A Community of Caring
October 20, 2016
The national conversation around sexual assault has grown louder in recent weeks, and news feeds have been inundated with videos, stories, speeches, and articles, oftentimes with content of a disturbing nature. University leaders recognize that some of these messages can be troubling, but we also want to use this opportunity to reassure our students of Loyola’s long-standing commitment to sexual assault prevention and support for survivors of gender-based violence.
Violence is not tolerated at Loyola University Chicago, and through the work of the Coordinated Community Response Team (CCRT) we continue to educate, provide access to services, and ensure that our campus community is a safe and supportive environment for survivors.
Please take a moment and familiarize yourself with the following prevention efforts:
- Haven Online Training—All incoming Loyola students are required to take this training that addresses relationships, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, and consent.
- Speak Up, Step In—The University’s active bystander initiative, part of UNIV 101, highlights necessary skills for students to safely intervene in risky situations. For those who have already participated, we encourage you to review the site as a refresher.
- I’m Here For You Training—Offered to faculty and staff, this important workshop trains participants on how to appropriately, and empathetically, respond to students who disclose incidents of gender-based violence. More than 500 current faculty and staff members have completed the training, and we are actively seeking more participants.
- It’s On Us—This national campaign was developed to raise awareness and create environments that are free of gender-based violence. We encourage all members of our community to take the pledge. You will hear more about this campaign during Loyola’s Week of Action, which will take place November 14–18. Please, be a part of the solution.
In addition to the training items above, we want you to be aware of the resources that are available to students who experience gender-based violence. We are here to support survivors and we recognize that gender-based violence is never the survivor’s fault.
- Loyola Sexual Assault Advocacy Line—Trained advocates are available to offer crisis support, options, and referrals Monday through Thursday, from 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. From Friday through Sunday, advocates are available 24 hours a day. To contact the advocacy line, please call 773.494.3810.
- Coordinated Community Response Team—Navigating the aftermath of gender-based violence is often confusing and overwhelming. The CCRT’s website includes information on reporting options and important resources available to students. The site also includes information on how to assist a friend who may have experienced gender-based violence. Visit the site today to learn more about all the resources the CCRT provides.
- Here for You App—Available for iPhone and Android devices, this app serves as a mobile advocate manual. Users can learn about reporting options, be automatically connected to Chicago resources or helplines in your hometown, and much more. We encourage you to download it today.
- Wellness Center—Loyola’s Wellness Center is here to serve you. Our medical, mental health, and health education professionals are committed to your well-being and provide a number of services. To make an appointment, click here or call Dial-A-Nurse at 773.508.8883.
Throughout the coming weeks, please watch the Wellness Center’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts for more on gender-based violence prevention efforts, upcoming events, and general wellness resources.
With the Student Promise in mind, it is our hope that you will continue to care for yourself, care for each other, and care for our community.
Take good care,
Vice President for Student Development