Understanding sexual assault is complex and LWTech remains committed to a safe and harassment free campus experience for its community members. All students can take part in prevention. Our community also recognizes the emotional toll sexual violence take on students trying to learn. Whether you experienced an assault or harassment on campus, or not, we want to empower you with support. LWTech is committed to your support and educating the college community about sexual violence prevention.
Unfortunately, sexual assault is common in the United States, throughout our society. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) states that "sexual violence affects millions of people each year in the United States." Victims may be ashamed, embarrassed, or afraid to tell the police, friends, or family about the violence. Victims may also keep quiet because they have been threatened with further harm if they tell anyone or do not think that anyone will help them.
We do have data that show these disturbing facts:
Sexual violence causes emotional trauma and are not always easy to deal with. LWTech has a counselor who can talk with you about issues you are experiencing due to sexual violence. Contact the counseling center by emailing counseling.
Students may contact Campus Public Safety for on campus safety escorts.
You can report an assault using our report form, See Something Say Something. These reports are confidentially held and reported to trained campus administrators tasked with addressing and eliminating sexual violence.
There are organizations you can refer to for help, support, or learning.
Reference: Help Guide
The MeToo movement began online by Taran Burke in 2006. Burke wanted to empower and advocate for women in New York by letting them know that they were not alone. Actors then reintroduced the idea in 2017 in wake of the Harvey Weinstein allegations of sexual assault and harassment.
This hashtag has helped shatter the silence that surrounds sexual assault and harassment, helping people and survivors open up about their experience.
Here is an overview of some of the other changes the #MeToo movement has facilitated or prompted.
Reference: Center for Disease Control
What is Sexual Assault? Talking about sexual consent can be uncomfortable but it's important to understand what behaviors are categorized as Sexual Assault.
Sexual Harrassment is a type of bullying intended to hurt or intimidate someone. If this has happened to you, tell someone you trust—like a parent, family member, teacher, friend’s parent or neighbor. If the first person you tell doesn’t do anything, tell someone else you trust.
Nobody should have to experience sexual assault. For those that have, they say talking about the subject opens up a host of myths, misconceptions and assumptions from wider society - everything from being questioned on what they were wearing and how drunk they were, to being asked if, actually, they enjoyed it. These brave beings set the record straight.
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