"I stand up against sexual assault because I feel one sexual assault is one too many" - Laura Canfield, Facilities Services Manager
"I stand up against sexual assault. Speaking out and standing up against sexual assault makes our community a safer place for everyone." - Jenny Katz, Associate Professor of Psychology
Letter from Director of Health & Counseling, Melinda DuBois
Approximately 25% of American college and university women experience rape or attempted rape. Based on a recent survey of our students, these statistics hold true for SUNY Geneseo. Acknowledging sexual assault at SUNY Geneseo exemplifies our deep commitment to community and integrity. We embrace the interests of all our students, and we promote the ethical development of our citizens, our policies, and our procedures. By addressing campus sexual assault, we are not only acknowledging that our students are victims of assault , but we are also recognizing that we need to do everything within our power to prevent our fellow students from being hurt.
Bystander intervention is a recognized tool in the prevention of sexual assault. According to Banyard et al (2004) bystanders can help create new community norms for intervention to prevent sexual assault, increase others’ sense of responsibility for intervening and their feelings of competence, and provide role models of helping behavior.
We know that when we take care of our friends and intervene in potentially high risk situations, we can prevent assault from occurring. Students have the power to make a difference in reducing assault and can assist in making our campus safe for victims to report a crime.
You can make a difference.
Take care of yourselves and your friends,
Melinda DuBois LMSW
Administrative Director of Student Health and Counseling