Student Affairs Recognizes that National Tragedies Can have Impact in our Community

As advocacy centers within the division of Student Affairs, we are saddened and upset by the unfortunate incidents against Black people in the United States. We acknowledge that these tragedies can have a significant impact on people in our communities. As a CU community, recognizing that institutional racism occurs at all levels, we encourage working together to create dialogue and solutions among students, staff, faculty, and police. We would like to continue to do our best to support students within our CU Boulder community who are impacted by providing opportunities to talk and receive support.  We all process tragedies differently which can range in emotions such as experiencing frustration, confusion, anger, sadness, etc. If you are in need of support during this time (and any time), please reach out to any professional staff at the following centers:

The Cultural Unity and Engagement Center, Center for Community (C4C), Suite N320; 303-492-5667

The Gender and Sexuality Center, Center for Community, Room N450; (303) 492-1377

The Women’s Resource Center, University Memorial Center, Room 416; 303-492-5713

Office of Veteran Services, Center for Community (C4C), Room S482; 303-492-7322

Counseling and Psychiatric Services (confidential) 
Walk-in Hours: M - F: 10AM - 4PM; 303-492-6766;
two locations: Center for Community room S440; Wardenburg, 1st floor

The Office of Victims Assistance (confidential), Center for Community (C4C), Room S440; 303-492-8855

Responding to Orlando

The Office of Victim Assistance is sending support to all impacted by the Orlando shooting. OVA is here to be a support and resource.  This is a time to support one another, take active steps in self care and coping, and be with and support community. To learn more about experiencing individual and community impact from acts of hate and bias I invite you to read the OVA Bias Motivated Incident Brochure. We are here for you.

 Below is a message from the CU Boulder Gender and Sexuality Center:

We will all be processing what happened in Orlando over the next weeks and months to come. It's important for us to keep in mind and call upon the strengths we have built as a community. We, as a community, have always come together to face the ugly forms of discrimination, harassment, and violence visited upon people in our community. This event will bring us together and make us stronger through the love and support we give each other.

Whatever you are feeling about this event is okay to feel. Everyone will experience all sorts of emotions about this tragedy and all of those emotions are the correct ones to feel. Reach out to loved ones, to acquaintances, to co-workers and express what you are feeling- even if you aren't feeling anything.

Active coping is better than doing nothing. Attend the upcoming Gay Pride this weekend in Denver, volunteer with an organization, think of ten good things about being queer, learn about our movement and all the progress we have made.

Remember that you have allies. We are not alone in this fight, we have changed the world through our equal rights campaigns and we will continue to change the world as we all move forward from this tragedy.

Feel free to step away from constantly reading about the Orlando events. There comes a point when we need to step back and check in with ourselves, responding in our own ways, and start taking care of ourselves.

We love you all and if you want to stop by and chat, share what you are feeling or just be in a safe space.

With love- the GSC

Sexual Misconduct on the College Campus: The CU Boulder Approach

Title IX has been a “hot topic” in education circles for the last few years. The implications of Title IX legislation have ramifications for everyone on campus. On November 18, 2015, the CU Parents Association hosted a panel presentation, providing an opportunity to learn about the pro-active stance that CU Boulder has taken to make the campus safe for all.  Panelists were: Llen Pomeroy and Teresa Wroe of the Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance, Jessica Ladd-Webert from Victim’s Assistance, Amanda Linsenmeyer of the Women’s Resource Center, and Lee Scriggins from Wardenburg Health Services’ Community Health Office.

For your convenience, we video recorded the event:

Video recording: part 1
Video recording: part 2

http://www.colorado.edu/parents/be-involved/events/open-forums

Click here for the full power point. Video 2 starts at slide 18.

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Are you new to Campus? Here is some helpful information.

Information for New CU-Boulder Students

While it’s hard to imagine bad things happening when you are starting college, like any large community, we too sometimes have people experience life disruptive or disturbing events.  We know that students are more likely to tell each other first when they need help, so we’ve compiled this list of basic information so you can be a resource for whoever may need it.

The Office of Victim Assistance (OVA) offers free confidential information, support, advocacy, and short-term counseling to students, faculty and staff at CU, including their significant others.  OVA is a separate office, not connected to the police department.  Our office primarily focuses on situations involving traumatic events, including, but not limited to physical assault and hazing, bias motivated incidents, death, discrimination and harassment including sexual harassment, intimate partner violence, serious accidents, sexual assault, and stalking.  We can help people learn about resources and assess their options in these situations.

We are able to support and consult with people as they make their way through systems, and we refer to and collaborate with campus and community resources who also work with these issues.  We talk with people who want to help friends or significant others who are experiencing these situations.  We collaborate with other offices on campus as well.

We can talk about academic or work questions, medical questions, reporting questions, counseling and informational questions.To send a general question to our office:  assist@colorado.edu

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Roundtable discussions on Campus Sexual Assault with Senator McCaskill

Senator Claire McCaskill held the third of a series of roundtable discussions on combating rape and sexual assaults on college campuses on June 23, 2014. Jessica Ladd-Webert, the Director of the CU Office of Victim Assistance was invited and participated in the third roundtable.  http://www.c-span.org/video/?320111-1/sexual-assault-college-campuses

The purpose of the roundtable was to bring together stakeholders representing a variety of interests and organizations to discuss the respective roles of the university-based administrative process and the criminal justice system in addressing sexual violence.  The roundtable provided an opportunity to hear about challenges and best practices relating to how colleges and universities conduct the administrative process and how law enforcement agencies and prosecutors pursue crimes of sexual violence involving students.  In addition, the roundtable was a forum to suggest improvements and changes to ensure that survivors have confidence in both systems, that educational institutions have the tools necessary to protect students, and that law enforcement agencies and prosecutors have the training and support they need to bring perpetrators of sexual violence to justice.

