News channels shifted from politics to Hollywood when word came out the New York Times published an article about multiple allegations against Harvey Weinstein. The article prompted a serious discussion among society in regards to sexual violence. Countless people began speaking up and adding further allegations against Weinstein and the Hollywood scene. These influential people sprung awareness among multiple platforms furthering the idea that Hollywood has let this problem slide for far too long. Actress Alyssa Milano began #MeToo and Terry Crews shared his experience in this despicable act prompting the #HowIWillChange as a way for others to share their stories.
If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet. pic.twitter.com/k2oeCiUf9n
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) October 15, 2017
UAlbany Sexual Violence Information and Resources
According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, sexual assault happens significantly more in college. 1 in 6 women and 1 in 16 men will be sexually assaulted during their years in college. To make matters worse, over 90% of those who have experienced do not report it.
Our college strives to be a safe space for both men and women to grow and prosper in and beyond an educational environment. University at Albany has multiple resources for those dealing with or have dealt with sexual violence.
UAlbany Advocacy Center for Sexual Violence
The Advocacy center offers a safe environment for students to receive support and advice on a multitude of levels. For more information on the UAlbany Advocacy Center for Sexual Violence and a link to the Student’s Bill of Rights click here.
Sexual Violence Response Policy
More specifically, there is a section in the Student’s Bill of Rights addressing sexual violence in particular. That section is a Sexual Violence Response Policy that you can check out here.
Resources for victims/survivors
Additionally, our school provides you with a list of additional resources here. Resources include a 24 hour assistance hotline, the police.
Along with a physical health center, we have a mental health center in which you can talk to a professional about anything. You can find out more about them here.
The Middle Earth Assistance Program provides UAlbany with peer assistance such as a hotline students can call as well as online assistance. For information about how and when you can get in touch with the program, as well as how you might want to get involved, click here.
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