SEXUAL ASSAULT TEACH-IN (SAT)

If you participated in the SAT on Sun, March 6

To help us evaluate this program and learn more about your ideas for managing sexual assault at Geneseo, we invite you to respond to a brief survey that should take no longer than 10 minutes. There will be no way to link your identity with your responses so please answer as honestly as you can. Your participation is completely voluntary. If you have any immediate questions or concerns about this survey, please contact Jennifer Katz, Dept of Psychology (katz@geneseo.edu).


http://survey.geneseo.edu:8080/survey/entry.jsp?id=1289840444241


We invite all students, staff, and faculty to take part in the Sexual Assault Teach In on March 6 from 1 - 4 pm (snow date April 3) in the College Union Ballroom. This will be a special day filled with information and discussion about an important issue facing colleges across the nation, including our own. Our featured speaker will be Dr. Dorothy Edwards, the founding director of the University of Kentucky’s Violence Intervention and Prevention Center.  Dr. Edwards earned her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology at Texas Women’s University. She is a seasoned, dynamic educator who provides violence prevention trainings and consultation around the nation. Dr. Edwards focuses on building awareness and inspiring individuals to take action to make their communities safer places for everyone.  She is the founding member of the Live the Green Dot, a program designed to help eradicate violence in our world.

If you are interested in taking part in the SAT, please complete the required readings before March 6 (available below) and register by clicking on the blue button. Advance registration is required to ensure we can accomodate everyone. Although we have a finite amount of physical space, we hope every available seat will be filled.  

Required readings:

 a)  the executive summary of the anonymous Spring 2010 campus wide survey of sexual assault at Geneseo: see left sidebar or click HERE.  

 b) a short chapter (in pdf format) by Jessica Valenti (2010) entitled Public Punishments

 c) a document (also in pdf format) outlining our campus procedures related to sexual assault 


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SAT CORE PRINCIPLES
  1. Sexual assault occurs at Geneseo. We all know people who have been sexually assaulted. Sexual assault is defined as nonconsensual, unwanted sexual activity. In the Spring 2010, an anonymous campus -wide study of over 1700 students was conducted. About 1 in 4 reported some form of sexual assault, and more than 1 in 10 (13%) reported severe sexual assault (i.e., attempted or completed rape) at Geneseo. These are not just statistics – many of us have been sexually assaulted, on our campus or elsewhere.
  2. The sole focus of this Teach In is campus sexual assault. We acknowledge sexual assault occurs in other contexts and across the lifespan. Nevertheless, we have limited time. In order to become fully informed about sexual assault in higher education generally and in our own community, our scope is necessarily restricted.
  3. All of us, without exception, have much to learn about sexual assault at Geneseo. There are various legitimate sources of knowledge, including professional research and personal narratives. Our own positions on campus also shape how we each make sense of campus sexual assault. For example, some students may understand sexual assault at Geneseo in ways that faculty and staff do not. Likewise, some staff members have unique knowledge unfamiliar to the rest of us. Both student voices and professional expertise enable us to expand and deepen our understanding of campus sexual assault.
  4. True learning requires understanding points of view that differ from your own. Campus sexual assault is a complex topic. Strive to understand radically different perspectives, even when (actually, especially when) you disagree. We ask that you  displace judgment or defensiveness with interested curiosity – what makes that person see things differently? Assume that anyone discussing sexual assault in writing or as part of this project is, at a minimum, well-intentioned.  
  5. Cultural beliefs about sexuality both shape and reflect our personal beliefs about sexual assault.  In this teach in, we will critically examine and reflect upon conceptions of femininity, masculinity, deviance, intimacy, victims, and perpetrators.  Readings and discussions may challenge or even offend you at times. We encourage and support your strong intellectual and emotional engagement. At the same time, we invite you to respectfully discuss these ideas in ways that foster, rather than derail, our collective learning about sexual assault.
  6. As an institution of excellence, we should continually strive to do more to address sexual assault.  We can all help make Geneseo a more informed and safer place. Will you help?

Check out the recent Lamron articles by SAT facilitators Kelly Henrickson: Sexual Assault Teach-in facilitators explore gender in sexual assault 

If you would like to support the SAT please contact Jennifer Katz (katz@geneseo.edu) or Melinda DuBois (dubois@geneseo.edu).  Thank you!