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1 Sexual Violence and Misconduct Task Force Case Study Adam Broudy, JD Castro, Jaymee Lewis, Emily Simon Western Illinois University

2 President Obamas Task Force Weekly Address: President Obama: Taking Action to End Sexual Assault Origins: Sexual violence in military Panel: Senior administrators Focus: o Protecting women and educating men o Creating a plan to implement on college campus o Educate on sexual violence

3 WIU Statistics Men and boys are often survivors of sexual assault. According to national statistics, about 8% of all victims are male. According to the American College Health Associations 2008 National College Health Assessment approximately… 1,447 students at WIU had experienced sexually aggressive behavior or attempted/completed sexual assault. 900 students had experienced stalking. 1,802 students had likely experienced emotional, physical and/or sexual abuse within a relationship.

4 WIU Statistics According to Dr. Melanie Hetzel-Riggins research, which she conducted on the WIU-Macomb campus from , found that of the 1,276 women surveyed… 19.4 percent reported a history of domestic or dating violence percent reported a history of sexual aggression or assault percent reported being stalked.

5 Context of Western Illinois University (WIU) — WIU received a $ Interpersonal Violence Prevention Initiative (IVPI) grant from U.S. Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women, (OVW) in Did not renew. — This grant benefitted the universitys ability to respond and increase awareness around sexual violence and sexual misconduct. — Roughly 25 departments were involved in this initiative ranging within Student Services, Academic Affairs, & Administrative Services. Served individuals who were affected by sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking

6 What the grant was able to do? Online and in person training for campus police officers and judicial board members on laws, policies, and protocols. Required first year experience course for incoming students. Peer-led, bystander intervention program. Programming for interpersonal violence prevention and underrepresented groups. Comprehensive website and marketing campaign. Interpersonal Violence Response Team.

7 Reporting Resources Title IX Coordinator o Investigates all matters and allegations involving sexual violence, dating and domestic violence, stalking, and retaliation. —Office of Public Safety o Investigates criminal charges pursued by victims of interpersonal violence for crimes committed on campus. —Macomb Police Department o Investigates criminal charges pursued by victims of interpersonal violence for crimes committed off campus within the city of Macomb.

8 Reporting Resources — McDonough County States Attorney o Provides victims with information and guidance regarding the criminal justice system and legal procedures Student Judicial Programs o Provides assistance and processes cases through the student conduct system —Student Legal Service o Professional legal office available to all students free of charge to assist students with answers to their legal questions o Directs students to sources of help o Gives advice in various types of situations except in the case of a felony.

9 Campus and Community Resources o Center for the Study of Masculinities and Mens Development o Interpersonal Violence Prevention Initiative o 24 hour Sexual Assault Crisis Line o Beu Health Center Educational Programs o Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault programs o Counseling Center o WIU Psychology Clinic o Womens Center

10 Benchmarking Western Illinois University (Prior to Task Force) Sexual Assault Counselors Reporting Protocols and Procedures Community Victim Resources Campus Policies Safety Systems (Escorts, Blue Lights, etc.) Bystander Intervention Training Center for Men and Masculinities Initiatives Interpersonal Violence Prevention Initiatives (IVPI) Terms and Definitions Resource Packets in Residence Halls Focus on Consent Sexual Violence and Misconduct Programming Myths and Facts Sexual Assault Crisis Line Southern Illinois, Northern Illinois, and Eastern Illinois Sexual Assault Counselor(s) (SIU, NIU, & EIU) Rape and Emergency Crisis Numbers on Web (SIU) Community Resources on Web (SIU, NIU, & EIU) Reporting and Protocols (SIU, NIU, & EIU) Male Survivors Section (EIU) Safety Improvements on Campus (SIU & EIU) Rights of Survivors (NIU) Campus Policies (SIU, NIU, & EIU) Prevention and Advocacy (SIU & EIU) Bystander Intervention Training (SIU & EIU) Myths and Facts (SIU, NIU, & EIU) LGBTQ Sexual Assault Information (EIU) What you need to know section (SIU)

11 Task Force Purpose and Mission Purpose: In response to President Obamas task force, the Western Illinois University Sexual Violence and Misconduct task force was created to serve as a multi-disciplinary team of faculty, staff, and students with the sole purpose of supporting the needs of men and women on our campus who are involved in acts of sexual violence. We are tasked with creating effective programs and procedures that support both the alleged victim and perpetrator through investigations and the campus communitys changing culture. —Mission: The Western Illinois University Sexual Violence and Misconduct Task Force aims to educate the community on current issues and facts surrounding sexual violence and misconduct. We strive to empower community members to report issues of sexual misconduct and enter into a meaningful dialogue that will transform the current campus culture surrounding sexual violence and consensual relationships.

