Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Support SAAM (Sexual Assault Awareness Month)


Knowledge is power

Every 73 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted. Sexual violence affects hundreds of thousands of Americans each year. One out of every six American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime. While Bloomsburg University uses the terms “Title IX” or “sexual misconduct,” these terms, including sexual assault and sexual violence, go hand-in-hand, along with dating and domestic violence; and all of this violence has a significant impact to the individuals involved.

Bloomsburg University remains committed to addressing sexual misconduct through transparent policies and procedures, advocacy and support, and training, outreach, and education. We strive to focus on cultural change, but also recognize the benefits of risk mitigation and use both concepts in our outreach efforts.

The Women’s Resource Center and Office of Title IX invite the campus community to show support for Sexual Assault Awareness Month throughout April. You can start by participating in our Paint Social Media Teal campaign on April 1. We care, Bloomsburg University cares, so please continue to show you care and support by participating in one of several presentations throughout the month of April.

Your voice has power: believe survivors, end victim blaming, ask for consent, respect boundaries, and together we can change the culture.

Help break down the barriers to reporting sexual assault!

The Majority of Sexual Assaults Are Not Reported to the Police. Only 230 out of every 1,000 sexual assaults are reported to police. That means about three out of four go unreported, according to the Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics, and National Crime Victimization Survey.

Reasons Victims choose not to report:

  • Retaliation
  • Believed the Police would not do anything to help
  • Believed it was a personal matter
  • Believed it was not importation enough to report
  • Did not want to get the perpetrator in trouble
  • Believed the police could not do anything to help
Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Albra Heineman
Coordinator of the Women’s Resource Center

Jennifer Raup
Title IX Coordinator

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13% of all students experience rape or sexual assault through physical force, violence, or incapacitation. (David Cantor, Bonnie Fisher, Susan Chibnall, Reanna Townsend, et. al. Association of American Universities (AAU), Report on the AAU Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct

Only 20% of female student victims, age 18-24, report to law enforcement, according to the Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Rape and Sexual Victimization Among College-Aged Females.

Thursday, April 1

ALL DAY- Paint Social Media Teal
The Women’s Resource Center and Office of Title IX are inviting campus Offices, Departments, University clubs and organizations, and individual faculty, staff, and students to change profile pics and add SAAM facts and support information on all available social media accounts on April 1, 2021! Or tag, like, or link to the Women’s Resource Center’s social media posts on April 1! Facebook Twitter Instagram

» Want to post something original on your social media?

3 p.m. — Breaking Down the Barriers to Reporting
The majority of sexual assaults go unreported. Victims choose not to report for a number of different reasons such as fear of retaliation, a belief that Police will not help, a fear of not being believed, or a feeling of guilt for what occurred. Join Bloomsburg University and community panelists for a discussion on breaking down the stigma of sexual assault and the barriers to reporting. Zoombloomu.zoom.us/j/99861692209

    Albra Heineman, Coordinator of the Women’s Resource Center
    Jennifer Raup, Title IX Coordinator
    Sergeant Heather Comstock, Bloomsburg University Police
    Sergeant Andrew Hirko, Bloomsburg University Police
    Janelle Neidig, Columbia County Victim Witness Program Director
    Tanya Gallagher, Adult Counselor/Advocate, Beyond Violence, Berwick

Wednesday, April 7

6 p.m. — Dr. Jackson Katz
Jackson Katz, Ph.D., is an educator, author, and global thought leader who is renowned for his pioneering scholarship and activism on issues of gender, race and violence. He is co-founder of the multi-racial, mixed-gender Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program, one of the longest-running and most widely influential gender violence prevention programs in North America and beyond. MVP was the first large-scale gender violence prevention initiative in sports culture and the U.S. military, and the program that introduced the “bystander” approach to the field. He is the founder and president of MVP Strategies, which provides sexual harassment and gender violence prevention training for small and large corporations, educational institutions and community organizations.

In addition to his prevention efforts, he is the author of two books: The classic bestseller The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women & How All Men Can Help, and Man Enough: Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton & the Politics of Presidential Masculinity, and his work has been adapted into a number of acclaimed educational documentaries, including The Bystander Moment: Transforming Rape Culture at its Roots. He is also the creator of the award-winning Tough Guise documentary film series, and has appeared in numerous other popular films, including Miss Representation, The Mask You Live In, and Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes. Zoombloomu.zoom.us/j/99736164491

Monday, April 12 to Wednesday, April 14

Kehr Union Multi A and B

The Clothesline Project is a non-governmental organization created to bring awareness to the issue of violence against women, men and children. For those who've been affected by violence, it's a means of expressing their emotions by decorating a T-shirt. After the shirts have been decorated, they're hung on a clothesline display. The intention of the display is to honor survivors and act as a memorial for victims. It's also intended to aid in the healing process for those who were directly affected and those who've lost someone special to violence. Lastly, the clothesline display is to educate society and promote awareness, as well as to document violent crimes against women.

