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Sexual Assault Awareness Month (Programming Opportunities Below)

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate the Geneseo community on how to prevent it. Through the month of April, the Title IX Office and it's off-campus partners will be offering interactive and informative programming opportunities that will allow members of Geneseo to come together and discuss the ways in which sexual violence impacts our community and how best to support those affected by such violence. 

Registration will be required for each event. Please RSVP as soon possible to ensure your participation in the session. 

April 8, 2021: Sexual Assault & Consent 101 (7:00 pm - 8:15 pm) 

This discussion based program begins with a brief overview that introduces the idea of "Rape Culture", how it sustains itself, and how we as every-day people allow it and encourage it. Throughout the program, participants will learn the definition of sexual assault, affirmative consent, and be provided information on the college's Title IX Grievance Process as well as the criminal process. 

Session will be offered virtually via Zoom. Register here

April 12, 2021: Tearing Apart the "Ideal Victim" Myth (7:00 pm - 8:15 pm) 

Intersectionality is the acknowledgement that everyone has their own unique experiences of discrimination and oppression. Gender identity, gender expression, sexuality, race, ability, etc, all play a part in how an individual handles trauma, and how their social network perceives that trauma. 

Intersectionality is lacking from conversations, service-based programs, and legislation surrounding sexual assault, leaving marginalized communities behind. This gap in knowledge perpetrates harm on immeasurable levels and has created a foundation for harmful myths to be developed and spread through nearly all levels of our society.

This program focuses on the “Ideal Victim” myth that has been pushed by our media, authority figures, and basic education, and how we can work to dismantle it.

Session will be offered virtually via Zoom. Register here

April 20, 2021: Healing Through Yoga (4:00 pm - 5:00 pm) 

Participants will engage in a trauma-informed session that will help survivors safely re-connect with their bodies through movement, mindfulness, and mediative rehabilitation practices. 

Session will be offered virtually via Zoom. Register here

April 21, 2021: White Supremacy & Sexual Violence (2:30 pm - 3:30 pm) 

The structures of white supremacy have used, and continues to use, sexual violence as a tool of oppression.

Historically, this violence has ben visited upon communities of color as a means of silencing and condemning these communities, as well as justifying other violence against them. This program will briefly cover the history of white supremacy and sexual violence in the United States, and will feature a debrief and discussion during which participants can safely process any new information and have a conversation. 

Session will be offered virtually via Zoom. Register here

 

April 25, 2021: Take Back the Night 5k and Vigil (6:00 pm - 8:00 pm) 

In 1978, the first "Take Back The Night" March in the United States was held as a public demonstration of the connection between sexual violence, trafficking of women, and pornography.

SUNY Geneseo will come together and raise the voices of survivors on our campus, reminding the community of their courage, bravery, and solidarity. The event will include a keynote address, personal stories from survivors, vigil, and walk/run 5k through campus. 

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this in-person event is limited to 50 people. You must register to participate. Register here

April 30, 2021: Title IX & the Title IX Grievance Process (2:30 pm - 3:30 pm) 

*This program is offered in collaboration with the Geneseo Opportunities for Leadership Development (GOLD) program. 

This discussion based program will define the meaning of “sexual harassment” (including forms of sex-based violence); addresses how Geneseo must respond to reports of misconduct falling within that definition of sexual harassment; and outline the grievance process that Geneseo must follow to comply with the law in these specific covered cases before issuing a disciplinary sanction against a person accused of sexual harassment.

Session will be offered virtually via Zoom. Register here

Welcome to the Title IX Office

The Title IX Office  is responsible for preventing and responding to acts of sex and gender discrimination, which includes but is not limited to sexual harassment, sexual violence, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.  

What isTitle IX?

Title IX is the federal anti-discrimination law that states:

"No person in the U.S. shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance." 

(Title IX, 1972 Education Amendments)

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits sex discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs, including athletic programs, or in activities that receive federal funding.  Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual harassment, rape, and sexual assault.

Title IX applies to institutions that receive federal financial assistance from the Department of Education and requires the University's educational programs and activities to operate in a nondiscriminatory manner.  In addition to Title IX, members of our campus community are protected by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and NYS Education Law 129B – regardless of their sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, part- or full-time status, disability, race, or national origin. 

How can I report Sexual Harassment? 

 

 

 

Questions?

Contact the Title IX Coordinator 

Marcus L. Foster, JD
mfoster@geneseo.edu 

(585) 245-5023 (office)

(585) 376-0759 (24/7)