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University to host several events for Sexual Assault Awareness Month


April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). Throughout the month there will be several events to engage the Ohio University community in building a stronger culture of consent and respect in which power-based and sexual violence are not tolerated.

University Equity and Civil Rights Compliance, the Campus Involvement Center and the Survivor Advocacy Program are co-hosting a series of events to complement other campus programming throughout the month.

“We know that working together we can create change and stop sexual violence on our campus,” said Sara Trower, executive director of civil rights and accessibility and Title IX coordinator.

These are a few of the events:

  • Brave Miss World: A free documentary screening on April 13 at 6:30 p.m. in Lindley Hall 321
  • Queer Self-Defense Class with OUPD on April 14 at 3 p.m. in the Women’s Center for LGBTQ+ folks and allies (in conjunction with the LGBT Center)
  • Coffee with a Cop on April 17 from 8-10 a.m. in the Baker University Center Front Room
  • Faculty and Staff Open House: Equity and Civil Rights Compliance will host an event just for faculty and staff to learn about what services ECRC provides and what the rights and responsibilities faculty and staff have under Title IX.
  • For a complete list of events, click here.

Finally, throughout the month, watch for SAAM messages on OHIO’s Twitter account at @ohiou. Students can look for an email regarding the Changing Campus Culture annual survey that the Ohio Department of Higher Education asks students at every college and university in Ohio to complete.

To learn more about Ohio University’s policies addressing sexual misconduct, check out ECRC’s website. You may report sexual misconduct to the University by clicking on the “Report Sexual Misconduct” tab on ECRC’s website. 

If you wish to make a criminal report regarding sexual violence, for incidents occurring on campus, contact: Ohio University Police Department, 911 (emergency) or 740-593-1911, Scott Quad 135 or police@ohio.edu. For incidents occurring off campus, contact the Athens Police Department, 911 (emergency) or 740-592-3313, 11 N. College St. 

Confidential campus resources available to support survivors include: Survivor Advocacy Program, Lindley Hall 038, 740-597-SAFE (7223); Counseling and Psychological Services, 740-593-1616; and Campus Care 740-593-1660.