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Rape and Sexual Violence on Campus: Technology Solutions

Rape and Sexual Violence on Campus: Technology Solutions

Article Published: October 10, 2014

Rape and sexual violence on campus are not just women’s issues. They are community issues requiring creative solutions by both men and women. Please join the members of Health 2.0 Pittsburgh for "Rape and Sexual Violence on Campus: Technology Solutions." 

Date:  Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Time: 6:00 - 8:30 pm  Networking, Dinner, Program
Location:  QIT Center, 26th Floor, Centre City Tower, 650 Smithfield Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Map and parking information.
                

Please RSVP to Allison Maksin by Wednesday, October 22, 2014. Space is limited and only registered guests are able to attend. The Jewish Healthcare Foundation and the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative are co-hosting the event with the Pittsburgh Technology Council. Participants include representatives from local universities and agencies, as well as innovators who are developing apps, devices and training programs. 

College students experience dating violence and sexual assault at staggering and rising rates and face unique obstacles in accessing services to escape an abusive relationship. This is not a new issue. But, in 2014, the issues of sexual assault and rape on college campuses have been the subject of much publicity and conversation. Addressing sexual violence on college campuses requires proactive measures by administrators, policy makers, service-providing agencies, and the larger community including innovators. Tonight’s program will focus on the role for technology in creating solutions to this persistent problem.

 

Each year, nearly six percent of female college students report a rape or attempted rape. That number represents a gross underrepresentation of actual attacks. It is estimated that fewer than five percent of college women who are victims of rape or attempted rape report it to the police. But, two thirds of all victims tell someone – often a friend. Many drop out of school because they fear that if they stay, they might regularly face their attacker in class, the dorms and at college functions. Nine percent of men and eleven percent of women say they seriously considered suicide and 1.3 percent reported one attempt. Thirteen percent of female students report being stalked and just 25 percent of all crimes on campuses were reported to a law enforcement authority of any kind.

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic violence thrives when we are silent; but if we take a stand and work together, we can end domestic violence. Throughout the month of October, help NNEDV to raise awareness about domestic violence and join in our efforts to end violence. Here is what you can do:

Make a donation to NNEDV in honor of the people in your life who have been impacted by domestic violence. 

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Google+ to view and share our #31n31 actions for the month of October. Every day in 2014, NNEDV will be sharing facts from our #31n31 list - 31 ways that VAWA, FVPSA, and VOCA have made a difference in the lives of survivors and their families.

Wear purple -- the color of Domestic Violence Awareness Month -- during the month of October and use this as a way to tell others why ending domestic violence is important to you 

Participate in 2014's Week of Action October 20-24, 2014!

Change your social media profile and cover photos to show that you stand with NNEDV as we remember those who have lost their lives and celebrate those who have survived.

Join the network behind the Network and become a member of NNEDV! For the first time ever,we have opened our membership to individuals who support our work. When you become a member of NNEDV, you add your voice to the chorus of others speaking out against domestic violence.

Join NNEDV's book club, Reader with a Cause, on Goodreads! Many of today's most popular books raise issues that are connected to domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking -- creating the perfect opportunity to discus the importance of these issues with our friends, families, and coworkers. Join us as we read and discuss equality, empowerment, and violence against women as it appears in contemporary literature.

For more information on National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, visit http://nnedv.org/getinvolved/dvam.html.

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