Lifestyles Center Blog

MASTERING MONDAY: SEXUAL ASSAULT

RAINN is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE, online.rainn.orgyrainn.org/es) in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country. Their website offers complete support to sexual assault survivors and anyone who has ever been disclosed to by a survivor. The link below is an article on how to respond to a survivor. If you are ever put in the sensitive situation of disclosure, it is good to know how to respond. The website also features material on how to help prevent sexual assault, what to do after an incident, and other general information.

Read This: https://www.rainn.org/articles/how-respond-survivor

In the video below, is a humorous take on a serious issue. We are able to see what it would be like if people treated the threat of a killer bear like the threat of sexual assault. If you or someone you know could benefit from a simple, straightforward, entertaining video on the immediacy of sexual assault, click this link!

Watch This: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNVFPkmZTQ4

Do This: Know Your Resources. If you ever find yourself in a situation involving sexual assault, it is important to know your options:

  1. Police. WARNING. Never contact the police if the sexual assault survivor does not wish to. They have just had all control taken away from them and it is imperative that they have complete control over what happens next.
  2. Medical Assistance. Because the survivor could have been physically harmed during the sexual assault and there may be DNA evidence on their bodies and their belongings, it is good to suggest medical attention. However, it is still important to give them a choice.
  3. Hotlines. A few 24/7 phone call options for sexual assault survivors and their supporters are:
    1. SAF- 315.342.1600. SAF will also transport survivors and act as advocates in hospital and other situations. Their services are FREE.
    2. Protocol (on-campus counseling hotline)- 315.312.4416 (press 2 when prompted). If you or the survivor would like regular counseling, call the same number but do not select the emergency option in order to schedule an appointment.
    3. Rainn- 800.656.HOPE(4673). RAINN’s website is also an awesome resource for survivors and their supporters.
  4. Lisa Evaneski. One of the most amazing resources on campus is our Title IX coordinator, Lisa Evaneski. Her office is 405 Culkin Hall, her email is lisa.evaneski@oswego.edu, and her phone number is 315.312.5604. Lisa is amazing because she is always willing to help, no matter how big, small, near or far the sexual assault is. If you do not know what to do in a situation of sexual assault Lisa can walk you through your options. Her services are private and available to all SUNY Oswego students.

Written and Researched by Sarah Pasquarelli, Peer Educator

Photo Cred:Sexual Assault Ribbon