Sexual Assault

Susana Pelayo-Woodward, the Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at UMD, spoke with KUMD this morning about the #MeToo Awareness: Gender, Health & Justice Conference held at UMD this past weekend. 

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Sarah Super was in a hospital bed awaiting the completion of her "rape kit": the forensic exam to collect evidence after a sexual assault.

Her ex-boyfriend had broken into her apartment and raped her at gunpoint, and Super realized there was no one she knew who would understand what she'd been through if she tried to tell them.

Almost four years later, Super has founded an organization called Break the Silence to give survivors of sexual assault a way to support other survivors.

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One thing's for sure: people were talking about sexual assault last week.

Between Bill Cosby's sentencing to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee,  it was just about all anyone was talking about, on and off the air and online.

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About three years ago, someone at PAVSA (Program to Aid Victims of Sexual Assault) Youth Advisory Board  asked a survivor of sexual exploitation and trafficking to describe themself in one word. 

Lisa Johnson

Dori Decker tells her students every time they meet: "In a gentle way, you can shake the world."

UMD's Wellness Coordinator uses the words of Mahatma Gandhi to underscore the message of Got Your Back! UMD,  a bystander intervention initiative.

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What does an instructor do if a student or a coworker confides to them an instance of sexual assault? 

In its efforts to create a University community free from sexual assault and relationship violence, UMD has instituted Sexual Assault Awareness, Prevention and Reporting training, not just for counseling services or the Women's Resource and Action Center, but for all faculty and staff.

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Since 1990, colleges and universities have been required by law to disclose campus safety information and also to take steps to keep students safe from sexual assault, stalking and dating violence.

When changes to strengthen the Clery Act nationally were finalized this fall, UMD's Dean of Students, Lisa Erwin, was one of the people responsible for developing those amendments.