Collegiate Sexual Assault Online Resource Guide

The Collegiate Sexual Assault Online Resource Guide is a living collection of reports, best practices, articles, and resources for students, advocates, and college administrators.

Expand the topic categories below for more information.

Advocacy Organizations

End Rape on Campus 

End Rape on Campus (EROC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating campus sexual assault by providing prevention education, support for survivors, and advocacy for policy reform.

It’s On Us

It’s On Us is an organization providing education about what constitutes affirmative consent. They look to empower students and bystanders through a pledge to take action against sexual assault.

Know Your IX

Know Your IX is an organization dedicated to empowering students to combat gender-based violence of all kinds on campus via Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments, a landmark federal civil right prohibiting sex discrimination in education.

Not Alone

NotAlone was launched in 2014 in connection with the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. This site includes federal publications reporting the results of mandates put in place to strengthen protection against sexual assault on college campuses.

Women Helping Women (This is based in Ohio and does not provide services to NYS)

Women Helping Women is an Ohio-based advocacy organization. This site includes details information about sexual assault, domestic violence, teen dating violence, stalking, and how to help a survivor.

Affirmative Consent

Consent: The College Issue by FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture Action Pack, Fall 2013

This link provides a downloadable reader-friendly publication outlining the definition of affirmative consent with details and examples.

New York State Definition of Affirmative Consent

This page includes the exact language used by the State University of New York (SUNY) system to define affirmative consent, as well as other SUNY policies on sexual violence prevention and response.

Project Consent

Project Consent is a network of international activists promoting consent culture in their communities through sharing stories of survivors.

‘What Affirmative Consent Actually Means’, Think Progress, June 2014

Tara Culp-Ressler for Think Progress writes an editorial article detailing what constitutes affirmative consent.

Athletics/Greek Life

Information coming soon.

Bystander Intervention

Bystander Focused Prevention of Sexual Education, published by the White House’s ‘Not Alone’ Initiative 

https://www.justice.gov/ovw/page/file/905957/download

Summary and review of the components and effectiveness of bystander focused prevention education efforts as outlined by the White House Office of Violence Against Women.

National Sexual Violence Resource Center Page on Bystander Intervention Resources

This online resource collection offers information and resources on bystander intervention. It includes resources to use with community members and research on the effectiveness of bystander intervention.

Preventions Innovations Research Center

The University of New Hampshire shares information and research conducted with the goal of ending sexual and relationship violence and stalking through the power of effective researcher and practitioner partnerships.

Who are you? Bystander Intervention Video

Who Are You? is a free toolkit that uses group exercises and a short film to educate young people about the prevention of sexual violence and ethical sexual decision making.

Economic Impact of Collegiate Sexual Violence

How Much Does sexual Assault Cost Students Every Year?’, Washington Post, Nov. 2014

Alexandra Brodsky, co-director of Know Your IX, writes about the financial costs often absorbed by survivors and their families when schools fails to make proper accommodations after an assault.

‘Understanding the Economic Impacts of Stalking on College-Aged Women’,Wider Opportunities for Women, Dec. 2015

This PDF of the Economic Empowerment Spotlight Newsletter details the financial and economic impact of stalking on college-aged women, as well as the financial limitations of the service organizations tasked with aiding survivors.

What One Rape Cost Our Family, New York Times, June 2016

In this personal account, Laura Hilgers details both the financial and emotional impact of a campus sexual assault against her daughter.

'Enough is Enough' Introduction

Information coming soon.

Federal Legislation

Clery Act Summary

The Clery Act is a consumer protection law that aims to provide transparency around campus crime policy and statistics.

Law Professors Defend Education Dept. on Burden of Proof

Law professors defend the Department of Education’s use of the preponderance of evidence standard for sexual assault cases.

Know Your Rights: Title IX Fact Sheet

Title IX Language and Filing Complaints

This United States Department of Justice page has the Title IX Statute verbatim and information on how to file a complaint.

Title IX Resources and Overview

This site gives details about Title IX history and specific accounts highlighting the application of the Title IX Statute.

Introduction to Sexual Assault for Colleges

‘Building Partnerships among Law Enforcement Agencies, Colleges and Universities’, White House Report

‘Campus Violence Prevention Resource guides: Creating a Safe Campus Environment Against Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Stalking’, published by California Coalition Against Sexual Assault

This PDF is a 31-page guide detailing the statistics and importance of addressing campus sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking, along with information for institutions and individuals about how to handle these crimes on campus.

The Culture of Respect CORE Blueprint Program

The Core Blueprint was designed to engage students, parents, faculty, administrators, health professionals, athletes, and other campus stakeholders in implementing practices and policies that shift the culture to one free from sexual violence

‘Creating Change Together: A Guide for Rape Crisis Centers Partnering with Colleges and Universities’, published by Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence, August 2014

Handbook for Campus Safety and Security Reporting 2016 Edition, US Department of Education

This 265-page document published by the United States Department of Education covers the guidelines for higher education institutions for collecting and reporting data to comply with federal regulations and laws.

Sample Memorandum of Understanding between a University and a Rape Crisis Program/Advocacy Center

This page provides a template for a document outlining an agreement between a college and an organization to form a partnership handling incidents of sexual violence.

SART

This page on the Office for Victims of Crime website provides information for implementing sexual assault response teams.

https://www.ovcttac.gov/saneguide/multidisciplinary-response-and-the-community/

This Office for Victims of Crime website details the benefits and processes for developing and practicing a multidisciplinary approach when responding to sexual assault in the community.

‘The Science of Preventing Sexual Assaults on College Campuses’, Live Science, July 2016

This article provides statistics on college sexual assault, discusses the effectiveness of certain prevention efforts, and theorizes about the reasons behind the prevalence of campus sexual assault.

