilitate group collaboration and development of programs. Topics listed include primary prevention, policy information, statistics, training tools and resources, and public education materials.
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:
This Sexual Assault Bill of Rights created by the University of Wisconsin-Madison University Health Services outlines how each level of government (Federal, State, and Institution) affords certain rights and protections for students victims of sexual assault.
While this is specific to the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, other schools may be inspired to form their own Sexual Assault Bill of Rights and bring attention to the kinds of rights and protections students have in a specific state filing a sexual assault report (if they choose to report, ask for an investigation, etc).
In Volume 7, Issue 3 of the SAFVIC On the Scene Newsletter Gary J. Margolis & Steven J. Healy write about the role of law enforcement and Title IX. In this article, Margolis and Healy clarify what the responsibilities of campus and/or local law enforcement in helping schools comply with federal law. They further elaborate the role of law enforcement in compliance with Title IX.
Click here to read the article.
The documents below are designed to accompany the Model Policy on Response to Victims of Crime established by the IACP National Law Enforcement Policy Center. They provide essential background material and supporting documentation on the developmental philosophy and implementation requirements of the model policy.
This material will be of value to law enforcement executives in their efforts to tailor the model to the requirements and circumstances of their communities and their law enforcement agencies.
In conjunction to the IACP Sexual Assault Reports, the Sexual Assault Supplemental Report Form is a sample report form recommended to guide reporting, recording, and investigation of all alleged sexual assault incidents. The information required to fill the form may change depending on each campus neighborhood, community district, and city.
The following guidelines and interview strategies are based upon national best practices regarding sexual assault incident investigations and were developed in collaboration with local, state, and federal law enforcement, prosecutors, advocates, medical, and forensic professionals. The goal of these guidelines is to support officers and departments in preparing sexual assault cases for successful prosecution through detailed case documentation and thorough investigations.
To read the IACP Sexual Assault Incident Report click here.
The Campus Violence Prevention Resource Guides were developed by the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault in 2003, with funding from the Grants to Reduce Violent Crimes Against Women on Campus Program through the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Violence Against Women Office. These guides are designed to help colleges and universities implement and maintain violence prevention educational programs and effective policies and procedures in response to violence against women on campus, including sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, and to improve campus services for victims and survivors of campus violence.
There are eleven guides total, of which there are ten audience-specific guides and one overview guide. Click on their titles below to download each guide.
- Campus Violence Prevention Resource Guides (Overview)
- for Deans and Administrators
- for Faculty and Teaching Assistants
- for Greeks and Athletes
- for Health Center Staff
- for Judicial Affairs Representatives
- for Law Enforcement and Campus Security
- for Peer Educators
- for Presidents, Chancellors, Provosts
- for Resident Assistants / Advisors
- for Student Government
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.