OVC Provider Forum Transcript

Campus Services for Victims of Sexual Assault
Donna Barry, Anthony Walker  -  2016/9/14
What strategies can a sexual assault community agency use to get a university to buy into the idea that victim assistance services are needed for their students, staff and faculty?
1.  Chief Walker
 COLLABORATION:The key to getting University buy-in is through communication and networking with key resources on campus; i.e., persons and offices that are working to reduce violence against women, including student groups. Such may include but are not limited to: 1) SART, Title IX Committee, Title IX Coordinator, Director of Counseling, Housing Department, University Police, etc. Once contact is made, ask if there are standing meetings and/or events that you may attend and/or become a part of.
2.  Donna Barry
 Schools can be very territorial and don't respond well to outside agencies advising them on how to handle issues. I would suggest that you revisit the collaboration and in the process find an ally from campus that will support you. Often it may be from their campus police or public safety department.
3.  Daisy Maldonado
 We have tried this approach and although initially the school appears interested in collaborating, in the end it does not seem they want to work with us.
4.  Donna Barry
 Community agencies can approach current service providers and outreach coordinators with a "what can we do to help?" approach. Offering support in their current efforts will work successfully and further develop a collaborative relationship.
Are we moving towards schools having a requirement to have app or online reporting capabilities?
1.  Donna Barry
 Confidential reporting is a requirement under the law now for campuses. However the format of that is not specific. Many schools choose to offer online reporting (and some through an app). Many apps have also been developed to assist student in how to get help if in a potential assault situation and are promoted on some campuses. An excellent one developed by the White House You're Not Alone campaign is called Circle of 6. It can be used anywhere on or off campus. Our students at Montclair State love it.
Stats for rapes at schools where partying is done off campus are grossly underestimated, is there any way to get the true numbers? Any kind of mandatory reporting for universities to report what’s going on off campus?
1.  Donna Barry
 The Clery Act determines the parameters regarding locations of crimes that are required to be off campus. I would refer you to the Clery Act Handbook for details. Most off campus crimes are not included in these reports. However developing a collaborative relationship with surrounding municipal law enforcement agencies could promote a voluntary reporting to the campus of those crimes not reported in the Clery Report.
Is there a statute on when a college student can ask the offender be punished?
1.  Chief Walker
 The evidence that was obtained in SA cases can be subpoenaed for criminal proceedings when/if victim leaves the university.
2.  Donna Barry
 The criminal statute of limitations on sexual assault will vary from state to state. A college student has the same rights under that statute as a community member. For conduct code violations, a victim can file a Title IX complaint against the offender as long as the offender is still a student, even if the victim leaves the school. Once the offender terminates his/her relationship with the school, the victim's only recourse is criminal charges.
If a survivor does not want to file a formal report/ move forward with a school investigation can they still ask that the offender gets taken out of their classes? Dorm?
1.  Chief Walker
 Donna is absolutely correct in her response.
2.  Donna Barry
 Schools handle this differently across the country. It is important to remember that the accused has rights as well and public institutions are required to provide due process to the offender as well as the victim.Thus, moving the accused without a complaint could be a violation. Some schools will offer a change of class or housing to the victim if he/she chooses not to move forward.
If an offender outs a victim on social media or publically is there any form of punishment the school can take against the offender?
1.  Donna Barry
 Retaliation of any form is a violation of federal law and therefore mandates a school to take code of conduct action against the individual and/or others who are involved.
Asked on behalf of our Victimology & Victim Services class at Becker College...What effective programs/best practices would you identify in 1.Education and prevention of sexual assaults 2.Responding to victims of sexual assualts Thank you.
1.  Donna Barry
 For prevention: 1) programming on consent and healthy sexual relationships in all new student seminars 2) It's on Us campaign led by athletes, Greeks and includes men 3) Bystander Intervention 4) Green Dot . These strategies must be continuous and measured to determine effectiveness on a campus. For response: 1. Utilizing a Sexual Assault Response Team (SART. 2) In addition to SART, supplementing its response with campus resources for counseling, housing and class accommodations, Title IX/conduct complaint, and continuing support through advocacy services once the initial response is completed. 3) assuring that all responders and individuals interacting with the victim have been trained in a trauma informed approach.
How are they going to reach and educate students against the prevention of sexual assault? When no means no, and enough is enough?
1.  Chief Walker
 Methods of educating students must be widespread and diverse, from mandatory education for new and incoming students. Based on personal experience, I have found a wealth of support and knowledge among faculty who are responsible for teaching University Life skills to new and incoming students.
