Coalition on Sexual Violence Prevention
- We want more training about sexual assault on campus, how to prevent it, how to respond to it.
- We want to know how to report an incident and who is involved in the reporting process; we want to know EMU policies on sexual misconduct.
- We want real data that accurately reflects crime on campus.
- We want to talk about sexual assault.
Questions We Discuss
- What does “healthy sexuality” mean?
- What is sexual assault? What is harassment?
- If you or a friend were sexually assaulted, what will you do? Who will you talk to? What help is available to you?
- If an assault occurs at a party, and you have been using alcohol or substances, where can you go for help? Do you know that there is no disciplinary action for those violations when you are reporting an assault?
- How do your actions degrade or empower others?
- What happens when you report sexual misconduct?
- What can bystanders or people who are aware of sexual violence do?
- What is victim blaming and how do we create a campus that refuses to do that?
- How can we LISTEN to each other and SPEAK out loud creating a safer environment that addresses sexual violence?
EMU Coalition on Sexual Violence Prevention
For our students, for our community and for our well-being…
This coalition is a group of students, faculty and staff who believe in supporting survivors, preventing assault, empowering bystanders, advocating for change and knowing ourselves and our rights. The goal of our coalition is to establish integrated education, awareness and prevention efforts that address sexual violence, encourage sexual well-being and promote healthy relationships.
How the coalition began
In 2014, Aliese Gingerich, a senior at EMU, began asking EMU to listen. She began by listening herself to many students and what they felt when asked about sexual violence on and off our campus and what EMU needed to do for them. A proposal was submitted to the Student Government Association and president’s cabinet requesting the development of a group designed to focus on this subject and explore student needs. President’s cabinet approved the formulation of the coalition as a subgroup of the Crisis Management Preparedness Team in fall of 2014.