You’ve probably heard of the Campus SaVE Act if you’re a college student, someone active in the movement against sexual violence, you actively read the Huffington Post, or a combination of all three. Otherwise, the Campus SaVE act probably means relatively little to you. But it’s big news.
This year, the Huffington Post launched an entire website dedicated to sexual assault on college campuses. Conversations have been ripe on college campuses to reform on-campus response to sexual assaults and revamp education for students. The 2013 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, signed by President Obama, is working to do just that. And included in this Act is the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (or Campus SaVE). In part, bill is an amendment to the Jeanne Clery Act, which required schools to disclose campus crime statistics. Now, under Campus SaVE, schools are required to compile statistics of on-campus incidents of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. Additionally, schools are required to have procedures in place to follow once an incident has occurred, possible sanctions, procedures for victims or survivors, and procedures for institutional disciplinary action. And, most importantly for Speak About It, “educational programs to promote the awareness of rape, acquaintance rape, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, which shall include primary prevention and awareness programs for incoming students” including “safe and positive options for bystander intervention.”
In order to be eligible for certain government funding, colleges and universities must be compliant with these Acts (and also, because we would assume that most colleges and universities want to protect their students and create a safe and healthy learning environment, but that might be a conversation for a different post). You can read the whole Act here.
Speak About It accurately fulfills the Education requirements for colleges and universities under the Campus SaVE Act.
Is your school compliant? How can you find out? An organization called Know Your IX (as in, Title IX, which prohibits sex discrimination in education, and not just in sports) is a great resource to help find out if your school is complaint, and what you can do if they are not.
Speak About It is making a difference, but we need your help. Contact us to bring the performance to your school. Or donate here to support the organization as we bring this conversation across the country. #30daysofspeakaboutit #30daysofgiving