Sexual Assault Awareness Month April 2021

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April 2021 is the 20th anniversary of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. During each week, the CGE will be exploring a different topic related to sexual assault. These weekly topics will lead up to a virtual Take Back the Night on April 29th at 5pm. Check out our instagram (@plucge) for ways you can get involved.

For more information about Sexual Assault Awareness Month, email cge@plu.edu.

To learn more about the history of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, visit nsvrc.org/saam/history

To learn more Sexual Assault Awareness Month Facts, visit knowyourix.org/issues/statistics/

Content Warning: Sexual assault is discussed extensively in these resources. This can be difficult to read about. Please be mindful of how much you are able to consume.

Stigma

Sexual Assault Myths and Facts 

Association of American Universities Report

NSVRC Statistics

Healing

The Complexities of Self-Care After Sexual Assault

Self-Care Tips from Sexual Assault Survivors

Come back during the week of April 19th-23rd to learn more about this topic!

Empowerment Collage from Take Back the Night 2021
Empowerment Collage made by Take Back the Night 2021 attendees.

Land Acknowledgement Related Resources from Take Back the Night:
National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center SAAM page
National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center Podcast titled Speaking Our Truth
Find out what Indigenous land you are on: https://native-land.ca/
Why and How to do a Land Acknowledgement

Empowerment Resources:
Me Too Movement’s IG page, where they share various ways to engage through their Disrupt Rape Culture campaign.
We, As Ourselves : a movement for Black survivors.
API Chaya , a resource organization for survivors, especially AAPI and immigrant survivors.

Victim's Advocate at PLU

Magdalena Stickel

Magdalena Stickel, PLU’s Victim’s Advocate is a trained professional who can help explain your options, connect you to other resources, and assist you in making a formal report should you decide to do so.

253-538-6304

magdalena.stickel@plu.edu

Schedule an appointment with her here. 

What is Sexual Assault?

Sexual assault is any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient. Falling under the definition of sexual assault are sexual activities as forced sexual intercourse, forcible sodomy, child molestation, incest, fondling, and attempted rape.

-United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women

Under Washington State law, sexual assault is defined in many different ways. For more information concerning how sexual assault is defined, please click here.

From the Pacific Lutheran University Student Rights and Responsibilities:

“Sexual Misconduct is a broad term encompassing any unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature that is committed without Consent (as PLU defines it in this policy) and/or by force, intimidation, coercion or manipulation. As defined by PLU, the term Sexual Misconduct includes Non-Consensual Sexual IntercourseNon-Consensual Sexual ContactSexual HarassmentSexual Exploitation, and Sexual Intimidation. Sexual Misconduct can be committed by a person upon another regardless of gender, and it can occur between people of the same or different sex. It can occur between strangers or acquaintances, including people involved in a current or previous intimate or sexual relationship. Sexual Misconduct may vary in its severity and consists of a range of behavior.”

For more information, you can read the PLU Sexual Misconduct Policy.

Sexual Assault is not acceptable and there are services available both on and off campus. The CGE’s Advocacy Services provides resources for victims of sexual assault, including obtaining a Protection Order, learning how to increase their safety, and connecting with additional forms of support. Victims can also contact Campus Safety and Student Rights and Responsibilities.

Sexual Assault

Northwest Network – The NW Network is an organization that works to end violence and abuse in lesbian, bisexual, gay, and transgender communities.

Sexual Assault Center of Pierce County – The Sexual Assault Center of Pierce County is a local organization that offers support and resources for those affected by sexual assault and abuse.

Sexual Assault Myths & Facts – The Sexual Violence Myths & Facts sheet debunks fifteen common myths about sexual assault.

RAINN – The Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization.

24-hour Community Hotlines

Sexual Assault Center of Pierce County
253-474-7273
www.sexualassaultcenter.com

Pierce County Domestic Violence Hotline
253-798-4166
www.aplaceofhelp.com/

Other Campus Resources

Health Center * 253-535-7337
Counseling Center * 253-535-7206
Campus Safety 253-535-7441
Campus Ministry * 253-535-7464
Residential Life 253-535-7200
Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities 253-535-7195

* Confidential resource