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Personal Safety Against Violence

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Deborah Casey For students:
Deborah Casey
Vice President of Student Affairs
dcasey@greenriver.edu
(253) 833-9111 Ext. 3328


Marshall SampsonFor staff and faculty:
Marshall Sampson
Vice President of Human Resources and Legal Affairs
msampson@greenriver.edu
(253) 833-9111 Ext. 3320

What is PSAV?

The Personal Safety Against Violence Committee, in compliance with VAWA, Title IX, and legislation, is committed to fostering a safe learning and working environment for Green River College's students faculty and staff by providing prevention education, training and resources.

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What is VAWA?

The Violence Against Women Act is a federal law enacted to improve the criminal justice and community-based responses to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking.   VAWA, along with the Campus Save Act and the Jeanne Clery Act, have worked together to improve the safety of college campuses. Under these laws, colleges must educate students, faculty and staff on the prevention of rape, acquaintance rape, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.

A message from Deborah Casey, Ph.D.

Sexual assault and sexual violence are serious issues facing higher education. As an institution dedicated to cultivating academic success, student development, social justice, and  civic engagement, Green River is committed to ensuring sexual assault and sexual violence have no place on our campus.

When students experience sexual assault their world is changed. The process of learning is interrupted, the course of personal development and growth altered, the bond of social trust broken. Sexual assault and violence cause immeasurable harms; some public, some private; some personal, some institutional; but all are an intolerable break from the purpose, mission, and values of Green River.

Video Training

Green River has taken a number of steps to confront sexual assault and sexual violence. We have worked to update our policy and procedures, provide professional development to our campus, and ultimately to support students and employees in the process. In compliance with Violence Against Women's Act (VAWA), Title IX, and other legislation, the College is committed to fostering a safe learning and working environment for Green River College's students, faculty, and staff by providing preventative and bystander education, training, and resources.

The following are initiatives Green River's Personal Safety Against Violence (PSAV) Committee has implemented and annually monitors regarding sexual assault and sexual violence:

  1. Reviewing and approving of campus policies assuring all federal and state requirements are met
  2. Implementing campus-wide professional development training in the areas of bystander, reporting, and response
  3. Updating campus website and other social media sites on policies and procedures
  4. Providing brochures, video training segments, and other informational materials to assist individuals in how to respond and where to refer students and employees
  5. Continuing to foster a culture of reporting and responding

Addressing and responding to sexual assault and sexual violence at Green River requires a coordinated and transparent effort by all community members. Green River will continue to advocate for constructive dialogues and policies supporting students and employees in not just adhering to compliance requirements, but developing and maintaining campus communities that are safe and conducive to learning.

Together we can ensure students continue to have safe, healthy, and welcoming campus environments to learn and grow by continuing to eradicate sexual assault and violence from our campus community.

With deep regard for creating a safe and just community for all,

Deb Casey, Ph.D.

Vice President of Student Affairs

 

The Issues

Dating Violence

Violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim. Dating violence includes, but is not limited to, sexual or physical abuse or the threat of such abuse.

Domestic Violence

Violence committed by 1) a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim; 2) person with whom the victim shares a child; and/or 3) person who has or is cohabitating with the victim as a spouse or intimate partner. Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic or psychological actions or threats that influence another person.

Sexual Assault

Includes any form of actual or attempted sexual activity perpetrated upon a person without that person's consent, including sexual behavior coerced through physical or verbal threats, force or other forms of manipulation and sexual behavior when one person cannot give consent due to incapacitation.

Sexual Harassment

A form of discrimination consisting of unwelcome, gender-based verbal, written, electronic and/or physical conduct. Sexual harassment does not have to be of a sexual nature, however, and can include offensive remarks about a person's gender.

Stalking

Intentionally and repeatedly harassing or following a person and placing the person being followed or harassed in fear of physical harm to one's self or property or physical harm to another person or another's property.

Stand Up

Recognize and avoid abusive behavior such as:

  • Frequent yelling directed at a partner
  • Blaming partner for own faults
  • Name calling
  • Consistently accusing partner of infidelity
  • Kicking, holding slapping, or scratching
  • Forcible or coercive sex
  • Sexual activity when one is not able to provide consent

Bystander Intervention:

Offer support  if you suspect that the person is being abused or has been sexually assaulted or stalked.

SPEAK OUT against all forms of sexual violence

BE AN ADVOCATE for preventing sexual violence

MODEL behavior that values respect for others

CONSENT is a free and active agreement, given equally by both parties to engage in a specific sexual activity.

Giving in is NOT the same as giving consent

Reporting a Crime

What are my options for reporting a crime?

If you are in crisis or experiencing an emergency call 911 or Campus Safety at (253) 288-3350

Report the incident to local Law Enforcement

Faculty and staff at the college, especially Campus Safety, can assist in filing a report and speaking to law enforcement officials.

Report the incident directly to the college

File an anonymous Red Flag report at greenriver.edu/redflag

greenriver.edu/redflag

If you or someone you know has been subjected to sexual violence, you may utilize the "Red Flag" system to make a report or file a complaint. If you wish to remain anonymous, please enter your name as 'Anonymous' on the Red Flag form.

Common Questions

Who can I speak to confidentially?

You are encouraged to speak to a faculty counselor at Counseling Services.

(253) 833- 9111 Ext. 2460 or Counseling Services.

What information will be shared with the college?

If you share information with any faculty or staff member, they will be required to disclose that information to the Title IX coordinator. This information will be used to offer you resources and services and may be used as part of an official investigation by the college.The college maintains accurate statistical data on crimes which occur on the college under the Jeanne Clery Act. This anonymous data is reported each year to the campus community and federal government.

Resources

  • Emergency  911
  • Campus Safety (253) 288-3350   
  • Counseling & Health Services (253) 833- 9111 Ext. 2460   
  • Title IX Coordinator (Students) Office: LC 206,  (253) 833-9111 Ext. 3328   
  • Title IX Coordinator (employees and public/visitors) Office: HR (CE2),  (253) 833-9111 Ext. 3320   
  • Harborview Center for Sexual Assault (206) 521-1800   
  • King County Sexual Assault Resource Center (888) 998-6423
  • Pierce County Sexual Assault Resource Center (800) 756-7273

More community resources

Next Steps

Winter Quarter 2015

  • Identify Green River and external resources 
  • Establish clear process for handling incidents 
  • Approach student council with opportunity to collaborate 
  • Develop course outline, module components, and completion path
  • Finalize all text, slides, and assessments 
  • Develop student LMS course shell with generated text, slides, and assessments 
  • Provide faculty with training, resources, and tools needed to facilitate conversations 
  • Collaborate with student newspaper for student article 
  • Collaborate with CommuniGator for employee article on committee development

Spring Quarter 2015

  • Teach student VAWA modules utilizing LMS course shell 
  • Capture student-driven content (scenarios, group projects, artifacts) 
  • Collect feedback from students and instructor 
  • Provide digital badges to all successful participants 
  • Lead faculty/staff in-service day session to obtain support and feedback

Summer Quarter 2015

  • Incorporate feedback into all text, slides, and assessments 
  • Finalize all video and print production

Fall Quarter 2015

  • Develop and employee LMS course shells 
  • Launch updated LMS course, enhanced with all videos 
  • Provide print material to campus and instructors 
  • Track all participation, course completion, and digital badges accepted 
  • Translate subtitles into top 5 languages at Green River