Who we are ◦ Jean Nidetch Women’s Center ◦ PAAVE ◦ ASERTAV Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence ◦ Definitions ◦ Statistics ◦ When is a relationship abusive? ◦ Same Sex Abuse ◦ Effects on Victims ◦ Rethinking Violence
We provide:• Workshops and presentations• Events on campus• Advocacy for violence prevention and breast cancer awareness• Academic involvement
Peers Advocating Anti-Violence Education Formerly known as SAFE Team Educators completed 18 hour training on domestic violence and sexual assault Provides UNLV campus with presentations on specific topics in domestic violence and sexual assault Currently going through Spring 2010 training. Check us out on Facebook: UNLV PAAVE or Gmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Advocacy. Support. Educate. & Response Team Against Violence (ASERTAV) ASERTAV strives to coordinate a collaborative response to student, staff, and faculty members of our community who may have been affected by violence. Our goal is to communicate to survivors that they are not alone during their recovery by providing resources, advocacy and education. Members of the task force include campus and community organizations and local law enforcement
Sexual Assault: a broader category that the Justice Department uses to classify rape, attempted rape and other violent felonies that fall short of rape (which is defined as strictly forced vaginal, anal or oral penetration) Assault/Battering: “Physical assault is a behavior that threatens, attempts, or actually inflicts physical harm, ranging from slapping and hitting to using a gun” (US Justice Department)
Many forms of abuse: ◦ Physical battering – can range from pushing or bruising to murder. Escalates in level of abuse ◦ Sexual abuse – Physical attack that is coupled with forced/unwanted sexual activity ◦ Psychological battering – verbal abuse, harassment, excessive possessiveness, economic resource limiting and destruction of personal property
U.S. Justice Department: Assault ◦ “Physical assault is a behavior that threatens, attempts, or actually inflicts physical harm, ranging from slapping and hitting to using a gun” Nevada Revised Statutes: Sexual Assault ◦ “A person who subject another person to sexual penetration, or who forces another person to make a sexual penetration on himself or another, against the victim’s will or under conditions in which the perpetrator knows or should know that the victim is mentally or physically incapable of resisting or understanding the nature of his conduct, is guilty of sexual assault”
◦ Sexual assault is a broader category that the Justice Department uses to classify rape, attempted rape and other violent felonies that fall short of rape (which is defined as strictly forced vaginal, anal or oral penetration)
25% of women and 7% of men will be victims of domestic violence or partner rape. Six months following an experience of domestic violence, 32% of battered women are victimized again. Yearly, 3.3 million children are exposed to interfamily violence against their mothers or female caretakers.
Only about 42% of rapes/sexual assaults were reported to law enforcement in 2007 Up to 3,204 pregnancies may have resulted from these attacks (RAINN Calculation based on 2004-05 NCVS and Medical Reports) 1 out of 6 Americans have been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime About 3% of men (2.78 million) have experienced an attempted or completed rape against them
Reports of Forcible Sex Offenses on Campus 2005 –4 2006 –0 2007 –3 *Often times these crimes occur and arereported outside of the jurisdiction of UNLV.
Gender: ◦ Female – 97% ◦ Male – 3% Race/Ethnicity: ◦ White – 58% ◦ Latino/Hispanic – 18% ◦ Black – 16% ◦ Asian – 3% ◦ Bi-racial – 2% ◦ Native – <1% ◦ Unknown/Other – <1%43% of the total 833 reported victims in 2007 were between the ages of 19-29.
Go to a safe place Seek medical attention immediately. ◦ University Medical Center (UMC) is the only hospital that will do a rape kit. You may be injured more seriously than you realize. Medical evidence will be needed, if you decide to press charges. Call University Police (895-3668) or CALL 911. ◦ Reporting is not the same as pressing charges. Call the Counseling and Psychological Services (895- 3627). Do not blame yourself-you are the victim of a crime. Do NOT bathe, shower, douche, or change clothes until you have talked with the police or nurse. ◦ However, if you have already done these things, please do not let his stop you from seeking medical care. If you’ve changed clothes, place the clothes you were wearing in a paper bag and them to the hospital with you. Remember you may have an advocate to help every step of the way
Many different forms of violence in a relationship ◦ Often are dismissed as “isolated” or “random” acts of anger ◦ Media images contribute to a social complicity of violence and often portrays signs of violence in relationships as signals of “passion” or “lust” ◦ Signs of abuse overlap and escalate
What does a healthyrelationship entail?
Abuse in relationships is any pattern of behavior that is used to coerce, dominate or isolate the other partner to gain control Abuse knows no boundary concerning race, class, gender, sexual orientation etc. Remember, violence may take a different form in different communities but that does not make one form more important than another
MYTH: Women can not be abusive, only men can ◦ Fact: Anyone can choose to be abusive or not MYTH: LGBTQ people are always equal in relationships. It’s not abuse, it’s a relationship struggle ◦ Fact: Same sex or gender in a relationship does not guarantee equality MYTH: Abuse in LGBTQ relationships is sexual behavior. It’s a version of S&M and they usually like it. ◦ If consent is NOT there, the sexual act is not consensual, no matter what the nature of the act is.
Can be short or long term ◦ Cutting/ self-mutilation ◦ Eating disorders ◦ Depression ◦ Alcohol and substance abuse ◦ Re-entrance into a violent relationship ◦ Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)* More information on PTSD and violence is available upon request
Anyone can be a victim of sexual assault or domestic violence. If you or someone you know is involved with either know that there are resources to help you both on and off campus.
Safe House (Domestic Violence Support) ◦ 702.451.4203 Abuse Crisis Center / DV Hotline ◦ 702.646.4981 Rape Crisis Center ◦ 366-1640 More information available at: ◦ The Jean Nidetch Women’s Center, UNLV SSC A, 255 – 702.895.4475