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Southern Oregon University

Sexual assault is widely considered to be the most under-reported violent crime in America. College students are particularly vulnerable; according to a 2005 U.S. Department of Justice report, 35 out of every 1,000 women students on campus will be sexually assaulted in an average 9-month school year. Fewer than 5% of these students will ever report their rape or attempted rape to campus authorities or law enforcement. Clearly, the need for action is urgent. Together, the Women’s Resource Center and the Jackson County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) are responding to this need with the Yell it!, Tell it! Stop Sexual Assault! campus wide campaign, which began in the Fall of 2006.

Campaign Goals

  • To raise awareness within the campus community about the prevalence of sexual assault and about the Campus Safety Network response services available
  • To motivate the community to help prevent sexual assaults and to let them know what steps to take if a sexual assault does occur
  • To engage the community in removing barriers that discourage survivors from seeking healing and justice
  • To make sexual assault issues visible and discussions of sexual assault a more regular part of campus life

Elements of the Campaign

Elements include posters, T-shirts, The Bathroom Project for visual outreach, peer education groups, public events and tabling. Campus-wide involvement is the key. To get your group involved call, email, or stop by the Women's Resource Center.