Sexual Health Innovations is Creating a new Sexual Assault and Harassment Reporting System for College Campuses

Sexual Health Innovations, a non-profit dedicated to creating technology that improves sexual health and wellbeing, is planning to create a new sexual assault and harassment reporting system for college campuses. The primary goal of the system is to improve the experience of reporting and to give students more agency in the reporting process.

Before we start building the system, we want to make sure we are creating something that will truly work for the people that will need it. To do this, we are holding our first focus group for young women and men (ages 18-30) that experienced sexual assault while in college. This focus group will meet in New York City on Saturday 5-7pm, November 23rd. It will be really informal – we want to discuss the journey of processing an assault, to learn about participants’ ideal resolution and reporting systems, and to receive input into our proposed system. If you are interested in joining for this or future meetings of this focus group, email Jess at jess@sexualhealthinnovations.org and we will give you details about the location ASAP.

Please keep in mind that we need to keep this a safe space for everyone involved and confidentiality for participants will be of the utmost importance.

Upcoming Event: New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault Denim Day 2013!

From the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault! Denim Day 2013 Op-ed Contest: $2500 in prizes to be awarded!

The Alliance joins all five NYC Borough Presidents and our partners in the Denim Day Planning Committee in announcing an op-ed writing contest for NYC college students in recognition of Denim Day 2013. Undergraduate students currently enrolled in 2- or 4-year degree programs at colleges and universities located within the 5 boroughs are eligible to submit op-ed’s on the Denim Day theme of “Telling the Truth About Sexual Violence.” Five winning entries – one representing each borough – will win $500 each, and will be recognized at the Denim Day 2013 rally on the steps of City Hall. Contest deadline is April 8, 2013, 5:00pm. Visit the Denim Day website for the Official Contest Rules. http://denimdaynyc.org/opedrules/

Apply for SAFER’s Board of Directors Today!

Students Active for Ending Rape (SAFER) is devoted to empowering college students to change how their schools prevent and respond to sexual violence by providing them with resources to help build successful grassroots sexual assault policy reform campaigns. SAFER trains students in effective organizing tactics and encourage them to examine the overlapping links between sexual assault and all forms of individual and institutional violence. Our goal is to ensure that every college puts in place prevention programs, crisis services, disciplinary procedures, and community outreach programs that challenge the oppressions that ultimately cause sexual violence.

SAFER is operated and governed by a diverse Board of Directors. The Board of Directors works as a volunteer collective, determining the policies and overall strategy of this nationally recognized nonprofit, largely operating by consensus. This intimate connection to the work and the field provides each member of the Board with an opportunity to actively create social change while gaining professional nonprofit management experience in a non-hierarchical setting. Our approach to running the organization provides a platform to strengthen one’s personal and professional skills while connecting to a greater network of like-minded advocates and activists.

Our volunteer board members work hard to contribute to the organization’s mission, but we also understand that as volunteers, our board members have other commitments in their lives. Ideally, we hope that board members will contribute in many of the following areas:

  • Communications
  • Fundraising
  • Evaluations
  • Trainings
  • Student Outreach
  • Policy Database

Skills & Qualifications

  • Highly collaborative style but also comfortable working largely independently, with minimal supervision. As a volunteer position, it is important to know how to maintain and manage one’s workload.
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy, the ability to prioritize and organize multiple projects, meet deadlines, problem-solve and multi-task
  • Experience fundraising for nonprofits
  • Sincere commitment to the social justice movement
  • A background with student activism is a plus

Meetings and commitment:

Minimum of one year, with an average commitment of three to five hours per week. Board members must reside in the New York Metro Area and are responsible for raising $500 per year. SAFER holds monthly board meetings, which are currently scheduled for the second Tuesday of the month, 7:00p.m – 9:00p.m at SAFER’s downtown Manhattan office. (Dates are subject to change)

Board members are active participants in the organization’s overall planning and fundraising efforts and communicate frequently via email.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to davinia@safercampus.org. SAFER is committed to maintaining a diverse organization and we will actively recruit people of color, people with disabilities, and people with diverse gender and sexual identities.

 

SAFER is looking for a New York-based Communications Coordinator! Interested? Apply today!

