October 2015
Special Guest Edition: Campus Sexual Assault 

This month, I have invited Annie Clark & Andrea Pino, founders of End Rape on Campus, to introduce the Issue Activation Kit. These two young women who embody bravery and power have inspired me to take action to stop campus sexual assault. I will work to break the culture of entitlement and build support for the cause. I hope you’ll join me.
 
- Bridget

 

Dear OTS Members, 

Every day the staff at End Rape on Campus (EROC) speaks with survivors of sexual assault and their families, each story is similar, and each story is devastating. A young college student sexually assaulted and in need of support is calling because they didn't get that support where they expected and deserved it: their college or university.  Last week, the Association of American Universities confirmed what we knew to be true: campus sexual assault is an epidemic, with 1 in 4 college women being sexually assaulted. We are survivors, we chose to make our stories public, but there are hundreds of thousands of young women who can’t or don’t want to come forward. It is our job to make sure they know we stand with them and we will stand for them when they cannot. We have made it our job to provide them with resources, and we have made the commitment to ensure we are doing everything in our power to prevent sexual assault by believing survivors, prevention through education, and advocacy. We hope you use this activation kit to get involved, learn more and help us spread the word.

#ItsOnUs to #EndRapeOnCampus

Annie & Andrea



 
 

Worth a Follow
Here are just a few thought leaders to follow or tag on Twitter. 

Annie E. Clark, Co-Founder of End Rape on Campus  @aelizabethclark

 Andrea L. Pino,  Co-Founder of End Rape on Campus @andreactually

 The Hunting Ground, Documentary  @TheHuntingGround

 Chicago Says No More, Organization addressing domestic violence and sexual assault@CSNMDVSA 

 Test 400k, Organization advocating awareness to the 400,00 untested rape kits in the U.S. @test400k

 CAASE, The Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation@TheCAASE

 End Rape on Campus, Sexual Assault Survivor Advocacy Organization  @EndRapeOnCampus

 Rape Victims Advocates, Organization serving Chicago Rape Victims@rapevictimadv

Want to Get Involved? 
Just a Few of our Local Organizations and Initiatives in Chicago that are working on supporting and advocating for the victims of sexual assault. 

Chicago Says No More Chicago Says No More is dedicated to addressing the challenges of domestic violence and sexual assault in the Chicago metro area. It is aligned with the national NO MORE campaign that was started by a coalition of leading advocacy groups, service providers, and major corporations.

 

Test 400k: The mission of the organization is to eliminate the backlog of 400,000 untested rape kits in the United States. A secondary mission is to develop an innovative model of quickly and cheaply test rape kits for global implementation

 

Rape Victims Advocates:  Around the clock, day after day, year after year, RVA stands ready to support and advocate on behalf of women, children, and men who have suffered sexual violence.
 

Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation:  CAASE addresses the culture, institutions, and individuals that perpetrate, profit from, or support sexual exploitation. Our work includes prevention, policy reform, community engagement, and legal services.

YWCA Sexual Violence Counseling: Professional counselors provide confidential individual counseling to sexual assault survivors and their non-offending family members. Services are offered to women, children and men who have been victims of assault. 


Want to Do more?

Stand up: Contact your alma mater and inquire about their campus sexual assault policies. Universities can’t function without alumni and donors, the more who speak up the more likely school administrators will act.

Stay Safe:  Apps like Guard Llama provide a personal security monitoring system that uses your smartphone. You can call 911 discretely have a live 24/7 dispatch monitoring that will relay your location with pinpoint accuracy.

Share: Share your knowledge and educate the people about consent and sexual assault. Organizations like It’s On Us provide online toolkits and tips.

Sign: Take the Chicago Says No More Pledge and join the movement to educate and prevent domestic violence and sexual assault.

Support: Take a moment to support one of the many causes listed below who provide 24/7 crisis response to victims.

Speak Out: Write or call your local elected official or local paper and ask them what they are doing to prevent campus sexual assault. A draft letter can be found here.


Need Help? 

 

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINE: 1-877-863-6338

CHICAGO RAPE CRISIS HOTLINE (OPERATED BY YWCA) : 1-888-293-2080
 

Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault  1-217-753-4117

YWCA Metropolitan Chicago 1-312-372-6600

Rape Victim Advocates 1-312-443-9600