In light of recent national events, the members of MSUM’s Sexual Violence Prevention Committee acknowledge the anger and dismay that many felt witnessing public debates regarding statements made during the Supreme Court nomination and confirmation process. Over the last two weeks, these events have triggered existing trauma for many survivors of sexual assault, and regardless of politics, have felt deeply personal.
Sexual violence, harassment and abuse are not tolerated in our campus community. Sexual assault is a serious and widespread problem that has a lasting impact on individuals, families and communities.
It takes immense courage for survivors to speak out. Every story is unique and deserves to be heard without judgement or bias. We condemn the shame, blame, and harassment all too commonly faced by those who seek to hold those who commit sexual violence and harassment accountable. This is compounded when the individual being accused holds status, power or wealth.
Take heart and let recent events inspire a collective commitment to creating real and lasting change. Together, we can eliminate sexual violence and the victim-blaming. Small actions make a big difference. What will you do?
We encourage any student who has experienced sexual assault or intimate partner abuse to seek support at the resources listed below. For more information and reporting options, please visit MSUM’s Title IX page: https://www.mnstate.edu/titleix/sexual-violence.aspx.
Hendrix Clinic & Counseling Center (confidential)
PH: (218) 477-2211, 1309 9th Ave. South, Open 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m
Rape and Abuse Crisis Center (confidential & inclusive of LGBTQ+ survivors)
24/7 Hotline: (701) 293-7273
317 8th St. North, Fargo, ND 58102
Dean of Students Office (Flora Frick 153)
Kara Gravley-Stack, Dean of Students
E: firstname.lastname@example.org, PH: (218) 477-4222
Lynn Peterson, Title IX Coordinator & Case Manager
E: email@example.com, PH: (218) 477-2174
Ashley Atteberry, Student Conduct & Resolution
E: firstname.lastname@example.org, PH: (218) 477-2174
Women’s Center (Bridges 154)
Dana Bisignani, Women’s Center Coordinator
E: email@example.com, PH: (218) 477-4973
Rainbow Dragon Center (Bridges 150)
Olivia Matthews, Multicultural Affairs Coordinator
E: firstname.lastname@example.org, PH: (218) 477-2476