Students Active for Ending Rape (SAFER) is devoted to empowering college students to change how their schools prevent and respond to sexual violence by providing them with resources to help build successful grassroots sexual assault policy reform campaigns. SAFER trains students in effective organizing tactics and encourage them to examine the overlapping links between sexual assault and all forms of individual and institutional violence. Our goal is to ensure that every college puts in place prevention programs, crisis services, disciplinary procedures, and community outreach programs that challenge the oppressions that ultimately cause sexual violence.

SAFER is operated and governed by a diverse Board of Directors. The Board of Directors works as a volunteer collective, determining the policies and overall strategy of this nationally recognized nonprofit, largely operating by consensus. This intimate connection to the work and the field provides each member of the Board with an opportunity to actively create social change while gaining professional nonprofit management experience in a non-hierarchical setting. Our approach to running the organization provides a platform to strengthen one’s personal and professional skills while connecting to a greater network of like-minded advocates and activists.

Our volunteer board members work hard to contribute to the organization’s mission, but we also understand that as volunteers, our board members have other commitments in their lives. Ideally, we hope that the Communications Coordinator will contribute in many of the following areas:

  • Manage the development, distribution, and maintenance of print and electronic collateral including, but not limited to, SAFER’s website, newsletters, blog, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, and promotional materials.
  • Write and distribute press releases as needed. Assist with writing and editing of documents and materials as needed.
  • Manage and respond to media requests; assist or serve as a spokesperson and point person on media interactions that help promote and/or impact the organization.
  • Actively engage, cultivate, and manage media relationships to ensure coverage surrounding SAFER’s programs, special events, announcements, and other projects.
  • Add, update and maintain SAFER contact list, including, but not limited to, media contacts, student groups and journalists, and women’s centers.
  • Submit a project report and any proposed agenda items to the Chair a week prior to the monthly Board meeting.

Meetings & Commitment

Minimum of one year, with an average commitment of three to five hours per week. Board members must reside in the New York Metro Area and are responsible for a $500 Give/Get contribution. SAFER holds monthly board meetings, which are currently scheduled for the second Tuesday of the month, 7:00p.m – 9:00p.m at SAFER’s downtown Manhattan office. (Dates are subject to change)

Board members are active participants in the organization’s overall planning and fundraising efforts and communicate frequently via email.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (no more than two pages, public relations or blog-style writing preferred) to davinia@safercampus.org by August 31, 2012. SAFER is committed to maintaining a diverse organization and we will actively recruit people of color, people with disabilities, and people with diverse gender and sexual identities.

Futures Without Violence Seeks Boston-Based Students for Campus Violence Advisory Board

Futures Without Violence is looking for current students in the Boston area to serve on their student advisory board for campus violence programs. Reach out to contact@safercampus.org if you or someone you know might be interested!

Most everyone is familiar with the phrase “freshman 15,” which traditionally describes the extra 15 pounds that college students gain in their first year of college. In light of the fact that the first semester, or 15 weeks, is the most dangerous for female freshmen, with increased incidents of rape and sexual assault on U.S. college campuses, we are repositioning the phrase for a public campaign. (Kimble, 2008).

Our “Safe On Campus” campaign will continue to build momentum during the seven months of the school year that follow – with calls for policy change, strategies for prevention and intervention on U.S. campuses, and targeted media outreach to raise visibility of this issue. The primary objective is to increase the number of Schools that are willing to create comprehensive prevention and response policies as outlined in Beyond Title IX: Guidelines for Preventing and Responding to Gender-based violence in Higher Education.

The campaign will contain five elements: A Boston based “Freshman 15” Summit to encourage student activism and engagement, a national student award program, a parent survey, material development, and communications focusing on outreach to college administrators and the media. Descriptions of each element are included below.

Student Activism and Engagement

The campaign will launch with a day-long summit focusing on the increased risk of sexual assault during the first 15 weeks of freshman year. Fifteen student leaders from multiple universities will be recruited to plan and organize the summit in Boston for September 2012 for 250 attendees. The Freshman 15 Summit will attract media attention through an agenda that includes performances, workshops, leadership plenary session, social media objectives, and national award program announcement by celebrity appearance. The award program will incentivize students to organize on their college campuses and engage their presidents in the solutions to gender based violence.

Parents as Influencers

Hart Research and Associates will develop a national survey for parents of high school aged college bound students (juniors and seniors) and college freshman and sophomores asking question about their beliefs and knowledge about sexual and physical violence on campus and what they are willing to do about it. The data will be released prior to Boston Summit and used to inform creative concepts and tools for parents as well as provide the foundation for a PR outreach campaign.

