Sexual Violence Prevention
Join the It's On Us cultural movement aimed at fundamentally shifting the way we think about sexual assault. It's On Us is a rallying cry inviting everyone to step up and realize that the solution begins with us. It’s a declaration that sexual assault is not only a crime committed by a perpetrator against a victim, but a societal problem in which all of us have a role to play. We are reframing sexual assault in a way that inspires everyone to see it as their responsibility to do something, big or small, to prevent it. BGSU is charged with creating an environment, be it a dorm room, a party, a club or a sports team, or the greater college campus, where sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported.
It's On Us Week of Action: April 3-9
Support Sexual Assualt Awareness Week by taking part in activities throughout this week. See flyer for more details.
More About Sexual Assault Prevention at BGSU
Sexual Assault Awareness at BGSU is charged to the Drug, Alcohol, and Sexual Offenses Coalition (DASO). DASO Coalition is a University and Community endeavor to educate the campus community on the negative consequences of drugs and drug use; responsible alcohol choices; and sexual offenses including consent, sexual assault, domestic and intimate partner violence, and stalking as well as the impact by-stander intervention can have on reducing all of these behaviors. This is accomplished through active programming, advocacy and the dissemination of educational information through various medium.
Appointed members of DASO consists of a variety of representation throughout the BGSU community, including faculty, staff, undergraduate students, and graduate students. Community members consist of representatives from the Municipal Court system, Wood County Hospital, The SAAFE Center, Wood County Educational Services Center, and/or other community-based services.
Rape is a crime of power and control. It reflects a total disregard for the rights and feelings of others. No one should be forced or intimidated to have sex under any circumstances. Rape, sexual harassment and other sexual offenses can happen anywhere, at any time, to anyone. Based on a study conducted by the National Institute of Justice, it is estimated that a college enrolling 10,000 female students could experience more than 350 rapes per year (U.S. Department of Justice, December 2000). It is also estimated that one in 12 men is the victim of rape or sexual assault.
These are alarming statistics. BGSU does not tolerate sexual offenses. The University is prepared to handle situations of sexual assault whether they occur on campus or off campus. BGSU offers a variety of programs and services that focus on education, prevention and response to sexual offenses. Survivors of sexual offenses can experience high levels of physical and psychological distress. Negative consequences of sexual assault are wide ranging and may include:
- Unwanted pregnancy
- Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
- Adoption of negative health practices (such as the misuse of alcohol or drugs, eating disorders, and smoking)
- Difficulty sleeping
- Symptoms of depression and anxiety
- Difficulty concentrating on academic work
- Post-traumatic stress disorder or other psychological disorders
- Low self-esteem
- Problems with future intimacy or sexual functioning
In addition, there may be disruption of employment and expenditure of massive financial resources and time as a result of pursuing medical, social, psychological or legal services. Especially in cases of non-stranger rape, survivors may blame themselves. Many sexual offenses go unreported, which can result in survivors failing to obtain necessary medical, social, psychological and legal assistance.
BGSU Wellness Connection
The Wellness Connection is a lifestyle enhancement, information and referral center located at the Perry Field House. Comprehensive services including HIV testing, walk-in appointments, and educational opportunities are offered that foster optimum health and wellness for BGSU students and the community.