By Alicia James
One out of every six adults in the U.S. has been raped, and 73% of victims know the perpetrator. Sadly, 60% of sexual assaults go unreported. Due to these nauseous statistics, Oregon State University President Edward J. Ray has called the university community to action, challenging all members to work together to stop sexual violence.
Ray’s edict follows a recent announcement of the federal “It’s On Us” campaign, designed to raise awareness and prevent sexual assault on university campuses. Ray issued a statement two Fridays ago to students, faculty, and staff which detailed OSU’s extant rape prevention programs and resources while raising the accountability bar. He stated, “These assaults must end, and to do so will require our collective focus locally and nationally.”
OSU will develop its own “It’s On US” website that will have detailed information about prevention, response, and education programs. In the meantime, OSU’s resources are below.
In the event you are raped:
- Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS) provides confidential support to sexual assault survivors: 541-737-7604; http://oregonstate.edu/counsel/osu-sexual-assault-support-services-sass
- Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) in Student Health Services provides confidential medical exams: 541-737-9355; http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/sane
- OSU Office of Equity and Inclusion: 541-737-3556; http://oregonstate.edu/oei/sexual-harassment-and-violence-policy
- Oregon State Police – Corvallis Campus: 541-737-3010 for non-emergency calls, 541-737-7000 for emergency calls; http://oregonstate.edu/dept/security/home
Local law enforcement agencies within your off-campus community: Call 911 for immediate emergency assistance or referral.
- “Haven” is an online prevention education program required for all incoming OSU students and student athletes
- “AlcoholEdu” is a substance abuse prevention program required for all incoming first-year students attending OSU in Corvallis
- Sexual violence prevention educator on staff in OSU Student Health Services: 541-737-9355
Other OSU Efforts
- On-going training for all residential staff in University Housing and Dining Services in conjunction with the Office of Equity and Inclusion, Sexual Assault Support Services, and Student Health Services to understand, identify, and appropriately respond to disclosures of sexual violence.
- Residence hall educational programming—including resource information and support—provided by professional staff and students.
- Required educational programs for students living in OSU’s Affiliated Housing Program. In other words, fraternities and sororities.
- Sexual harassment and sexual violence prevention training for OSU employees by the Office of Equity and Inclusion. Oregon State employee policy on responding to disclosures of sexual violence or sexual harassment.
OSU Community Partners
- Corvallis Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV) provides confidential, 24-hour hotline services in the Corvallis area: 541-754-0110; www.cardv.org
- Guide to sexual assault service responders in communities through Oregon and the U.S.: www.notalone.gov/resources
- Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis: 541-768-5111