‘Sexual Violence on Campus: How too many institutions of higher education are failing to protect students’, Report prepared by the US Senate Subcommittee on Financial & Contracting Oversight, July 2014

This 120-page government publication assesses how colleges and universities report, investigate, and adjudicate sexual violence.

SUNY’s Toolkit to Aid Colleges in Building an Online Resource for Students 

This is a list of all sexual assault and rape crisis centers in New York State.

Law Enforcement

Decreasing the Number of Incorrectly ‘Unfounded” Sexual Assault Reports

Webinar, Battered Women’s Justice Project

FETI Training

End Violence Against Women International provides an array of educational webinars on a variety of subjects pertaining to all forms of violence against women.

The Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview by Russel W Strand

This 7-page document for the Army Military Police School describes the procedure and benefits of using the Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview (FETI) method when collecting statements from survivors of sexual assault.

Justice3D

Justice3D is a leading educator in issues related to investigating and prosecuting sexual assault, child abuse, and domestic violence cases.

Neurobiology of Sexual Assault 2 Part Websites, End Violence Against Women International

This two part presentation provides a foundation for learning and applying trauma-informed responses while serving survivors of sexual assault.

Part 1: http://www.evawintl.org/WebinarDetail.aspx?webinarid=1026

This presentation explains how fear and trauma can alter brain functioning during sexual assault, resulting in misunderstood behaviors.

Part 2: http://www.evawintl.org/WebinarDetail.aspx?webinarid=1027

This presentation explains how trauma can alter the encoding and storage of memories during a sexual assault.

You Have Options Program

The You Have Options Program focuses on helping law enforcement organizations to increase the number of victims who report to law enforcement and thoroughly investigate identified offenders for serial perpetration.

LGBTQ+

CDC Report

Male Victims

‘Male Survivors of Sexual Assault Speak Out’, The Establishment, January 2016

This blog article details the complexities surrounding male sexual assault, the cultural stereotypes that influence reporting, and what we as a society can do to help.

‘Male Victims of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out’, Huffington Post, February 2015

This Huffington Post article recalls specific incidents of male sexual assault on college campuses and uses supporting statistics to make an argument for better support for male survivors of campus sexual assault.

Media/Reporting on Sexual Assault

Report’s Toolkit on Investigation Sexual Assault on your campus- The Center for Public Integrity, Nov. 2014

This toolkit serves as an introductory guide on how to investigate the ways colleges deal with sexual assault allegations.

Prevention Programs

Sexual assault prevention programs, NASPA

This site provides links and data on a variety of sexual assault prevention programs (30+ included) available:

BEST Party Model: Shaping Party Environments to Prevent Sexual Violence, Webinar

The Battered Women Justice Project presents a 1.5 hour webinar discussing the link between college parties and sexual assault, including strategies for prevention and education.

Choosing a Prevention Program for Colleges, Prevent Connect

Prevent Connect presents a web conference helping institutions make decisions about choosing online interpersonal violence prevention modules and ways to implement them.

“Community Colleges: Opportunities fro Sexual and Domestic Violence Prevention” PowerPoint

This Prevent Connect Powerpoint presentation focuses on the best strategies to combat and prevent sexual assault on community college campuses.

Presentation Recording

This Prevent Connect audio recording accompanies the presentation focusing on the best strategies to combat and prevent sexual assault on community college campuses.

Informing Students about Campus Polices and Resources: How They Get the Message Matters, Prevention Innovations Research Center, University of New Hampshire

This research study from the Prevention Innovations Research Center of the University of New Hampshire examines the efficacy of different methods of teaching sexual misconduct policy to first year students.

Primary Prevention on Campus

Getting Started on Campus: Tips for New Prevention Coordinators

This 8-page government publication is intended to simplify, organize, and provide a context for the information and resources sexual assault prevention coordinators need for successful programs on their campus.

Interview with Indiana Campus Sexual Assault Primary Prevention Project

In this audio interview the Prevent Connect Podcast focuses on the use of communication to prevention violence on campus.

Sexual Violence on Campus: Strategies for Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

This PDF is from the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control’s 2016 report on the best strategies to prevent campus sexual assault.

Rape Crisis Programs and Advocacy Centers

Database of off-campus resources

This list includes all locations in New York State providing sexual assault and rape crisis services.

Get 24/7 help from NYSCASA’s member rape crisis programs

This link provides information regarding rape crisis programs organized by county.

List of New York State regional and statewide resources

This SUNY site provides resources and information regarding rape crisis centers, reporting, and policies.

Self-Care

‘Self-Care and Social Justice Work’, The Body is Not an Apology, April 2015

This blog article discusses the importance of self care as to avoid burn out.

‘Tips for Survivors on Consuming Media’, RAINN

This article gives tips for survivors on how to deal with triggers when consuming media in print, on television, and online.

Sexual Assault Response Teams (SARTs)
Study Abroad Information

International toll free crisis hot line: 866-USWOMEN

A 24/7 live chat on their website: www.866uswomen.org

There is also a crisis email: crsis@866uswomen.org

Students/Activism

PACT 5 Documentaries from Students

PACT5 is a grassroots movement dedicated to stopping campus sexual assault. College students and faculty work together to present documentaries highlighting issues surrounding campus sexual assault.

Surviviors

“Sexual Consent is Not Color Blind”

This editorial article discusses the problems with how colleges marginalize women of color in their sexual assault prevention efforts.

 Get Help

If you have been sexually assaulted–call the New York State Hotline for Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence.

1-800-942-6906

 Find Crisis Centers

Search our interactive map to locate the center in your area.