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Every 98 seconds, an individual is sexually assaulted in the United States. One in 5 women and one in 16 men are sexually assaulted while in college. And in case these statistics weren’t alarming enough, just know that more than 90% of sexual assault victims on college campuses do not report the assault, making sexual violence the most prevalent crime to occur in college compared to other crimes.

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Sexual violence refers to sexual activity where consent is not obtained or freely given. It ultimately results in the repercussions of psychological, emotional and physical effects on a survivor. No one is protected or exempt from experiencing sexual violence. It is a type of violence that does not discriminate because it could happen to anyone. Nevertheless, it is a widespread problem that needs to be stopped. Remaining silent is not an option because everyone, regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, national origin, or ability should feel safe from any and all sexual violence.

With that being said, April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month! It’s time to shatter the silence surrounding the stigma connected to rape culture and strive for a campus and community free of sexual violence. As a strong collective, we can create the opportunity to build a positive community of support. Continue reading

Clear the RAINN Day!

CleartheRAINNdayEvery 107 seconds, another American is sexually assaulted. Sexual assault is a crime of power and control. Each year, there are about 293,00 victims of sexual assault. What can we do to prevent or limit the amount of cases of sexual assault on our campus? The first is to know WHAT sexual assault consists of. WHO and what resources we can contact in the case of a sexual assault event occurring. Also, who to contact for a sexual assault aftermath, to help recover. HOW we can reduce the risks and raise awareness on our campus and nationwide.

There are different types of sexual assaults. The most commonly known is penetration of the body or rape. It does not end there. Attempted rape is considered sexual assault. Forcing a victim to perform sexual acts, fondling, or unwanted sexual touching are all actions classified as sexual assault. The action of forcing ones self onto another without consent, both parties agreeing or permitting sexual contact, is unacceptable and should be reported. Sexual assault is a crime. College-aged women are 3 times more likely than women in general to suffer from sexual violence.

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Let’s Talk About Sex!

As college students, many of us starting to explore our sexuality and starting to become sexually active and perhaps getting into serious relationships. Yet, how many of us are actually engaging in talking about safer sex or taking precautions while engaging in sexual activities in order to prevent the spread of STDs and unplanned pregnancies? If you’re not engaging in consensual and safer sex, these statistics might help you change your mind.

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Safe Sex is the Best Sex but what is Safe Sex?safersex
Safe sex is taking precautions while engaging in sexual activities in order to prevent one from catching or passing STDs, also sometimes called STIs. We all may have heard these terms before but are unsure of what they exactly mean. An STD (sexually transmitted diseases) and STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection) are passed through sexual contact through semen, blood, and vaginal/cervical secretion. Some of the most common STDs and STIs are gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, herpes, HPV, HIV, and AIDS. However, safe sex doesn’t just involve the prevention of STDs but also ensuring that it is consensual. Consensual is also a word that may be unfamiliar to some. In order to have consensual sex both members of the party must voluntarily want to engage in sexual activities together.
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NO More! Together We Can End Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

NO_MORE_INLINE_TAG_RGBThe month of October holds a lot of meaning to it. Not only is it Breast Cancer awareness month, but it is also Domestic Violence Awareness. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence also known as the NCADV set the month of October as Domestic Violence awareness month.

Domestic violence is defined as battering, meaning that there is a behavioral pattern in which an individual tries to strike fear or intimidation in another, usually through violence, to establish power or control. This does not just occur between intimate partner relationships, but between family members as well.

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RAINN Day – It’s On US!

RAINN (Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network) Day is a day of action to raise awareness and educate students about sexual violence on college campuses. 1 out of 6 women and 1 out of 33 men are survivors of sexual assault.

On Thursday, September 25th we will be empowering students to educate their peers about risk reduction and recovery resources on campus. Join the fight against sexual violence.

You can participate in the following ways:itsonusSign an online Pledge on the It’s On US website : http://itsonus.org/#pledge_open

Sign your name on the Umbrellas to identify that non-consensual sex is sexual assault

Handprint activity for showing that we don’t use our hands to hurt others

Participants will receive a cool Bracelet or keychain for participating.

Hashtag #cougarsRESPECT.

If you need help, call 1-800-656-HOPE.

 

Reaching STARdom

“When darkness is at its darkest, a star shines the brightest.” –Louise Philippe

Starsnewlogo2Students Talking About Relationships & Sex (S.T.A.R.S.) is a peer education prevention program that utilizes interactive theater and dialogue to transform individual behaviors and create positive social change. STARS educates students on sexual assault, relationship abuse and bystander intervention, and empowers peer educators to become advocates for a safe, healthy, and inclusive CSUSM community. Through S.T.A.R.S the idea that sexual assault and intimate partner violence (aka Domestic Violence, relationship abuse) are private matters is challenged and students are bringing the issues to the forefront as societal problems that need to be addressed. Continue reading