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Cleveland State University students and Magnus, the school mascot, for the shape of a heart in the Student Center for Sexual Assault Awareness month.


April 18, 2017

CSU hosts Engaging New Voices workshop for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

A sexual assault awareness workshop on Thursday, April 6 was the first of Cleveland State Unversity’s activities for Sexual Assault Awareness Month, which has the theme, “We Believe.”

During the Engaging New Voices event, student actors participated in two different scenarios about sexual violence and intimate partner violence. After each scenario, a question-and-answer session involved students about what happened and what could have gone differently in the scenarios that were presented.

The Office for Institutional Equity (OIE) presented information about the policies and procedures on campus and the definition of what it means to consent. The OIE is responsible for investigating the complaints that are made regarding sexual assault.

Vanessa Sampsel, the campus outreach specialist for the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center who presented at the event, talked about what having this workshop means.

“During this event we have ways to get involved, how to reach the CSU Police Department and the different programs they have to offer to combat sexual assault,” Sampsel said. “What the role the crisis center played in this event was talking about basic tools of bystander intervention, how you can provide support to somebody, and our resources on campus.”

The Cleveland State counseling center and Vikes Against Intimate Partner Violence passed materials to the attendees. The counseling center provides psychological services to help students who have experienced some sort of trauma. Vikes Against Intimate Partner Violence explained that the term intimate partner violence is a pattern of behaviors used to gain power over an intimate partner.
More events took place as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, including a resource fair that deals with the issue of personal safety and awareness and empowered bystander training which shows how to intervene in difficult situations, both events happened on Thursday, April 13.


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