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Transform UTC-Incoming Students

Mandatory power-based violence presentation for all incoming students.

Sara Peters

on 24 January 2015

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Transcript of Transform UTC-Incoming Students

Incoming Students

How to report
What do I do if...?
Sexual Misconduct &
Relationship Violence
UTC is responsible for ensuring those rights are explained and protected.
Title IX guarantees students who report sexual misconduct (including everything from sexual harassment to rape) certain rights.
The Title IX Coordinator and his deputies are responsible for efforts to develop, implement, and monitor compliance with Title IX.

The Title IX Coordinator and his deputies oversee investigations into sexual misconduct involving UTC students.
Dr. Bryan Samuel-Title IX Coordinator
Office of Equity and Diversity
720 McCallie Ave
Care and Support for Survivors:
If the student chooses to report the misconduct to another university official, UTC may weigh the request for confidentiality against the following factors:
The seriousness of the alleged misconduct
The complainant’s age
Whether or not there have been harassment complaints about the same individual
The accused’s right to receive information contained in their “education record.”
Whether or not there have been other harassment complaints in a similar location
In short, if the community is at risk, UTC must protect ALL members of our campus.
Retaliation against anyone who reports sexual misconduct or relationship violence is strictly prohibited. Anyone responsible for retaliation, including the accused person or the friends or family of the accused person, will be subject to disciplinary action by the
Perpetrators depend on the silence of victims and the
victim blaming
in our society.
Stopping the violence means making victims feel safe and supported.
The most effective way to stop power-based violence is to support victims if they report.
Many victims don't report due to shame and embarrassment, which are a direct result of victim blaming.
Many victims don't report due to fear of retaliation.
Many victims don't report because they have heard "horror stories" of others who reported.
Right to reporting
All students have the right to file a criminal complaint with the police. The police will initiate a criminal investigation
All students have the right to file a university complaint through the Dean of Students. This will initiate an investigation into violations of the UTC Student Code of Conduct
All students have a right to report to the Title IX Coordinator and initiate a Title IX investigation.
All students have the right to report to a responsible employee, a University employee: who has the authority to take action to redress Sexual Misconduct or Relationship Violence; who has been given the duty to report incidents of Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence or other student misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator; or whom a student could reasonably believe has that authority or duty.
If a student decides not to initiate a complaint/report to the police, the Dean of Students, or the Title IX Coordinator, it will limit the university's ability to investigate and resolve the accusation.
It is not required for a student to file a complaint with both the police (criminal) and the university (violation of the student code of conduct). The student can do one or the other or both.
A student who chooses not to report or file a complaint can always change their mind.
A few important bits
...I am sexually assaulted?
Get to a safe place.
Talk to someone you trust.
Preserve the physical evidence: If at all possible don't change clothes, bathe, brush your teeth, or use the bathroom. Collection of evidence is conducted at the Partnership's Rape Crisis Center (423-755-2700).
Seek medical attention: The Partnership and Student Health Services can provide basic medical services. For severe injuries, call 911.
Seek counseling.
Report the incident.
... a friend is sexually assaulted?
Make sure they aren't in immediate danger. If they are, call 911.
Give them their options, but let them decide what they want to do.
Remember that the perpetrator has taken power and control from your friend; let them take back control.
Make it clear that you believe them and don't blame them.
"I'm so sorry this happened to you."
"It's not your fault."
"You didn't deserve this."
Don't press them for details. It can seem like blame.
Be a supportive and caring friend, but also take care of yourself.
... I am in a violent relationship?
Ask for help...even if you aren't ready to leave.
Everyone leaves at their own pace, but it is important to develop strategies to stay safe both within the relationship and if you choose to leave.
Create a safety plan with the help of an advocate.
Develop and nurture support systems.
Consider counseling to help develop self-esteem and healthy boundaries.
Report violent incidents to the police or at least document the incident if possible.
Consider applying for an Order of Protection.
... a friend is in a violent relationship?
Do not victim blame. The abuser spends a lot of time blaming, don't pile on.
Do not trash the abuser. Your friend may still care about the person even if they don't like their behavior.
Do not make ultimatums. If you tell them you can't be their friend if they don't leave, you are only isolating your friend and helping the abuser.
Understand that leaving is a process and it is never as easy as just walking away.
Understand that abusers are at their most dangerous when they lose control of the victim. When an abuser says, "I'll kill you if you leave," they mean it.
Provide support as you are able, but remember to take care of yourself and remove yourself from potentially violent situations.
Campus Resources
Title IX Coordinator 423-425-5468
Student Development 423-425-4534
Dean of Students Office 423-425-4761
UTC Police Department 423-425-4357
Confidential Resources
Women's Center 423-425-5648
Counseling and Personal 423-425-4438
Development Center
Student Health Services 423-425-2266
Partnerships Crisis Hotline 423-755-2700
(24 Hour HOTLINE)
Types of confidentiality:
Counseling and Personal Development Center
University Center 338
Survivor Advocacy Program
University Center 350
The Counseling and Personal Development Center offers
complete confidentiality
and will not report information to University officials without a client's written permission.
The Survivor Advocacy Program staff have
partial confidentiality
. They are required to report only general information about the incidents of Sexual Misconduct and Relationship Violence such as the nature, date, time, and general location of the incident and will take care to avoid reporting personally identifiable information about a survivor.
services are available to
Most acts of Sexual Misconduct and Relationship Violence, are also violations of the
Tennessee Criminal Code.

