During Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April, the University is hosting a series of events designed to raise everyone’s awareness within the campus community about how each individual can play a role in promoting healthy foundations for personal development, interpersonal relationships, and prevention of sexual violence.

Activities will provide information on campus resources for helping to prevent violence and supporting those hurt by sexual violence.

Key events include:

  • Take Back the Night (TBTN)” Resource Fair on Thursday, April 17, 4:45-6:00 pm on Upper Sproul Plaza. TBTN is open to people of all gender identities, sexual orientations, races, ethnicities, abilities, and class backgrounds. TBTN is a longstanding national movement to shatter the silence surrounding sexual violence by utilizing various art forms.
  • A free screening of excepts from No! The Rape Documentary,” followed by discussion, will take place on Tuesday, April 22, 5:00-6:30 pm, at 202 Cesar Chavez Student Center. This award-winning documentary features testimonials from rape survivors who defy victimization.
  • A brownbag discussion led by staff from the Family Violence Law Center on Thursday, April 24, 12-1pm at 202 Cesar Chavez Student Center to learn about ways to support someone hurt by sexual and relationship violence, what resources are available, and recognizing the personal impact on you as a support person.
  • A tea time discussion led by staff from the Asian Women’s Shelter on Wednesday, April 30, 4-5pm at 202 Cesar Chavez Student Center to learn about ways to support someone hurt by sexual violence, what resources are available, and the recognizing the personal impact on you as a support person. Please bring your favorite mug or water bottle.

A full list of events is posted on the Gender Equality Resource Center’s website.

New Sexual Harassment & Violence Support & Education Website

The campus recently announced the launch of a new Sexual Harassment, & Violence Support & Education website.

The website provides a comprehensive, multi-faceted hub of information for students, faculty and staff regarding sexual assault prevention, education, and reporting. It includes information on support options, campus policies, and disciplinary procedures relating to sexual misconduct.

Its introduction reads:

UC Berkeley is dedicated to preventing and addressing sexual harassment and sexual violence on campus. We believe in fostering a culture that prioritizes consent and respect, and responds to and supports survivors and their allies. As part of these efforts, we are working to engage all members of the university community to create a healthy and inspiring environment where violence in any form is not tolerated.

Sexual violence includes stalking, dating and domestic violence, and sexual assault.  All these behaviors are forms of sexual harassment.  These affect many lives – both directly and indirectly – regardless of one’s identity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic background, religion, citizenship status, marital status, ability, education level or affiliation.

All students are encouraged to become acquainted with the many campus resources linked to this new website.


Categories: April 2014, Graduate Division Announcements