Material Development/Communications

Futures Without Violence will create a series of tools that includes distilling policy guidelines to “Top 15”, creating a “Top 15 things To Pack When You Go off to College” worksheet and a series of adaptable roommate/friend/team/fraternity agreements. We will also partner with LipmanHearne PR for to create communications materials and to conduct outreach to national media and function as a liaison with college administrators. All of these materials and efforts will tie into a social media campaign to advance prevention of sexual assault and promote the guidelines.

The results of the twelve month campaign will be: 1). Increased implementation of the guidelines on college campuses throughout the country 2). Increased awareness of solutions to gender based violence and increased interventions during first 15 weeks of school, particularly for freshman women. 3). Increased numbers of presidents as spokespeople and 4). More parents talking to their teens and schools as they head off to college.

Queerocracy Presents QRASH: Queers Resisting All Street Harassment

Here’s a great opportunity for folks living in New York City. Queerocracy has organized a training focused on resisting street harassment that will take place on June 2, 2012, from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. It’s free and open to everyone. Check out the details below if you’re interested. To register for this event, click here.

JUNE 2, 2012 | 1-5 PM

THE LGBT CENTER

208 West 13th Street (between 7th & 8th Ave)
Room 301

Join QUEEROCRACY at this training to resist street harassment of all forms! The event is free of cost and open to everyone.

Reclaiming our power and our voices that can feel lost and silenced when faced with public harassment.

Uncovering the causes of street harassment.

Learning to be effective witnesses and confident survivors of public harassment.

Speaking out & telling our stories.

1:00: check in, visit tables of partnering organizations
1:30: introduction, background & causation of street harassment
2:30: strategies for survivors of street harassment
3:30: strategies for witnesses of street harassment
4:15: speak out & story sharing

If your organization is interested in presenting or tabling at this event, please contact: Megan Mulholland at megan@queerocracy.org.

If transportation fees would prevent you from attending, please let Alli Lindner know at lindner.ap@gmail.com.

Help New Yorkers for Safe Transit Reach Their Goal!

A few weeks ago, SAFER posted about a survey that is currently being conducted by New Yorkers for Safe Transit. This great organization is trying to get a sense of the types of violence and harassment that are actually occurring in our communities. Their goal is to reach 2,000 surveys by June 15, and they need your help! If you use New York City public transportation and you haven’t already taken this survey, please check it out and share it with your friends!

Twitter Movement Highlights Underreporting #ididnotreport

Trigger warning for disclosures of sexual assault 

Many of SAFER’s social media-savvy readers have probably already heard about this, but, if you haven’t, it’s worth checking out. Just a few days ago, feminist activists from across the pond coined #ididnotreport, and survivors began bravely disclosing their unreported experiences of sexual assault via Twitter. Here are a few powerful examples:

Absolutely nothing but blame was placed on me after my first 2 assaults. #ididnotreport the most recent. Couldn’t go through that again. -Colleen

#ididnotreport any of them because I’d been taught that it was only rape if violence or threats were used. -Merinnan

An anonymous friend: “#ididnotreport because I’m male, and no one would have believed me.” -imbecillis

So far, survivors and people close to survivors have sent 3,493 tweets using #ididnotreport. Did you or someone you know choose not to report after a sexual assault for fear of poor treatment by school administrators or disbelieving friends, law enforcement officials, etc.? Head over to Twitter and get involved in this amazing social-media movement to shed light on the troubling phenomenon of underreporting.

Apply NOW for FlipIt!

Are you an undergraduate student currently residing in or around New York City? SAFER has teamed up with NOW-NYC and A Long Walk Home for FlipIt: Students Organizing Against Violence, a free, one-day student summit and interactive workshop focused on campus organizing, policy reform, and using art for social change. Students of color, students with disabilities, LGBTQQI students, and men are encouraged to apply. I’ve included a brief summary of the day’s activities below, but you can head over to the conference’s Facebook page to learn more.

• Receive in-depth training on sexual assault and campus policy with anti-violence and advocacy experts
• Build a new school peer-group that will work together to make change on your campus
• Connect with local organizations and leaders in activism
• Become part of a new city-wide network of students and student leaders working to stop sexual assault

The event will be held at Pace University on April 14, 2012, but the application deadline is right around the corner. Make sure to apply by March 12, 2012!