The Preventative Education and Enhanced Response to Sexual violence (PEERS) Initiative Presented by the Taskforce on Sexual Violence Athina Chartelain (c), Michelle Rosa, Robert Rydeski, Dan Taylor Overview • Background Information on URI and Sexual Violence • Taskforce on Sexual Violence • P.E.E.R.S. Initiative • Strategic Planning • University Goals The Status of Sexual Violence Findings from The Campus Sexual Assault (CSA) Study include: • • • • • • • Many women (88%) have never consumed a drink left unattended or consumed a drink given to them by a stranger (76%). One-quarter of the sample (25%) reported consuming alcohol or drugs before sex at least once a month, and slightly fewer (23%) were drunk or high during sex at least once a month. Eighteen percent experienced an attempted (13%) and/or completed (13%) sexual assault since entering college. Among the total sample, 5% experienced a completed physically forced sexual assault, but a much higher percentage (11%) experienced a completed incapacitated sexual assault. Sexual assaults were most likely to occur in September, October and November, on Friday or Saturday nights, and between the hours of midnight and 6:00 a.m. Most victims of physically forced or incapacitated sexual assault were assaulted by someone they knew (79% and 88%). Freshmen and sophomores are at greater risk for victimization than juniors and seniors. Our Institution • • • • • • • • • • Mid-size four year public college offering both undergraduate and graduate programs. 13,431 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 2,608 attend part time. Predominantly White Institution Located in the Northeast Region Residential Campus with off campus students Traditional age students Is not a dry campus The university offers more than 100 bachelor’s and 80 graduate degree programs, as well as first professional and doctorate programs. 55% Women and 45% Men 11 Incidents of Forcible Sexual Offenses in 2012 Current Programs and Policy at URI • URI Peer Advocacy Program – A team of specially trained students who create and perform interactive workshops and programs to educate and increase awareness regarding: Partner Violence, Stalking Alcohol, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Harassment, and Drugs. • Office of Civility Education – works to encourage a civil community that upholds the pursuit of knowledge with honesty, integrity, and courage while respecting the rights and dignity of all others. • Bias Response Team – works to gather information about bias incidents and to support those who have witnessed, or become a target, of an act of bias. • Student Handbook Information on Sexual Violence – Current information on student conduct policy and information available to URI community members. Impact of VAWA Reauthorization in 2014 • VAWA Reauthorization pertaining to colleges and universities – Primary Prevention and Awareness programs – Annual reporting of statistics for various criminal offenses – Institutions inform students of procedures following an act of sexual violence. • In national news, President Obama is taking a stand on preventing sexual violence on colleges campuses. Weekly Address: Taking Action to End Sexual Assault Taskforce on Sexual Violence Division of Student Affairs Division of Student Affairs Local Community Organizations Office of the Provost VPSA, Dean of Students, Health Services, Counseling Center, HRL, Greek Affairs, Athletics, Student Activities Office of the Provost Key Stakeholders Office of Community, Equity, and Diversity Public Safety and Police Human Resources Faculty Liaison Committee Chair, Vice Provost, Dean of University College (New Student Programs) Office of Community, Equity, and Diversity Assistant Vice President (Chief Diversity Officer), LGBTQ Center, Women’s Center Taskforce on Sexual Violence Local Community Organizations Division of Student Affairs Local Community Organizations No More, RI Crisis Assistance Center, Office of the Provost Faculty Liaison Committee Chair, Vice Provost, Dean of University College (New Student Programs) Key Stakeholders Office of Community, Equity, and Diversity Public Safety and Police Human Resources Public Safety Human Resources Assistant Vice President (Chief Diversity Officer), LGBTQ Center, Women’s Center Taskforce Response The Preventative Education and Enhanced Response (PEERS) Initiative A multifaceted approach to address sexual violence on our campus through policy development, programming, training, and community outreach. P.E.E.R.S. Initiative Vision: The P.E.E.R.S. Initiative seeks to establish a campus community that is educated on, preventative of, and responsive to acts of sexual violence, in an effort to eliminate this form of abuse on our campus. Mission: The P.E.E.R.S. Initiative will accomplish this vision through the creation of new campus policies that provide the university with a unified response to the sensitive needs of both the accused and survivor, intentional programming efforts that raise levels of awareness and knowledge of sexual violence, and publicity campaigns to illuminate the issue on our campus and demystify the myths of sexual violence. P.E.E.R.S. Initiative Values: These values serve as the cornerstone of the P.E.E.R.S. Initiative. It is with these values that we strive to build a campus community that is caring and respectful of one another. • • • • • Confidentiality - Safeguarding the identities of persons involved Dignity - Appreciation and value for the whole individual Respect - Honoring others by treating them with care and courtesy Trust - Ability for students to place confidence within us Safety - Provision of space that is free from insecurity Our Triangulated Approach Policy Publicity Programming Policy Development Faculty and