Supporting Our Students When Sexual Assault Is In The News
As Georgetown’s 2016 Sexual Misconduct Survey confirmed, sexual assault and sexual harassment are shockingly common experiences for the students on our campus. Even under normal circumstances, the average Georgetown classroom community is likely to include a number of survivors of assault and harassment, people who may be affected in profound ways --personally and academically--by what they’ve been through. The situation gets more critical when sexual assault is in the news; Whether it comes up around political confirmation hearings or discoveries about celebrities or clergy or other people in power, our student survivors, along with students who are close to survivors, may be re-experiencing the trauma of these events. As faculty and staff, we’re in a position to help our students find the resources and support they need.
Resources specific to supporting survivors of sexual assault or harassment
- Sexual Assault Resources at Georgetown
- National Sexual Assault Hotline
- The New York Times. When the News Itself is a Form of Trauma
- HerCampus. How to Help a Friend Who May Have Been Sexually Assaulted
- InsideHigherEd. Supporting LGBTQI Survivors Part I
- InsideHigherEd. Supporting LGBTQI Survivors on Campus Part II
- Morningside Center. Kavanaugh controversy: A tough but important teachable moment.
- Facing History. Reflecting on a Controversial Supreme Court Nomination Process.