Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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This morning PrezBo sent out an email about Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  This is especially poignant now in light of recent local incidents and different debates.  Bollinger writes, “Sexual assault is an act of violence that takes many forms and exists across society, and it is a problem demanding special attention in university communities.  In addition to the unacceptably high incidence of sexual assault on college campuses, these assaults too frequently go unreported, and survivors can face special challenges when an offender resides in their dorm or attends the same class.”  He linked to the university’s policy on sexual assault and gender-based misconduct and reminded students of various on-campus resources, which we list below.

The University’s Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center: 212- 854-HELP
The Men’s Peer Education Program
Columbia’s Health Services
The University’s Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Program (SVPRP)
Counseling and Psychological Services (Columbia): 212-854-2878
Rosemary Furman Counseling Center (Barnard): 212-854-2092 

Nightline Peer Counseling: 212-854-7777
Office of the University Chaplain: 212-854-1493

National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE

The annual Take Back the Night rally, march, and speakout will be occurring tonight at 8 pm.  College-aged females are at the greatest risk of rape, with TBTN reporting that 27 out of every 1000 undergrad women report being sexually assaulted, equating to over 150 female students at CU each year, while 40% of rapes go unreported.  Please do not fear speaking to your peers, friends, administrators, and to the resources above.  Despite what it sometimes may seem, people honestly care about each other and will be there for you, judgement free.


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  1. Anonymous  

    I think there may be a typo happening here - the statistics are much closer to 27 in 100 than to 20 in 1000. Confer: http://www.oneinfourusa.org/statistics.php and http://www.rainn.org/get-information/statistics/sexual-assault-victims

  2. Anonymous

    Yeah its nice that Columbia is attempting to spread awareness about sexual violence and assault. Too bad that if you're a victim here, your assailant won't get expelled, its pretty much just a slap on the wrist. In fact, the administration here pressure girls not to go to the police and to just keep it internal. So all you guys should know: feel free to assault anyone you want. You won't get in trouble.

  3. Anonymous  

    If anyone is interested in learning more about the resources on and off campus, V-Day is hosting this event on Monday: http://www.facebook.com/events/199040640215372/

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