Action Alert! College Professor who Violated Sexual Harassment Policies

Students Demand that a College Professor who Violated Sexual Harassment Policies Not Teach This Fall

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RALLY, Sept 10: Join Wendy Wyler on the campus of Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU). Wendy Wyler will be speaking out in an on campus rally this coming week, September 10th, 2o13 at 1pm in front of Adanti Student Center next to the music building, Earl Hall.

September 3, 2013 – NEW HAVEN, Conn. – This week, Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) allowed a professor who violated its sexual harassment policies to continue teaching despite an ongoing Title IX law suit and a 2,000 signature petition full of community outrage.

In 2011, Wendy Wyler reported to SCSU that Prof. David Chevan had verbally and physically sexually harassed her. In addition to making several unwanted sexual advances, Prof. Chevan led Wendy into a storage room, closed the door, stood in front of it, and continually propositioned her. She was traumatized: “When he shut the door behind him, everything about him changed. I wondered if anyone would hear me if I screamed. I repeatedly told him no.”

Wendy reported to SCSU, where officials asked her to “really consider whether or not I want to make a sexual harassment report,” citing a long process and suggesting she may be overreacting. Wendy was not deterred; she filed the complaint and spent her senior year on campus feeling alienated from peers and too unsafe to take music courses since Prof. Chevan was still teaching.

Although SCSU determined that Prof. Chevan had violated its sexual harassment policies, he was allowed to continue teaching with a minor suspension. This is outrageous given his pattern of sexually harassing students stems back over a decade. “I know an alumna of SCSU who graduated more than 10 years ago and had similar problems with Chevan, but was afraid to report,” posted an anonymous faculty member to the petition started by PAVE and SurvJustice.

To demand Prof. Chevan be removed, Wendy Wyler will be speaking out in an on campus rally this coming Tuesday, September 10th at 1pm in front of Adanti Student Center with supportive students and faculty. “I’m supporting this petition because this university has done its students wrong. Ensuring the safety of your students is their job. I’m supporting this petition because I am furious,” said one SCSU student Madison Breuer. Two SCSU faculty members are supporting the students who are rallying. As one of them explained,When Wendy’s case became public, more than one of my colleagues indicated that they had information about other instances of sexual misconduct, but victims did not want to report. The fact that we have so few reported cases ought to be a red flag. The question isn’t whether there are problems . . . but rather how we respond to them.”

Wendy’s case comes at a time when many survivors of campus sexual harassment and violence have filed Title IX complaints with the U.S. Department of Education, which is under pressure to improve its enforcement. Instead of relying on the Department, Wendy has filed a federal lawsuit under Title IX against SCSU to hold it accountable.

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PAVE is a multi-national nonprofit that uses education and action to shatter the silence of sexual violence. PAVE’s work has been featured on CNN, Today Show, and in TIME: www.ShatteringTheSilence.org

SurvJustice is an organization working to provide justice for survivors of sexual violence through effective legal assistance, institutional policymaking and legislative lobbying: www.survjustice.org

 

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Campus Sexual Assault Petition to US Dept of Ed

Department of Education: Hold colleges accountable that break the law by refusing to protect students from sexual assault

Colleges and universities across the country are failing live up to their legal responsibilities to combat sexual violence and support survivors. Although the Department of Education (ED) is charged with enforcing relevant laws like Title IX, its reluctance to hold schools accountable has allowed unsafe campuses and institutional abuse to continue unchanged.

SIGN THE PETITION – CLICK HERE

Launch of Our Mobile Phone Application!

Shatter the Silence Mobile Phone App!

PAVE and the Clery Center for Security on Campus’ Shatter The Silence App provides education and resources to help prevent sexual violence by equipping users with knowledge, skills and services through interactive multimedia tools. Shatter The Silence also provides instant EMERGENCY functionality that will contact the police, and connect you to immediate support from trained violence intervention specialists.


 

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Copyright 2013 by PAVE, Inc. and the Clery Center for Security on Campus

MEDIA:

Minnesota State University – Click here

White House  Apps Against Abuse – Click here

CNet – Click here

 

 

 

Travesty of Justice for Clergy Sexual Abuse Victims

Millstone Memorial, the nation’s first memorial in remembrance of clergy sex abuse survivors which was destroyed by a vandal for the second time in less than two years. PAVE Founder Angela Rose spoke at the rededication ceremony.

Media links:

Nj.com - Memorial to child victims of church sex abuse, destroyed twice, to be rededicated Sunday

Daily Record – Church rededicates monument to abuse survivors

Mendham Chester Patch – Monument ‘Expands Message’ With Third Dedication

NJ.com – Child sex abuse ‘as important as any other act of terrorism,’ crowd told at Mendham church

CBS NYC – Advocates Rededicate Sexual Abuse Victims’ Memorial Twice Hit By Vandals

Salem News – Twice Vandalized NJ Memorial to Clergy Sex Abuse Victims Rededicated in Special Ceremony

Travesty of Justice for Clergy Sexual Abuse Victims

Last Sunday in Mendham, NJ, I was a guest speaker at the rededication of the nation’s first memorial in remembrance of clergy sex abuse survivors, which was destroyed by a vandal for the second time in less than two years. The rededication ceremony was held in front of the damaged memorial outside of St Joseph’s Church, where former pastor James T. Hanley (who since has been defrocked) sexually abused more than sixty boys in the rectory.

