Establishing a "Safe Word" in the residence halls at UGA

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URGE: Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equity petitions to implement a safe word program in campus residence halls at the University of Georgia. A safe word would allow residents to discreetly communicate with RAs and desk assistants when they feel unsafe and are in need of help in a certain situation. 

Sexual assault is rampant on our campus, and it happens most frequently in the freshman and East Campus Village dorms. The University is Georgia requires all incoming freshmen to live on campus in these dorms – but does not disclose the risks regarding sexual assault or actively prevent its occurrence. Having an established safe word program would mitigate these risks, and increase the University of Georgia’s accountability to safety for its students.

URGE recognizes that although campus sexual assault affects the lives of many, it disproportionately impacts women, students of color, low-income students, those in the LGBTQIA+ community, and students with disabilities. Without identifying the intersectionality of campus sexual assault prevention, this program cannot be fully effective.

Signing this petition will help inform the University of Georgia about our shared concern for protecting students, and support for the implementation of a safe word program.