According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, 1 in 5 women and 1 in 16 men are assaulted during their time in college. With this knowledge and the visibility of high profile sexual assault cases in the news, the campus in our area realized that resources needed to be available to students who are survivors of campus sexual assault. A unique partnership was started through a grant in 2016, provided by the State of Ohio to The Domestic Violence Shelter, to create a memorandum of understanding with the local campus. The Shelter provides a campus sexual assault advocate to The Ohio State University Mansfield and North Central State College.
The primary purpose of this partnership is to provide advocacy and support to survivors of sexual violence, as well as stalking, dating and domestic violence. The Campus Sexual Assault Advocate (CSAA) also plans and hosts programs that focus on preventing these forms of violence in the campus community and bringing awareness to students. The CSAA’s role on campus helps the colleges comply with federal Title IX mandates.
In the last few years, colleges throughout the United States have been held accountable for not providing adequate services for survivors. North Central State College and The Ohio State University Mansfield has taken measures to provide students with all services they might need as a survivor of sexual violence. The sexual assault advocate, Sarah Metzger, works to ensure that survivors feel safe and supported on campus.
What are the Campus Sexual Assault Advocate services?
Advocacy services for survivors include; providing support for survivors, helping them find local resources, insuring that they receive appropriate accommodations, and being there for support during the healing and recovery process. The campus advocate is trained to help navigate campus policy regarding sexual violence, and educate students of their rights. Survivors can request that the CSAA accompanies them to campus and legal proceedings or other types of appointments The advocate also assists in connecting survivors to The Shelter services.
All services are free and confidential. The confidentiality of this program allows students to ask questions and learn about the reporting process before they decide when and to whom they would like to report. This helps survivors regain some of the control they may have lost when they were assaulted and to make choices for themselves.
The CSAA will be on campus, Mondays and Thursdays from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. The office is located in Conard Learning Center Room 101 (right across from the Bromfield Library on OSU Mansfield/ NC State College Campus). Email Sarah to make an appointment to talk about dating violence, sexual violence, stalking, domestic violence or any questions related to these topics.
Sarah Metzger, 419-774-5843 ext, 116
If in a crisis, call The Shelter at 800-931-7233. In an Emergency call 9-1-1
Many people have heard of Title IX (9), but know few details about this important federal law. In short, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 states:
No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.
In it’s early years, Title IX was interpreted to ensure equal opportunities in collegiate sports. But over 40 years later it is used to guarantee rights to any student who’s education is compromised by unfair treatment due to their gender or sexuality. What this means to survivors of sexual violence is that they are guaranteed the right to continue their education and receive accommodations to ensure their pursuit of higher education.
Sarah helps students understand their rights under Title IX and can help them make a report to the campus Title IX officer if needed. She can also help coordinate appropriate campus accommodations if needed. Every college is required to have a Title IX coordinator, who handles cases and works to ensure that students rights are protected.
The Ohio State University Mansfield Title IX:
Dr. Donna Hight, Chief Student Life Officer
The Ohio State University Title IX Coordinator
21 E. 11th Ave, Columbus, OH 43201
(614) 247-5838 | email@example.com
North Central State College Mansfield Title IX:
Vice President of Academic and Student Services
To learn more about Title IX for college students check out Know Your IX
To learn more about OSU’s Title IX program check out The Office of University Compliance and Integrity: Title IX
Campus Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Programming
Another focus of the Campus Sexual Assault Advocate’s role on campus is to provide events and programs for students. The events focus on the prevention of interpersonal violence, as well as to bring awareness to topics such as sexual violence, domestic and dating violence, stalking, human trafficking and unhealthy relationships. The events are designed to provoke thought and discussion and to provide a safe place to talk about these topics.
North Central State College and The Ohio State University Mansfield received the Changing Campus Culture grant provided by The Ohio Department of Higher Education to expand prevention efforts on their campus, you can read more about the grant here: www.mansfieldnewsjournal.com/grant
Event and Program Highlights:
The campus sexual assault advocate works with the student group No More. This campus group is part of a national organization who says NO MORE sexual and domestic violence.
This student led group works to start conversations about sexual and domestic violence. One of their stand out events was called “Denim Day.” This internationally recognized day brings awareness to victim blaming and encourages people to speak up against these kinds of behaviors. The history of Denim Day can be found here http://denimdayinfo.org/. No More supplied students with items like denim jackets and vests and hosted a photo booth where people could take pictures and say NO MORE victim blaming. If this is a group you would like to be a part of, email Sarah to get connected!
Our advocate coordinates events throughout the year to bring awareness to domestic and sexual violence, stalking, dating violence, anything related to these topics.
- Take Back The Night
- Clothes line project
- Day of healing: Campus day that highlights resources available in our community
- One billion rising
- Date night: Free event that allows students to celebrate the healthy relationships in their lives
- Coffee and consent: Students participate in an interactive activity about consent and receive free coffee
- New student orientation
- Campus housing presentations
- Classroom presentations
- Student group presentations
- Community involvement fair
- Awareness tables throughout campus
Contact Sarah if you have any questions about our events or if you’d like to be involved in our upcoming events!
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