Sexual Assault

©Brave Art/PAVSA Youth Advisory Board

About three years ago, someone at PAVSA (Program to Aid Victims of Sexual Assault) Youth Advisory Board  asked a survivor of sexual exploitation and trafficking to describe themself in one word. 

Lisa Johnson

Dori Decker tells her students every time they meet: "In a gentle way, you can shake the world."

UMD's Wellness Coordinator uses the words of Mahatma Gandhi to underscore the message of Got Your Back! UMD,  a bystander intervention initiative.

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What does an instructor do if a student or a coworker confides to them an instance of sexual assault? 

In its efforts to create a University community free from sexual assault and relationship violence, UMD has instituted Sexual Assault Awareness, Prevention and Reporting training, not just for counseling services or the Women's Resource and Action Center, but for all faculty and staff.

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Since 1990, colleges and universities have been required by law to disclose campus safety information and also to take steps to keep students safe from sexual assault, stalking and dating violence.

When changes to strengthen the Clery Act nationally were finalized this fall, UMD's Dean of Students, Lisa Erwin, was one of the people responsible for developing those amendments.