2.  Donna Barry
 Not necessarily. It is the direction many schools are taking. Some are using healthy communication during sexual activity as the focus which includes the inability to consent due to drugs or alcohol.
3.  Donna Barry
 Many schools have changed their code of conduct to specifically define consent. For new students, the parameters of the campus code of conduct are typically presented during the orientation process. By law, we must also present education on sexual violence to all new students. Schools have chosen various forums to do this such as skits, discussions, or online, mandatory education programming. We also know that this "one shot" approach isn't educationally sound so schools will routine do continuous programming on consent and healthy relationships throughout the year.
4.  Deb Fitz
 Haven't most colleges and universities done away with no means no and adopted an affirmative response: yes means yes?
How do they plan to reach out to the fraternities and sororities?
1.  Donna Barry
 I agree with Chief Walker. In addition, engaging Greek leadership is key including the staff member who oversees Greek life.
2.  Chief A. H. Ton
 Fraternities and sororities have a community outreach component to their organizations so they are always looking for ways to collaborate.
Will there be support groups as part of the services to victims?
1.  Donna Barry
 Institutions are likely to offer individual support from their Women's Center, LGBTQ Center, Counseling, or actual Advocacy Centers depending on their campus resources. These all promote the healing process. Support groups can be difficult for college victims since they are often hesitant to reveal their assault and thus resistant to a group environment. Individual follow-up counseling is always available to victims and a mandate for campuses to provide.
2.  Kayla Thein
 If support groups are available to survivors, who would lead this group? And would it be confidential or would a college employee be obligated by Title XI to report?
How will they differentiate between resources and crimes? What if the victim needs support but does not want to go through the criminal justice system?
1.  Chief Walker
 It is very important to explain what the resources are and to be clear on the role of victim advocacy groups and other groups both on campus as well as off campus, and the provisions of each relative to confidentiality vs. mandatory reporting. It is imperative that all first responders are EDUCATED and possess the necessary RESOURCES to explain to students, and TO PROVIDE WRITTEN RESOURCES TO STUDENTS.you need to be clear with them to explain that each resources may have requirements. The police area resource; however, they must report the crime that has happened, but the victim does not have to participate in the investigation (she does not have to give any information other than her name; that is her right. She/he has a right not to participate in the investigation.
2.  Donna Barry
 If an institutions is "doing it right", support services should be available to a victim regardless of the choice to press criminal charges or even a Title IX/code of conduct complaint. We are mandated by law to do so.
What efforts are being made to engage young adults against the prevention of sexual assault for positive modeling and prevention?
1.  Chief Walker
 Develop a campus policy that is used for prevention, mandatory training and education, modeling and discipline and holding each person accountable; 2) widespread and continuous education for all students, faculty and staff, which includes empowering students as leaders. A best practice would be for sexual assault education and prevention to be included or discussed in as many college courses and events as possible. Campus leaders, faculty and staff (and student leaders) can play a key role in positive modeling and prevention.
2.  Donna Barry
 There are numerous prevention strategies being used successfully such the "Its ON Us campaign, Bystander Intervention programs, and Green Dot. These are focused on role modeling and safe intervention strategies.
What are your thoughts on best practice for balancing Title IX/Clery reporting and investigation obligations with providing trauma-informed services? What should be the top priorities and how exactly should campus help students access these services?
1.  Donna Barry
 I will defer to Chief Walker in regard to reporting obligations for Title IX and Clery since he is the expert for that area. What I do see as the absolute top priority is that everyone who interacts with a victim after a report should be trained in trauma informed response. This would include all members of SART; campus police if they are not a part of SART; and campus administrators involved in providing accommodations and/or code of conduct complaints or title IX. We will never assist a victim in the best possible way without this approach and it helps to both adjudicate and investigate assaults if we have a solid understanding of victim response.
What strategies can you offer to DA advocates when reaching out to college campuses that do not have a SA resource center and most of their services are provided by title IX offices?
1.  Chief Walker
 Advocates can work in conjunction with campus/community response teams to get to know and collaborate with first responders, title IX coordinators, counselors and student affair staff
I receive a lot of questions regarding a students ability to report an anonymous sexual assault. Can you elaborate on how Title IX allows for an anonymous report?
1.  Donna Barry
 We are required to provide confidential reporting services on campus. These individuals are exempt from Title IX reporting responsibilities and must be available to victims. However these reports are NOTanonymous, only confidential
The Clery Act and amendments have the colleges' and universities' responsibilities clear, however, I am not sure who holds them accountable. Shelters and counselors get the victim after the crime is committed and outreach is limited to colleges and universities. Respectfully.
1.  Donna Barry
 The US Department of Education is responsible for enforcing Clery
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