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GASA Week 6

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GASA Week 6

  1. 1. GASA Week 6
  2. 2. How’s it? ● How are you? ● Has anything GASA related come up? ● Two sessions left!!
  3. 3. Job Posting If y’all need anything from Steven or myself do not hesitate to reach out!
  4. 4. Todd’s Email ● What do you think of Todd explicitly mentioning GASA? ● What does this mean for us in this room? ● What will you realistically do to hold yourselves to a higher standard? ● Do you honestly feel prepared to take on that role-- if not, what can we do to ensure you are well equipped?
  5. 5. Greek Week Recap - Did anyone go to the Greek pageant / sing? - Aside from performances, what else did you see in the pageant? - Gender Roles - Rape Culture
  6. 6. Gender-Based Violence NATIONAL STATISTICS •1 in 71 men report experiencing rape at some point in their lives (U.S. Centers for Disease Control, 2012) •Approximately 1 in 5 undergraduate women experience attempted or completed sexual assault in their college career (National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Division of Violence Prevention, 2012) •1 in 12 women and 1 in 45 men have been stalked at some point in their lifetime (National Institute for Justice) •As many as 53% of college students have experienced at least one incident of dating violence (National Center for Victims of Crime)
  7. 7. Violence at Storrs STORRS CAMPUS STATISTICS Reported forcible sexual assaults on campus •2010: 12 •2011: 8 •2012: 13
  8. 8. UConn Resources OFFICE OF DIVERSITY AND EQUITY AND TITLE IX COORDINATOR www.ode.uconn.edu www.sexualviolence.uconn.edu (860) 486-2943 DIVISION OF STUDENT AFFAIRS COMMUNITY STANDARDS Student-to-Student Claims (860) 486-8402 UCONN POLICE DEPARTMENT 911 – emergencies (860) 486-4800 (routine calls)
  9. 9. Response All University employees without privileged communication are required to contact Community Standards, Office of Diversity & Equity or the Title IX Coordinator when someone discloses they have been sexually assaulted.
  10. 10. More Resources On-Campus Resources *Student Health Services,Women’s Clinic: 860-486-4837 *Counseling and Mental Health Services: 860-486-4705 Women’s Center: 860-486-4738 Department of Residential Life: 860-486-3430 Dean of Students Office: 860-486-3426 Local Resources (Off-Campus) *Sexual Assault Crisis Center of Eastern Connecticut 24 Hour Hotline: 860-456-2789 Willimantic Office: 860-456-3595 *Domestic Violence Program of United Services, Inc. – 860.456.9476 *Confidential Options
  11. 11. Consent UConn’s definition of consent Consent: •is an understandable exchange of affirmative words or actions, which indicate a willingness to participate in mutually agreed upon sexual activity. •must be informed, freely and actively given. •It is the responsibility of the initiator to obtain clear and affirmative responses at each stage of sexual involvement. •The lack of a negative response is not consent. •An individual who is incapacitated by alcohol and/or other drugs both voluntarily or involuntarily consumed may not give consent. •Past consent of sexual activity does not imply ongoing future consent.
  12. 12. Incapacitation ● Drinking and hooking up are not mutually exclusive. ● Initiator’s responsibility to make sure the person or persons they are hoping to engage with is/are in a state where they are able to make rational and reasonable decisions. o Ask yourself: Can this person/these people understand and articulate the “who”, “what”, “when”, “where”, “why” and “how” of this potential sexual interaction?” ● We all react to alcohol differently. We cannot offer a set number of drinks or BAC level that will keep everyone in a state where they are able to consent.
  13. 13. Stalking ● repeated harassing or threatening behavior o could involve:  following  unwanted phone calls/hangups  sending unwanted gifts  leaving notes  tracking  contacting people that know the one being stalked
  14. 14. Connecticut stalking law is outlined in Sec. 53a-181(c)(d)(e) of the Penal Code. In Connecticut, a person is guilty of stalking in the third degree when: ● “…he recklessly causes another person to fear for his physical safety by willfully and repeatedly following or lying in wait for such other person.” In Connecticut, a person is guilty of stalking in the second degree when: ● “…with intent to cause another person to fear for his physical safety, he willfully and repeatedly follows or lies in wait for such other person and causes such other person to reasonably fear for his physical safety.” In Connecticut, a person is guilty of stalking in the first degree when he commits stalking in the second degree and: ● He has previously been convicted of first or second degree stalking. ● OR the stalking violates a court order in effect at the time of the offense. ● OR the victim is under the age of sixteen. ● Stalking in the first degree is a Class D felony.
  15. 15. Consent and Rape Culture on campus TEDx Talk (Start 8:30) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXtuy27wir E
  16. 16. Discussion - What are your thoughts? - Do you agree with her or disagree? Why? - Is any of this relevant to our campus? If so, what exactly is it? (Give scenarios) - Dating apps - Parties/Social
  17. 17. Diffusion of Responsibility – Phenomenon whereby each bystander’s sense of responsibility to help decreases as the number of witnesses increases. Pluralistic Ignorance – Phenomenon whereby bystanders assume that nothing is wrong in an emergency because no one else looks concerned. This greatly interferes with the interpretation of the event as a problem/emergency and therefore reduces helping. Spiral of Silence – A theory that asserts a person is less likely to voice an opinion if one feels that one is in the minority for fear of reprisal or isolation from the majority.
  18. 18. Types of Bystanders ● Bystander: Anyone who sees or otherwise becomes aware of behavior that appears worthy of comment or action. ● Negative Bystander: A spectator who actively participates in victimization and/or contributes to a hostile environment ● Neutral Bystander: A nonparticipant spectator. o Not making a choice is still a choice ● Positive Bystander: A spectator who witnesses problematic behavior and does something to intervene in a way that impacts the outcome positively.
  19. 19. Techniques ● Direct o Confront either the potential target or the person who has or you think may commit the violent act or create a hostile environment.  saying things like “That’s not cool, please stop” or “Leave them alone” ● works best when you know the person you’re trying to help ● when mixed with an environment where alcohol or drugs are used, it could go badly because the person could become defensive
  20. 20. Techniques ● Distract o Interrupt the flow of potential violence. Once the bystander identifies a high risk situation that person goes to work to distract either the target or the one about to commit the violence  could say things like: “Aren’t you in my class?” or “Don’t you know my friend ___?” ● This tactic is successful when there is drugs or alcohol being used because people under the influence will more likely be distracted
  21. 21. Techniques Delegate o Involve others or ask for help from an authority figure  Asking someone to go sit with them and talk  Taking them to the bathroom or to go dance o If you don’t know the person, ask around and see if someone else does  Help could come from a bartender or bouncer or the people you came with
  22. 22. Techniques ● Delay o When you check in after the incident to see if the person is okay or if there is anything you can do  Could be used if you feel unsafe or if you see someone visibly upset perhaps after the incident occurred ● “Are you okay” ● “How can I help you” ● “I’m so sorry that happened to you”
  23. 23. Things to Consider In the past have you generally been a bystander or intervener? In what kinds of situations are you one or the other? Out of the topics we have discussed, which interventions are more difficult and why? What message do you think it sends when people are “silent” about an issue? What did you learn that you did not know or were not aware of before? What skill or strategy is most difficult for you to put into practice? Why?

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