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PRESS RELEASE: For Immediate Release - September 19, 2013 Contact: Angela Rose, 877.399.1346, Ex 1
National Campus Sexual Assault Summit To Be Held At Georgetown Law: Prevention, Empowerment and Policy
Washington DC – September is National Campus Safety Awareness Month and the national nonprofit PAVE: Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment is convening the first ever National Campus Sexual Assault Summit that will focus on violence prevention with bystander intervention, empowerment of survivors, and policy including Title IX, The Clery Act and the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act. The National Campus Sexual Assault Summit will be convened on Friday, September 27, at Georgetown Law from 12:30pm-5:00pm featuring special guest Sarah Rice from MTV. This Summit is being broadcast live via webcast to over 300 colleges across the country. According to the US Department of Justice, at least one in four college women will be a victim of sexual assault during her academic career. Recent coverage of the treatment of a rape victim at a major university shows how poorly designed procedures coupled with uninformed policies and a disconnected culture re-victimized the victim. Angela Rose, Founder of PAVE said, “We are galvanizing the collective and collaborative national movement on college campuses to enable students to have a learning environment free from harassment, violence and fear. Moreover, countless survivors are re-victimized by institutions and even fellow students when they attempt to seek justice – that has to change.” Two outspoken survivors of campus sexual assault who have received national media attention for their fight for justice – Laura Dunn and Wendy Wyler – will be present and available for interview. PAVE’s efforts boldly aspire to one day transform our nation into one free from sexual assault and ensure that no victim ever feels alone or disempowered. The National Campus Sexual Assault Summit is a part of the Safe Campus, Strong Voices campaign, which is a partnership between PAVE: Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment and the Clery Center for Security On Campus. Over 400 colleges across the country have downloaded the Safe Campus, Strong Voices tool-kit. The partnership also launched a free mobile phone application “Shatter The Silence.” Founded by a victim of abduction and sexual assault turned activist Angela Rose, Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment (PAVE) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to using education and action to shatter the silence and prevent sexual violence through targeted social, educational, and legislative tactics. PAVE’s work has been featured on CNN, Today Show, and the Oprah Winfrey Network. PAVE strongly believes in the power of collaboration and the National Campus Sexual Assault Summit collaboration organizations include: Know Your IX, Male Survivor, National Stalking Resource Center, RESPONSE ABILITY Project, IX Network, the Gordie Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Hollaback!, Stop the Silence, Students Active for Ending Rape (SAFER), HazingPrevention.org, Break the Cycle, the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan and Georgetown Law Advocates Against Sexual Violence.
NATIONAL CAMPUS SEXUAL ASSAULT SUMMIT
REGISTER TO ATTEND OR PARTICIPATE LIVE VIRTUALLY!
Galvanizing the collaborative national movement!
12:30-5pm EST * 11:30-4:00pm CST * 10:30-3pm MST * 9:30-2pm PST
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Broadcasting Live to Over 300 Colleges with an Interactive Town Hall Featuring Special Guest Sarah Rice from MTV!
Register to participate LIVE from your University! We encourage you to gather a multi-disciplinary group including RAs, Dean of Students, Campus Police, and student leaders. Limited in person seating at Georgetown Law – registration required. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!
- Engaging Men in the Movement & Bystander Intervention
- The Survivors Voice & Organizing on Campus
- Policy, Title IX, and the Justice System
- Serving Under-represented Populations: Students of Color and LGBTQQA
- Male Survivors
- Galvanizing the National Movement: Prevention and Empowerment
- Best Practices and Next Steps
Safe Campus, Strong Voices campaign is a partnership of PAVE: Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment and Clery Center for Security on Campus for September, which is National Campus Safety Awareness Month. Collaborators include Stalking Resource Center, RESPONSE ABILITY Project, the Gordie Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Hollaback!, Stop the Silence, Students Active for Ending Rape (SAFER), HazingPrevention.org, Break the Cycle, and the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan. Special thanks to our host Georgetown Law Advocates Against Sexual Violence!
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Special thanks to our host Georgetown Law Advocates Against Sexual Violence.
PAVE: Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment is a multi-national nonprofit that uses education and action to shatter the silence and prevent sexual and domestic violence. PAVE’s work has been featured on CNN, Today Show, and in TIME.
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.
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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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.
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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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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.
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.
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!
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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