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It’s On Us, a national campaign against sexual assault on college campus, will host a Demonstration Day event at noon Tuesday, Nov. 17, in the Martin Luther King Memorial Commons. The NIU Student Association will provide more information about the movement during the event. Guests are invited to take the pledge to: RECOGNIZE that non-consensual...
When it comes to initiating sexual encounters, only “yes” means “yes” is the message for the NIU community since NIU’s consent policy was officially adopted. Many have worked diligently behind-the-scenes on the university’s Violence Against Women Task Force and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Implementation Committee to bring this issue to the forefront. NIU...
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Only “yes” means “yes” is the message for the NIU community now that NIU’s consent policy officially was adopted in regard to initiating sexual encounters. Over the next few months, NIU Today will feature members of the university’s Violence Against Women Task Force and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Implementation Committee who have worked...
NIU President Doug Baker and Kristen Meyer, chair of the VAWA Implementation Committee
NIU is adopting a definition of “affirmative consent” that requires anyone attempting to initiate a sexual encounter to ask for – and receive – a clear and voluntary “yes” before beginning. Its implementation prohibits sexual activity that does not involve the affirmative consent of each individual. Moreover, NIU’s definition holds that consenters can withdraw their...
NIU’s Presidential Commission on the Status of Women will host a fall conference on “Creating a Safer Campus: Supporting Survivors and Removing Barriers – Part 1.” Scheduled from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, the conference is open to all faculty and staff looking to obtain resources and gain insight on how to support...
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All incoming new students – freshmen and transfers – must complete mandatory online education designed to improve their understanding of the critical issues regarding sexual assault, interpersonal violence, stalking and bystander intervention, as well as the prevention of alcohol misuse. With the 2013 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and the 2014 Campus...
As part of a university initiative to reduce risk and promote safety, 10 Northern Illinois University employees were recently added to an interdisciplinary team when they were certified by Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) to teach women’s self-defense. The new instructors represent Intercollegiate Athletics, Human Resources, Health Enhancement and the NIU Police Department, adding to the...
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Health Enhancement & Victim Advocacy Services, in collaboration with other units across campus, is hosting a series of events this month in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Members of the campus and local communities have an opportunity to become more knowledgeable about the dynamics of sexual assault and how this issue impacts individuals in...
Malya Villard-Appolon
Malya Villard-Appolon, named the 2012 CNN Hero of the Year for her work combating sexual violence against women in Haiti, will visit and speak at NIU this month. Villard-Appolon is associate director of KOFAVIV, an organization that helps victims of sexual violence in Haiti. Her advocacy work has taken her to the courtroom, internally displaced...
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News from Washington, D.C. … Further review of the FY 2014 omnibus appropriations bill reveals language that was included that will make about half of federally funded research accessible to the public. This provision requires federal agencies under the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education portion of the bill with research budgets of $100...
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One in three women is the victim of a sexual assault. One in five women is the victim of attempted or completed sexual assault while in college. These statistics demonstrate the importance of educating and training women to avoid situations when possible and defend themselves when necessary. Female students, staff and faculty are invited to...
“In Motion”
The national statistics are frightening: 1 in 5 women are victims of completed or attempted sexual assault while in college. Ninety percent of women know the person who sexually assaulted or raped them. Ninety-five percent of college campus sexual assaults are unreported. At least 50 percent of sexual assaults on college campuses are alcohol-related. Eighty...
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