Staff • Implement a university-wide syllabus statement which addresses sexual violence and community standards for all members. • Establish a liaison in each academic department who will report to the Faculty Liaison Chair and the Office of the Provost on the taskforce. • Include Bystander Training at New Employee Orientation. • Mandate a sexual violence awareness and prevention assessment each year as part of employee evaluation. • For all university employees there will be a conference held in August for existing staff and faculty for bystander training intervention. Policy Development Students • Develop amnesty policies for undocumented students and students involved in substance abuse incidents of sexual violence. • Implement sexual violence questionnaires as intake forms for Health Service and Counseling Center Visits. • Mandate a sexual violence awareness and prevention virtual assessment to be completed by the end of the first week of classes. • Reevaluate housing options for accused and victims of sexual violence through emergency vacancies. Programming: Consent is Sexy & A Call to Men A Call to Men Consent is Sexy Programming: Bystander Intervention Training Live The Green Dot • • • • Bystander Intervention Training (BIT) Students will learn about effective bystander intervention techniques during incidents of sexual violence Creative activities students will do to deeply reflect on violence prevent are: – writing and presenting persuasive speeches – Creating public service announcements After successfully completing the training, participants will receive a BIT card Publicity URI Violence Prevention Circle of 6 Publicity URI PEERS Initiative @uripeers P.E.E.R.S. Initiative 3 Year Strategic Plan Spring 2014 Policies Programming Publicity Fall 2014 Incorporate Departmental Liaison to Task Force Develop BIT for new employees and current employees Develop Amnesty Policies for Undocumented and Substance Abuse Develop University Syllabi Statement Develop Health & Counseling Services Intake Questionnaire Pilot Annual Employee and Student Assessments Increase number of Peer Advocates to 250 members Develop Bystander Intervention Training (BIT) Curriculum Develop “Consent is Sexy” campaign Develop “A Call to Men” campaign Develop and release Initial Assessment of awareness of Peer Advocacy program and sexual violence resources URI Presidential address, introducing P.E.E.R.S. Initiative Develop and launch social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube) Refabricate website Registry opens Spring 2015 Launch BIT for all employees Launch Syllabi Statement Implement Health & Counseling Services Intake Questionnaire Launch Amnesty Policies for Undocumented and Substance Abuse Refine Piloted Annual Employee and Student Assessments Increase number of Peer Advocates to 265 members Launch “Consent is Sexy” campaign Launch “A Call to Men” campaign Analyze Initial Assessment data Develop “No More” community partnership campaign Develop and recruit campus leaders for “What is Consent?” public service announcement Launch Annual Employee Assessment Launch Annual Student Assessment Increase number of Peer Advocates to 280 members Launch “No More” community partnership campaign Refine BIT Curriculum Develop “Circle 6” campaign Assess “Consent is Sexy” and “A Call to Men” campaigns Assess “No More” campaign at the end of academic year Launch “What is Consent?” public service announcement Assess “What is Consent?” public service announcement at the end of academic year P.E.E.R.S. Initiative 3 Year Strategic Plan Policies Spring 2015 Fall 2015 Spring 2016 Analyze Annual Employee Assessment data Analyze Annual Student Assessment data Increase number of Peer Advocates to 290 members Re-Launch “Consent is Sexy” Campaign Launch “Circle 6” campaign Launch Annual Employee Assessment Launch Annual Student Assessment Programming Publicity Increase number of Peer Advocates to 280 members Launch “No More” community partnership campaign Refine BIT Curriculum Develop “Circle 6” campaign Assess “Consent is Sexy” and “A Call to Men” campaigns Assess “No More” campaign at the end of academic year Launch “What is Consent?” public service announcement Assess “What is Consent?” public service announcement at the end of academic year Develop and recruit campus leaders for “What is Consent?” public service announcement Distribute Annual Employee Assessment Distribute Annual Student Assessment Increase number of Peer Advocates to 300 members Re-Launch “No More” community partnership campaign Refine BIT Curriculum Maintain “Circle 6” campaign Re-Launch “What is Consent?” public service announcement Assess “What is Consent?” public service announcement at the end of academic year University Goals Meeting the Transformational Goals of the University • Goal 4: Build a Community at the University of Rhode Island that Values and Embraces Equity and Diversity. Meeting the Goals of the Division of Student Affairs • Goal 5: Enhance the student experience so that it positively impacts student persistence and retention. • Goal 6: Students utilize technology and are well informed of programs, services and events through the Divisions advanced use of technology. Conclusion As President Obama stated, “Because when a child starts to question their self-worth after being abused, and maybe starts withdrawing… or a young woman drops out of school after being attacked… or a mother struggles to hold down a job and support her kids after an assault… it’s not just these individuals and their families who suffer. Our communities – our whole country – is held back.” Although sexual violence continues to happen on college campuses at alarming rates, we are dedicated to educating our students. 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