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Kent State Sexual Assault Resources

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and with a recent college student’s Facebook post that went viral, I think it’s time to talk about the issue. Nearly one in five women have been raped, according to the Office of Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Office of Women’s Health defines sexual assault as “Sexual assault is any type of forced or coerced sexual contact or behavior that happens without consent. Sexual assault includes rape and attempted rape, child molestation, and sexual harassment or threats.”

Consent is a key in cases of sexual assault. Consent is defined as “a clear ‘yes’ to sexual activity. Not saying "no" does not mean you have given consent.” It is important to note that consent is not a one-time question. You can always say stop even after sexual activity has already started. Also remember that saying “yes” in a previous encounter is not a guaranteed yes for every encounter after that. Always know that you have power in the situation, and if both parties do not consent to sexual activity, it can be considered as assault.

We here at Kent State have a variety of resources that I believe every student should be aware of. Even if you are not in an unhealthy relationship or situation, odds are someone you know is. Pass these resources along to them.

Here are a few resources available on campus:

Kent State Sexual & Relationship Violence Support Services

Phone Number: 330-672-8016

The SRVSS listens and offers support and information for victims of sexual assault as well as people who may be assisting a friend/loved through a difficult time.

Green Dot

“We all have a role to play in preventing power-based personal violence.  Green Dot is for you.” Green Dot offers workshops throughout the semesters urging everyone to speak up about violence. You can join their listserv right here.

Students Against Sexual Assault

Students Against Sexual Assault is a group of Kent State University students who are committed to raising awareness at Kent State and the surrounding community about sexual violence. They meet at the Williamson House every Tuesday at 7 p.m.

 

Other resources:

Love Is Respect

 Loveisrespect’s purpose is to engage, educate and empower young people to prevent and end abusive relationships.

Chat at www.loveisrespect.org Text loveis to 22522* Call 1-866-331-9474

National Sexual Assault Hotline

800-656-HOPE (4673)

 

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