What I Wore: “What were you wearing?” It’s a question people ask survivors of sexual violence all too often; a question wrought with victim-blaming and an implication that, maybe, the survivor could’ve prevented their assault if they had worn something less revealing, less sexy. This powerful art exhibit, which will be on display, aims to debunk this myth. The exhibit features stories of sexual violence and representations of what each victim was wearing at the time of their assault.
» Live reading on Wednesday, April 14, at noon! Zoombloomu.zoom.us/j/94574922684

Tuesday, April 13

6 p.m. — Colleen from Transitions of PA – What Sex Trafficking looks like Zoombloomu.zoom.us/j/94190615652

Wednesday, April 14

6 p.m. — Brittany Piper - After the Assault: Healing through Self-Care for Survivors and Their Peers Brittany Piper
Critical conversations surrounding sexual assault have never been more important. But as prevention programs take precedence, we must also support recovery processes for survivors and their peers. As a survivor, healing coach and advocate who’s worked in rape crisis centers around the globe, Brittany Piper understands the severity of maintaining a self-care routine. From battling with shame, depression, addiction, anxiety, PTSD, eating disorders, and secondary traumatic stress, these are the challenges individuals face after being exposed to trauma. In this program, participants will be guided through emotional, mental and body exercises designed to root out the toxins sexual assault leaves in its wake. In addition, each will receive a self-care workbook, empowering them to support themselves and others in healing. Zoomhttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/82314344740

Friday, April 16

Show your support for SAAM by taking the Huskies Don’t Harm Pledge.
Download the pledge here or contact the Title IX Office or Women’s Resource Center for a pledge card. Then post a pic demonstrating your pledge and be entered to win prizes (Starbucks gift card, End Sexual Violence T-Shirt, or movie-theatre size candy). Facebook Twitter Instagram

2:30 p.m. — Huskies Baseball Strikeout Sexual Violence
Follow the Huskies all season long on Twitter (@BUCoachCollins), Facebook (@BUHuskies), and Instagram (@BUHuskies)

New! Online Mini-Training Modules

The Title IX Office encourages faculty, staff, and students to learn more about how to report sexual misconduct and what happens after a report by viewing the below online mini training modules. The modules are meant to be quick reference tools to learn more about reporting and what happens after a report.

Online Mini-Training Modules
Online Mini-Training Modules

Myths vs. Facts

MYTH: False allegations of rape are common.
FACT: Estimates put the number of false reports around 2%. This is no higher than false reports for any other crime.

MYTH: Men can’t be raped.
FACT: Men can be and are sexually assaulted. Men in same-sex relationships often face the most stigma and prejudice. Gender roles dictate that males are expected to be strong, self-reliant and able to “fend” off an assault.

MYTH: Most sexual assaults are committed by strangers.
FACTS: 90% of sexual assaults are committed by someone the victim knows.

MYTH: Domestic violence usually only happens in married couples.
FACT: 1/3 of all high school and college-aged people experience violence in an intimate or dating relationship.

MYTH: If they didn’t struggle or fight back then it wasn’t sexual assault.
FACT: Submission does not equal consent. A lack of "no" does not mean “yes."

MYTH: Victims provoke sexual assault by flirting, wearing sexy clothes or getting drunk
FACT: The belief that a victim can “provoke” a sexual assault is built on the idea that perpetrators cannot control themselves.

MYTH: Once consent is given to sexual contact it cannot be withdrawn.
FACT: Consent is not a binding contract that relinquishes all subsequent decision-making power and gives a person complete control over another’s body.

Prevention

Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Reporting

BU Cares! Huskies Don’t Harm!

Report sexual misconduct, sexual assault, or sexual violence here!

Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Title IX Coordinator: 570-389-4808
jraup@bloomu.edu or titleIXcoord@bloomu.edu

Office of the Dean of Students (student cases only)
Kehr Union Building, Room 101
570-389-4734

Women’s Resource Center (campus) (student cases only)
Schuylkill Hall
570-389-5283

Monday to Friday after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends:

    Emergency: 911/Police
    University Police: 570-389-2211
    Town Police: 570-784-4155
    Beyond Violence (Berwick): 570-759-0298
    Women’s Center Inc., Victim Advocates (Town of Bloomsburg): 24/7 at 1-800-544-8293
    Mental Health: TAP Line 1-800-222-9016

How can I help?

  • Examine which aspects of your own beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors need to be challenged
  • Avoid using language that objectifies
  • Educate yourself!
  • Do not let stereotypes shape your actions.
  • Participate in education and outreach opportunities to spread awareness to others
  • Reach out! Speak out! Name injustices! Be an Active Bystander!
  • Build community with “people like us,” and “people different from us”
  • Be a role model and ally
  • Transform systems using your sphere of influence
  • Take care of self
  • Always communicate with sexual partners and do not assume consent!
  • Let survivors know that it is not their fault!