April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This is a valuable time to educate your students, faculty, and staff about the pervasiveness of sexual violence and the measures they can take to prevent and address it in your community. According to RAINN, 26.4% of female undergraduates and 6.8% of male undergraduates experience rape or sexual assault. A CDC study on youth risk behavior found that approximately 10% of high school students were sexually assaulted in 2017. Unfortunately, the ACLU reports that more than 95% of campus rapes are not reported.
As a result of the pandemic, some community members may be living at home with an abuser and at a higher risk for sexual violence, while others may be grappling with prior trauma. Additionally, as students increasingly rely on online learning and communication channels, including social media platforms, they may face online harassment. Vector Solutions, and our LiveSafe platform, are here to help.
Whether your institution is operating in person, online, or a hybrid, the threat of sexual assault and harassment and its repercussions remains. This Sexual Assault Awareness Month, use this Toolkit to increase awareness and improve prevention in your community.
Stand Up to Sexual Assault Infographic visualizes the eye-opening statistics about sexual violence and harassment in our communities.
Post this infographic on social media sites and student and faculty communication channels to build awareness around these issues and resources available to help students, faculty, and staff who are victims of sexual violence or harassment.
Sexual Assault Awareness Poster provides important information regarding sexual assaults on college campuses and at schools.
Share this poster with students and faculty to build awareness of the resources available to your community. Although students and faculty may not be on campus, the need for resources remains.
Sexual Assault Awareness PSA provides first-hand accounts of the threat and impacts of sexual assault.
Share this video with students to demonstrate the pervasive and impactful nature of sexual assault and harassment.
Seven Strategic Prevention Planning Rules White Paper presents expert tips to educate faculty and staff about sexual assault prevention strategies.
Share this white paper with faculty and staff to promote sexual assault awareness and prevention and to cultivate change in your campus climate regarding sexual assault.
Sexual Assault Download Posters help reach students with targeted messaging on sexual assault prevention and how LiveSafe can help.
Share this poster with students and faculty by hanging it in common spaces and sharing it on internal communication channels.
Decoding Digital Abuse Webinar Recording provides an explanation of digital abuse, informs on how to stay current on technologies related to digital abuse, provides insights into digital abuse prevention education, and discusses the pending Title IX regulations and their impact on digital abuse.
Share this webinar recording with faculty and staff to improve understanding of digital abuse and related prevention and outreach strategies.
Share information with students, faculty, and staff about how LiveSafe can be used to report incidents of sexual assault and harassment.
Emphasize that LiveSafe tips can be submitted anonymously, including for sensitive issues like sexual assault. Support and resources can still be provided to anonymous reporters.
Include sexual assault prevention resources and FAQs and important contact information, such as Campus Security, Health Centers, support groups, etc. in the Resources section of LiveSafe Mobile App.
Use two-way chat to provide resources or collect additional information from community members submitting reports of sexual assault, even if the reporter wishes to remain anonymous and/or not file an official report.