12 Who is on the Task Force? Students Counseling Center Equal Opportunity & Access Office (Title IX Coordinator) Student Development Office Emergency Consultation Team (ECT) Office of the Mayor - Macomb President of the University Office of Public Safety Faculty - Womens Studies Womens Center Center for the Study of Masculinities and Mens Development Student Legal Services

13 Overview of Task Force Accommodating the needs of survivors of sexual violence —Ensuring rights are protected— Encouraging sexual misconduct prevention Reconstructing campus culture climate Educating the campus community Changing myths of sexual assault

14 Sexual violence and misconduct is any sexual act that is perpetrated without receiving consent. Consent is a voluntary, positive agreement between the participants to engage in specific sexual activities. Survivor is anyone who has been an alleged victim of an act of sexual violence. Defining Terms

15 Influence of Law and Policy The universitys responsibility to protect students in the academic, extracurricular, educational and athletic programs of schools to initiate a prompt, thorough, and impartial investigation when the institution knows or should reasonably have known of an occurrence. to disseminate a notice of non-discrimination to designate a Title IV coordinator to promote discussion on rights of all parties involved through hearing practices, due process, and FERPA laws. to discourage bullying in the form of taunting or other forms of harassment.

16 Functions of Task Force Myths to Facts Campaign (Solicit help from campus departments and community organizations to distribute materials) Bystander Intervention Training Publicizing rights of survivors and respondents Examine language used in official campus communications — Updating and publicizing campus policies (reporting tools, advertising resources, trainings, etc.) — Post-Assault Counseling training #iCONSENT Campaign (Widely share what consent is and how it is given) Resources for survivors Utilizing social media networks to expand knowledge and resources

17 Campus Culture Climate — Theory o Astins Input-Environment-Output Model o Baxter Magolda -Learning Partnership Model Changing the campus culture — Changing the paradigm from victims having to support themselves to the university taking a more supportive and proactive role

18 Social Media and Task Force — Self care app o Online help with someone on a private chat 24/7 o —Talk with other survivors in a chat room o Resources on sexual survival o Create a plan on what is your best option for you Twitter - #iCONSENT Online Help 24/7 Chat room with Survivors Resources Create a plan

19 Timeline for Implementation Myths to Facts Campaign (within first six months) Bystander Intervention Training (already established) Publicizing rights of survivors and respondents (within first month) Examine language used in official campus communications (within first 3 months) — Updating and publicizing campus policies (within first two months) — Post-Assault Counseling training (already established) — #iCONSENT Campaign (within first year) Resources for survivors (already established) Utilizing social media networks to expand knowledge and resources (within first 3 months)

20 Assessment Formative: Feedback forms and program evaluations. Bystander Intervention training Post-Assault Counseling training Summative: Overall sexual violence campus climate inventory and comparison of campus statistics in a pre-test and post-test feedback survey. Perceptions of myths and facts surrounding sexual violence Rights and responsibilities of parties involved Connection between language and student feelings of campus climate Availability of resources Utilization of social media.

21 Implications Initial push back or lack of buy-in from campus constituents because of changes in policy and initiatives. Funding is limited so not all initiatives may be able to be implemented (or to the extent desired). Require deeper collaboration throughout campus departments. Initiatives may put the University in a bad light conveying that sexual assaults are prevalent on campus. Community members will become more aware of what sexual violence and misconduct are and how they can help to prevent it. Change campus culture from victims supporting self to a culture of dont rape.

22 References Baxter Magolda, M. B. (2004). Learning partnership model: A framework for promoting self-authorship. In M. B.Baxter Magolda & P. M. King (Eds.), Learning Partnerships: Theory and models of practice to educate for self-authorship (pp ). Sterling, VA: Stylus publishing. Calmes, J. (2014) Obama Seeks to Raise Awareness of Rape on Campus. Retrieved from assaults.html?_r=0 Clery Center for On Campus Security. (2012). Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act. Retrieved from January 25, Office of Civil Rights. (2011). Dear Colleague Letter. Retrieved from Renn, K. A. & Reason, R. D. (2013). College students in the United States: Characteristics, experiences, and outcomes. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. White House. (2010). Fact Sheet: The Violence Against Women Act. Retrieved from

23 #iCONSENT Your life has PURPOSE. Your story is IMPORTANT. Your dreams COUNT. Your voice MATTERS. You were born to make an IMPACT!


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