School is back in session, so it’s no wonder that September is National Campus Safety Awareness Month. With one in five women the victims of rape or attempted rape in college, it’s more important than ever to learn how you can stay safe on campus, and what you do to spread awareness:
- Take part on September 25, recognized as the official Day of Action on campuses. Encourage students, faculty and staff to make the PACT:
- I am aware that sexual assault can happen to anyone at any time.
- I believe we can end sexual assault through education.
- I will always be sure of genuine consent before any sexual activity.
- I will take action if I see a situation that could lead to sexual assault.
- I commit to learning more and promoting the PACT.
- Screen one of the free student-produced documentaries as part of the PACT5 collaborative documentary project. All the documentaries are focused on raising awareness about sexual assault on campus.
- The Clery Center and Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment (PAVE) have launched a national initiative for NCSAM called Safe Campus, Strong Voices (SCSV). Use their toolkit to plan activities, set up social media and create bulletin board materials for dorm rooms.
- Spread the word about NCSAM all month on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Share event information and be sure to use hashtags #NCSAM and #SCSV on relevant posts. Or you can direct followers and fans to Safe Campus, Strong Voices on Facebook and Twitter.
Together, we can all educate others on sexual assault on college campuses, and in turn help promote safe and healthy relationships.