For more information on the T.C.A definitions click on the link below.
Law enforcement agencies, including UTCPD, can investigate violations of the T.C.A.
Exceptions to confidentiality for both offices include the potential for self harm, harm to others, and ongoing children or elder abuse.
Bystander Intervention
The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference.
Elie Wiesel
In the end we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil but because of the people who don't do anything about it.
Albert Einstein
I decided it was better to scream. Silence is the real crime against humanity.
Nadezhda Mandelstam
What is an active bystander?
Bystander effect
Diffusion of Responsibility
How can I be an active bystander ?
What kind of situations should I intervene in?
street harassment
potential sexual assaults
victim blaming
racist or homophobic comments
objectification of women
violent situations
sexist jokes and comments
arguments that may get physical
Phenomenon in which someone is less likely to intervene in an emergency situation when others are present than when he or she is alone.
Bystander assumes that someone else will do something.
Notice the event
Interpret as a problem
Assume personal responsibility
Know how to help
An active bystander takes steps that can make a difference.
Safe and positive options that may be carried out by a person(s) to prevent harm or intervene when there is a risk of Sexual Misconduct or Relationship Violence.
What is Bystander Intervention?
(UTC Sexual Misconduct and Relationship Violence Policy)
(Step Up Program)
Consider both direct and indirect ways to intervene:
Direct: You take responsibility as the primary helper.
Indirect: You request that someone else take responsibility as the primary helper (i.e. school official, police officer, etc.)
Whichever you choose to do remember:
Calm the person
Gather information
Look at options
Know appropriate referrals
Make sure you take care of yourself and set boundaries.
(Step Up Program)
What will you do?
Scenario #1
Scenario #2
Scenario #3
What an intervention may look like
What an intervention may look like
What an intervention may look like
You're standing in line at the movies and a group of guys behind you is making lewd comments about a woman. You hear one of them say, "I'd so rape her."

What do you do?
1. "You just said you would rape someone."
2. "Do you have any idea how offensive that is? Do you want to be that guy?"
3. "Please stop with the rude comments."
Saying something may or may not help, but doing nothing will definitely not help. Sometimes calling someone out on their behavior will stop them from behaving that way in the future.
You're in the UC and a man starts yelling at a woman about how stupid she is. He goes on to yell, "You never do anything right. I don't know why I put up with you." As the confrontation continues, the man is getting closer and closer and the woman is cringing.

What do you do?
Remember that addressing the situation head on may be dangerous for both you and the victim. If you want to take an indirect approach you can ask a school administrator to step in. For a direct approach, try to create a distraction or intervene in a non-confrontational way. "Oh my gosh! I just heard the strangest thing in class!"

If at all possible, remove the victim from the area and check in. Offer them assistance like a ride or walking them up to the Women's Center.

IMPORTANT!!!! If the confrontation becomes violent or blatantly threatening call the police.
Billy and Susie have been dating for a while. You know that it is important to Susie to wait until marriage to have sex. While you're at a party you see that Susie has been drinking quite a bit and you also overhear Billy tell his friend that he's going to "hit that" tonight. You see Billy walk over to Susie and start guiding her to a bedroom.

What do you do?
Ask Billy's friend to call him over. While Billy is distracted, walk up to Susie and say, "Can you believe how nasty this beer is? Let's get out of here." Invite Susie to a late night dinner at City Cafe and let Billy know you're leaving. If Susie is sober enough, speak with her about Billy's intentions; if not, speak with her the next day.

Talk to someone Billy respects, such as a minister, a professor, or an older friend, the next day and ask him to speak with Billy about consent, respect, and trust.
Addressing sexual and relationship violence on UTC's campus is incredibly important.
1 in 4 COLLEGE WOMEN will be sexually assaulted during her time on campus.
85% of sexual violence is committed by someone whom the victim knows.
9 out of 10 women in college who are raped never report.
One in 6 women and One in 33 men have experienced an attempted or completed rape .
57% of students who have reported being in an abusive dating relationship said it occurred in college.
(National coalition against Domestic Violence, n.d.)
(College Dating Violence and Abuse Poll, 2011)

How can I help stop the violence?
We can all do something to help.
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