Parents Take Action!
As a parent, you have tremendous influence over the college administrators who determine the sexual assault policy at your child's school. No one wants to think about their child getting hurt or hurting someone else, but not thinking about it won't make the possibility go away. There are things you can do to help protect your child, and his or her peers.
You can begin to take action by looking up the sexual assault policy at your child's school. Is the school currently missing from the Campus Accountability Project Policies Database?
Encourage your child or their friends to submit their policy research today! You can send this template e-mail about the project and serve as a support person to improve the current policy at their school.
For ten more things you can do, check out our list of suggestions for parents who want to fight sexual assault on college campuses.
The College Search
A powerful way for parents to impact sexual assault policies is through the college search process. SAFER gives 1.5 hour presentations for parents of high school students in the New York City area who are deciding where to apply for college and their students. The presentation will help you determine if a college is taking sexual assault seriously. Topics we address include: How do you find campus crime statistics? What do they mean? What does a better sexual assault policy look like? What can parents and students do to improve a school's prevention and response activities?
The fee for this presentation supports SAFER’s programs. To arrange to bring us to your school, please contact us by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions To Ask During Campus Tours
You can order postcards with the below questions for your friends or to pass out at school events, like college nights. Click on the postcard for ordering information.
- Where may I find statistics on sexual assault at your school for the past few years? (Are the statistics online? How easily can they be accessed? Schools are legally required to make annual reports. )
- What is the campus sexual assault policy and may I have a copy of it? (Schools are legally required to have a policy and to distribute it to students.)
- What resources at your school are dedicated to sexual assault? (Look for a combination of crisis center, counseling, and education and awareness programs. Blue lights and escort services alone, while important, are not enough.)
- Does your school offer a sexual assault prevention program? (Look for programs aimed at preventing people from becoming perpetrators, not just rape whistles. The school should also provide more than a one-time program during orientation week.)
- Are campus police and school personnel trained to handle sexual assault? (Everyone that a student might approach, such as a resident advisor or a faculty member, should be trained. Even better, everyone on campus should be trained in sexual assault prevention.)
- What processes or procedures would my child go through if s/he were raped or sexually assaulted? ( Will s/he have immediate access to emergency contraception and HIV prophylaxis? Is there a simple, easy to initiate system for making a report? Can s/he report anonymously?)
- What are the disciplinary procedures for cases of sexual assault? (Look for clear, specific disciplinary procedures that are easy for students to understand and widely publicized. Better policies will provide immunity to complainants from disciplinary action for lesser offenses such as underage drinking.)