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Sexual Assault: Courageous Conversations and Bystander Intervention

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This presentation is from the National Center for Campus Public Safety’s webinar, Sexual Assault: Courageous Conversations and Bystander Intervention. The prevalence and growing concern regarding sexual assault in higher education cannot be denied. In this webinar, Thomas R. Tremblay, retired Burlington, VT police chief and nationally recognized subject matter expert, advocates for having "courageous community conversations." This webinar is a call to action, encouraging listeners to be leaders in sexual assault awareness and prevention by standing up, speaking out, and engaging in courageous conversations that will make a difference.

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Sexual Assault: Courageous Conversations and Bystander Intervention

  1. 1. The National Center for Campus Public Safety Chief Tom Tremblay (Ret) Tom Tremblay Consulting & Training www.tomtremblayconsulting.com 2
  2. 2. The National Center for Campus Public Safety 3 Activism & Outrage
  3. 3. The National Center for Campus Public Safety Courageous Conversations: 1 •  What is the University doing to eliminate sexual harassment / sexual assault, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects? 4
  4. 4. The National Center for Campus Public Safety 5
  5. 5. The National Center for Campus Public Safety Report on the AAU Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct, page ix 6
  6. 6. The National Center for Campus Public Safety Prevalence of Sexual Assault • Historically most sexual violence is committed by men directed at women… • Equity & Inclusion: our response must be culturally relevant and inclusive of diverse communities, identities, underserved and/or marginalized populations • LGBTQ victimization – Need to better understand their experiences and work in partnership to address their concerns and safety 7
  7. 7. The National Center for Campus Public Safety Harvard President Faust’s Statement
 September 21, 2015 “…The prevalence of sexual assault represents a deeply troubling problem for Harvard, for colleges and universities more broadly, and for our society at large… “…Sexual assault is intolerable, and we owe it to one another to confront it openly, purposefully, and effectively. This is our problem…” h"p://www.harvard.edu/president/news/2015/ statement-on-results-sexual-conduct-survey 8
  8. 8. The National Center for Campus Public Safety The head of the University of Alaska-Fairbanks did remarkable something on Tuesday: He admitted his school had not handled sexual assault cases well, and apologized for it… h"p://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/college-president- apology-sexual-assault_5628fc90e4b0443bb562ddc0 9
  9. 9. The National Center for Campus Public Safety I Are We Working TOGETHER? 10
  10. 10. The National Center for Campus Public Safety White House Task Force: Model MOU Building Partnerships among Law Enforcement Agencies, Colleges and Universities: Developing a Memorandum of Understanding to Prevent and Respond Effectively to Sexual Assaults at Colleges and Universities www.whitehouse.gov/.../ white_house_task_force_law_enforcement_mou.pdf 11
  11. 11. The National Center for Campus Public Safety Best Practices for Investigations •  MDT – Community Coordinated •  Trauma informed training and policy •  Internal audits: data collection and analysis •  After action case reviews •  External Review / External Review Teams •  Recognize and support employees doing this difficult work – institutional support and self care 12
  12. 12. The National Center for Campus Public Safety Courageous Conversations: 2 What is the role of Alcohol in sexual assault – are we looking at alcohol objectively? Drinking is Not A Crime – Rape Is 13
  13. 13. The National Center for Campus Public Safety h"p://feminisHng.com/2015/11/11/bloomingdales./ 14
  14. 14. The National Center for Campus Public Safety Report AAU Survey: “Risk Factors” 
 Page ix •  “… the use of alcohol and drugs…” •  First year students:“…may experience higher risk because they are not as familiar with situations that may lead to sexual assault…” Lets change the lens: “Offenders often target persons they believe are most vulnerable…” 15
  15. 15. The National Center for Campus Public Safety “Alcohol as a weapon” 16
  16. 16. The National Center for Campus Public Safety Alcohol as weapon and a shield… Alcohol can be used as a WEAPON against victims to make them vulnerable and to diminish their credibility Alcohol can be used as a SHIELD to blame victim behavior and excuse offender behavior 17
  17. 17. The National Center for Campus Public Safety Courageous Conversations: 3 Are we examining male dominated cultures – are we looking at male dominated cultures objectively? 18
  18. 18. The National Center for Campus Public Safety If 95% of men do not sexually assault what role are they playing in awareness and prevention? We have to make boys and men part of the solution! Winona State Univ. Student Led Awareness 19
  19. 19. The National Center for Campus Public Safety Normalizing and Promoting Rape
 is not part of the solution! 20
  20. 20. The National Center for Campus Public Safety “In Luring Rape Bait” h?p://www.cbsatlanta.com/story/23636290/ga-tech- frat-brother-sends-out-email-on-how-to-get-a-girl 21
  21. 21. The National Center for Campus Public Safety Courageous Conversations: 4 We need bystanders who can have “courageous conversations to help address the “thought process” and change the message! 22
  22. 22. The National Center for Campus Public Safety Changing the message… • The Impact of Language! • Are we speaking accurately about sexual assault? Winona State Univ. Student Led Awareness 23
  23. 23. The National Center for Campus Public Safety Changing the message… Inaccurate: “Alleged victim” “Alleged sexual assault” “The accuser” 24 Accurate: “Victim / Complainant” “Reported sexual assault” The state is the “accuser” in the criminal justice system. The university is the “accuser” for the code of conduct violation
  24. 24. The National Center for Campus Public Safety Changing the Message… Most prevention efforts have not addressed offender behavior Winona State Univ. Student Led Awareness 25
  25. 25. The National Center for Campus Public Safety Changing the Message… 26
  26. 26. The National Center for Campus Public Safety Leaders Wanted 27
  27. 27. The National Center for Campus Public Safety Chief Tom Tremblay (Ret) Tom Tremblay Consulting & Training www.tomtremblayconsulting.com 28
  28. 28. www.margolishealy.com www.nccpsafety.org info@nccpsafety.org 1.866.817.5817 www.bja.gov

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