College campuses across the nation are facing a serious problem and unfortunately, the numbers do not lie. The issue of power-based personal violence (sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking) is an issue of significant concern on college campuses, including Kent State University.
Support Students in Need
The Center for Sexual and Relationship Violence Suppot Services (SRVSS) has created an emergency fund which is available for students in need of additional funding for books, academic supplies, household items, housing, or food. To contribute, use the following link, then select Diversity Equity and Inclusion as the gift type and SRVSS Emergency Fund as the program.
- Nationally, 11.2% of all students experience rape or sexual assault through physical force, violence, or incapacitation (among all graduate and undergraduate students).*
- Among graduate and professional students, 8.8% of females and 2.2% of males experience rape or sexual assault through physical force, violence, or incapacitation.*
- Among undergraduate students, 23.1% of females and 5.4% of males experience rape or sexual assault through physical force, violence, or incapacitation.*
These statistics are simply unacceptable and we believe we can do better at Kent State University.
*David Cantor, Bonnie Fisher, Susan Chibnall, Reanna Townsend, et. al. Association of American Universities (AAU), Report on the AAU Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct (September 21, 2015).
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
During the month of April, SRVSS is joining with the Kent State community to ASK. This year's theme is "I Ask." Consent is something for which everyone needs to ask. It is about listening and respecting the boundaries and voice of others.
Throughout the month there are many events to raise awareness on consent and to show survivors we support them.