Make sexual assault resources and consent education a priority at Loyola
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Loyola University does not provide adequate resources for the prevention of sexual assault or for sexual assault victims. There is no university-sponsored programming to educate students and bring awareness to the seriousness of sexual assault beyond a cursory online test. Many students don’t have specific knowledge of the resources available to them, nor do they feel that the university has taken adequate measures to keep them safe on campus. In addition, students each have different levels of understanding rape/assault culture and have different learning goals for that topic. Students need to be on the same page if they are expected to live together and coexist on the same campus.
Furthermore, teachers are not trained in how to handle sexual assault cases, and are not mandatory reporters. If our campus is to be a safe, connected community focused on social justice and social responsibility, then all of us must be given the tools we need to support each other to the fullest extent. We want sexual assault education and resources to be made a priority at Loyola.
We are attempting to mobilize the leaders and policy-makers of Loyola University Chicago to change the university’s approach on this serious and threatening topic. One important aspect of this campaign is to create a mandatory consent curriculum as a part of the undergraduate UNIV101 course.
We want our social change campaign to result in active conversation and education on sexual assault and sexual assault prevention, provided by the university itself. This includes workshops, lessons, programming, serious conversation, and mandatory sessions on the definition, consequences, and prevention of sexual assault. Current and prospective students should have clear and readily-available resources that addresses campus sexual assault.
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