To view the other roundtable discussions visit:

·         May 19, 2014 http://www.c-span.org/video/?319448-1/campus-sexual-assault

·         June 2, 2014 http://www.c-span.org/video/?319700-1/title-ix-campus-sexual-assault

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

 

Domestic violence is best understood as a pattern of abusive behaviors–including physical, sexual, and psychological abuse as well as economic coercion–used by one intimate partner against another (adult or adolescent) to gain, maintain, or regain power and control in the relationship. Abusers use of a range of tactics to frighten, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, injure, and sometimes kill a current or former intimate partner.

·         One in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have been the victim of physical violence by an intimate partner.

·         Forty-four percent of lesbian women, 61%of bisexual women, and 35% of heterosexual women experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

·         Twenty-six percent of gay men, 37% of bisexual men, and 29% of heterosexual men experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner at some point in their lifetime.

For more information visit:

-The Office of Victim Assistance Intimate Partner Abuse pages under “get help” tab

-National Coalition Against Domestic Violence http://www.ncadv.org/ 

-Statistics are from the CDC 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence survey http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/nisvs/

-Follow our local safe houses: https://www.facebook.com/FollowSPAN (Boulder) AND 

https://www.facebook.com/safeshelterofstvrain (Longmont)

2012 National Report on Hate Violence Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and HIV-Affected Communities

The National Coalition for Anti-Violence Programs' 2012 National Report on Hate Violence Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and HIV-Affected Communities Released Today

To download the full report please visit NCAVP online at: 

http://avp.org/resources/avp-resources/248

 The Report includes:

  • Overall rates of reports of anti-LGBTQ violence remain steady in 2012.
  • Transgender women, people of color, and gay men face the most severe violence
  • LGBTQ people report substantial police misconduct when engaging with the police

The report is the most comprehensive report on this violence in the United States. It draws on data collected from 15 anti-violence programs in 16 states (with one organization reporting about two states) across the country.  States reporting were: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas and Vermont.

Natural Disasters

We in the Office of Victim Assistance (OVA) would like to extend our thoughts and deepest sympathies to the families and friends affected by recent natural disasters.

OVA invites all CU-Boulder students, staff and faculty to visit services listed below if you have been impacted by natural disasters and would find it helpful to speak with someone. 

  • Counseling and Psychological Services:  Free and confidential counseling for students.  Center for Community, S440     303-492-6766     http://counseling.colorado.edu
  • Office of Victim Assistance: Free and confidential counseling and advocacy for     students, staff, faculty and their significant others.  Center for Community, S440     303-492-8855     http://cuvictimassistance.com
  • Psychological Health and Psychiatry: Confidential counseling for a fee or using your Buff     Gold Insurance.  Wardenburg Health Center     303-492-5654
  • Faculty and Staff Assistance Program: Free and confidential counseling for faculty and     staffAdministrative Research Center (ARC) East Campus, A353        303-492-3020

Please go to the OVA website Get Help tab or see the following link for national and community resources and information regarding natural disasters:

http://cuvictimassistance.com/issues/national-and-community-resources-for-natural-disasters

The Office of Victim Assistance can assist you in navigating academic, University, or off campus systems.  Please feel free to contact the Office of Victim Assistance if you have questions about what you’re experiencing or would like to consult with OVA staff on supporting someone who may have been impacted by natural disasters at 303-492-8855

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Sexual assault and sexual violence impacts all college campuses.  About 1 in 4 females, 1 in 6 males, and 1 in 2 transgender people experience some form of sexual violence in their life time.  This April there are a number of campus and community events going on bringing awareness to this important issue. The Gender Justice League, a student group out of Women and Gender Studies, is hosting Denim Days the week of April 15-19, 2013.  Denim Days originates from a 1999 Italy court case in which the National High Court overturned a rape case because the victim was wearing jeans. It was thought that jeans would have been too tight to pull off without the woman’s consent. The ruling sparked a nationwide protest where anti-rape activists wore jeans.  OVA, Office of Victim Assistance, will be collaborating with the Gender Justice league on a few of their events:

  • How to Help Friends who have Experienced Gender Violence WED April 17, 3013 4:00-5:00pm Gates Woodruff Cottage
  • What is gender violence, anyways? THU April 18 4:00-5:00pm Gates Woodruff Cottage
  • Healthy Relationship Check-up FRI April 19 11:00-1:00pm UMC Gallery
  • For more information and other events this week visit: http://wgst.colorado.edu/denim-days-2013

OVA will also be partnering with MESA, Moving to End Sexual Assault, Boulder County’s Rape Crisis Center, by co-hosting a showing ofThe Bro Code on April 24th, CHEM 140, 6:15pm.  This event is free and open to the public.  After the film there will be a discussion lead by the film’s creator, Dr. Thomas Keith, who is a professor at California State University and California Polytechnic University.  Dr. Keith teaches philosophy and specializes in American philosophy and pragmatism with an emphasis on issues of race, class, and gender.

  • MESA also has many other exciting events planned throughout April.  Check out the full listing here: http://conta.cc/10IS3Sz

OVA is a place of support for you if you or someone you care about has recently or in the past been impacted by sexual violence.  OVA offers free and confidential counseling, support, and advocacy.  For more information please call 303-492-8855 or visit our website.  This link is specifically focused on sexual assault: http://cuvictimassistance.com/issues/sexual-assault/

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