How many news reports have you seen and heard of sexual abuse by priests? Countless. It has become practically normalized because it is so frequent. It needs to stop—and we as a nation need to come together with a unified voice to take stand.

We need to raise our voices in protest for the cover-ups, the victim blame, and the failure to protect our nation’s youth.

Now is the time. Sandusky, Catholic sexual abuse scandals, Steubenville: it is time for this nation to stand in solidarity to support sexual assault survivors and say, “No More.”

The time is NOW to stand together and be the voice for everyone who has been silenced by sexual violence.

 

 

Art for Awareness

IDEA FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH…Arts for Awareness!

Celebrities, musicians, poets and artists came together to lend their talent to shatter the silence of sexual violence at a multimedia event at the Red Bull Space in Soho produced by Rusted Blue Entertainment. Hundreds of participants enjoyed live performances, fine art silent auction, celebrity appearances including MTV’s Sarah Rice, down-home comfort food from Justin Timberlake’s restaurant Southern Hospitality, and sponsored drinks from High and Mighty Beer Co. and Berentzen. Contact us if you want to a host a PAVE’s Art for Awareness event in your community!

Steubenville Verdict

PAVE Founder Angela Rose talks about the verdict in the Steubenville, OH rape case…and the CNN media coverage of when the verdict was read. Sign the Change.org petition – click here!

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Protect Our Defenders Podcast

PAVE Affiliate Protect Our Defenders is doing groundbreaking work on the issue of military sexual trauma. CLICK HERE to visit their website to learn more!

BREAKING NEWS:  Protect Our Defenders Testifies Before Senate Armed Services Hearing on Sexual Assaults in the Military – Click here

Their mission it to honor, support, and give voice to the brave men and women in uniform who have been raped or sexually assaulted by fellow service members. They seek to fix the military training, investigation and adjudication systems related to sexual violence, systems that often re-victimize survivors by blaming them while failing to prosecute perpetrators.

PAVE Founder Angela Rose spoke with Retired Staff Sgt. Colleen Bushnell on the Dialogue For Action call – click here to listen.

ABOUT Staff Sgt. Colleen Bushnell:

She is a national Military Sexual Trauma Survivor Advocate, motivated by her deep respect and love for all those who endeavor volunteer service in the U.S. military. She is a Lackland Airforce Base sexual trauma survivor and an Advocacy Board Member for Protect Our Defenders. In 2004, she was sexually assaulted, and upon her report, the offender committed suicide. Her life was never the same. Now, she is doing groundbreaking work to shatter the silence of military sexual violence! Click here for more info!

Race for Change!

2 Nonprofits Came Together to Bring Awareness to Child Abuse!

CLICK HERE for ABC 7 News – They broadcasted live from the race!

 

 

PAVE & It’s Our Little Secret – RACE FOR CHANGE

 

Sunday, April 21, 2013
Busse Woods – Schaumburg Illinois

Details will be avail online www.itsourlittlesecret.org
7-8 am Race Day Packet Pick Up
(Same day registration is available)
8:30 am 10K Start
8:45 am 5K Run/1-Mile Walk Start
Awards Ceremony & Balloon Release will follow 

COURSE INFO:
Busse Woods Trail (Paved course), Grove 5, Elk Grove Village, IL.
Water stations and bathrooms are available throughout the course.
Course map & addition information available at www.itsourlittlesecret.org

*RACE IS CERTIFIED*

50-YARD DASH & BALLOON RELEASE:
Children 12 and under only.  All participating children will receive a prize.

To commemorate the lives affected from abuse, we will conduct a balloon release before Award Ceremony.  Children participating in 50 yard dash will receive one balloon. 

REGISTRATION FEES:
*All Registrants will receive a Dri-Fit Shirt and runner’s bag with Freebies!!

$35 10K Pre-Race Day $40 10K Race Day
$30 5K Pre-Race Day $35 5K Race Day
$35 1-Mile Walk for Family of 4
$25 1-Mile Walk Individual
$20 Students

AWARD INFORMATION:
Top 10/5K Run finishers in designated age groups will receive a medal.
Age groups: 11 and under, 12-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and older.

Overall 10K & 5K winners will receive awards and/or prizes for
1st place male and female, 2nd and 3rd place male and female winners will receive awards.  A prize to the overall runner for both 10K/5K Run male or female who ran for a Child(ren) will be awarded a one night stay at a TBD hotel/water park.  Great for family time! 

Race results will be available at www.itsourlittlesecret.org

For race registration and event questions please contact:
Maebelle Obispo-Emery, 5K Coordinator
Email: mobispo@itsourlittlesecret.org
Tel: 847.651.9878 

2 Nonprofits Coming Together to Bring Awareness to Child Abuse!

ABOUT IOLS:
The mission of It’s Our Little Secret (501c3) is to promote a healthy recovery for the
abused children & youth, and to stop the destructive future behavioral patterns of the
abused towards their own and other children.
www.itsourlittlesecret.org

ABOUT PAVE:
Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment (PAVE) is a multi-chapter national
501c3 nonprofit organization that uses education and action to shatter the silence of
sexual violence through targeted social, educational and legislative tactics.
www.pavingtheway.net

 

International Women’s Day Panel

Violence Against Women: A Panel Making International Connections

In recognition of International Women’s Day, this panel of representatives of community and college groups will discuss the implications of gender-based violence.

Thank you to Northeastern, UIC and Loyola for partnering with PAVE and hosting these wonderful panel discussions!