The Office of Sexual and Relationship Violence Support Services
What is the SRVSS Office?
SRVSS Office (pronounced "serves"), The Office of Sexual and Relationship Violence Support Services at Kent State University, offers resources and education for students on personal safety, sexual assault and rape, relationship violence and stalking.
SRVSS Has Become Its Own Department
The National Institute of Justice and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that one in six women and one in 33 men will experience an attempted or completed sexual assault in their lifetime. Increasing awareness and encouraging others to step up and speak out to prevent it from happening makes a difference.
For this reason, Kent State University’s Division of DEI established the Office of Sexual and Relationship Violence Support Services (the SRVSS office, pronounced “serves”), which arose from the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART). The Office of Sexual and Relationship Violence Support Services will educate students on personal safety and violence prevention, empower them to build healthier relationships, prevent sexual violence and be responsive to students in need.
Located in the Carriage House at 125 Midway Drive on the Kent Campus, the SRVSS office provides a safe space to students who have experienced sexual violence (including sexual assault, intimate partner/relationship violence and stalking). Students can also access resources, get support when participating in a criminal or conduct process and navigate support within the campus community. Faculty and staff who learn of a student assault are encouraged to connect the student with SRVSS for support in overcoming the trauma of sexual violence. The office also can assist faculty and staff in the reporting expectations of Title IX.
The office is staffed by a full-time professional who also provides training and workshops to faculty, staff and student groups in the classroom, during meetings and as part of residence hall or student organization programming. Topics include Bystander Responsibility Training, Sexual Violence Awareness and Healthy Relationships. Throughout the year, the office will sponsor campus-wide events to raise awareness about sexual violence, its impact on the community and what community members can do to stop and prevent it. The office is open to all students, faculty and staff.
For more information or to schedule a presentation, please visit the Office of Sexual and Relationship Violence Support Services website at www.kent.edu/srvss or contact Jennie O’Connell, SART Education Intervention coordinator, at 330-672-8016.
Note from the SART: We thank the College of William and Mary, the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN), and the Red Flag Campaign for permission to reproduce much of the content used on this site.