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Sexual Assault Prevention Initiatives

 Sexual assault is a pressing issue on Temple's campus and many across the nation. Students often encounter a lack of information and transparency from administrations on the issue and struggle to find supportive resources. ReimagineTU, supported by our Presidential Candidate’s experience as President of Student Activist Against Sexual Assault, is devoted to bringing awareness to on-campus resources and addressing the ongoing epidemic of sexual assault and failures to address it. Ray has been involved in the field sexual violence prevention since her 8th grade year, where she began interning on Capitol Hill for the anti-teen dating violence non-profit organization Break the Cycle. She has dedicated her life to researching and creating nuanced forms of activism and training to combat sexual violence.

Orientation Module Revamp

Right now, the orientation module for incoming freshmen/transfer students solely acknowledges sexual violence in the context of drinking alcohol, implying that the only time you can be sexually assaulted in a way that Temple will recognize, is if you are intoxicated. This is completely unacceptable.

Breaking it down...

(Written by Tanner Wood, Staff Coordinator)

Currently, incoming Freshmen are required to take a small online orientation module on drugs and alcohol, which introduces them to Temple’s rules and essential concepts like medical amnesty. This important module lacks the information and training to deal with other relevant topics facing new college students. We propose an expanded orientation module introducing Temple students to campus resources like the Tuttleman Counseling Center, Wellness Resource Center, flight services, and other essential resources. Critically, this orientation module will contain a required course on what consent is and is not, how to navigate Title IX, and how to report an assault or other sexual misconduct. Presently, the orientation module only acknowledges sexual violence in the context of drinking alcohol, implying that the only time you can be sexually assaulted in a way that Temple will recognize, is if you are intoxicated. We must acknowledge that there are a variety of contexts in which sexual violence may transpire and consent education must be appropriately flexible to these contexts. This expanded orientation module will help to inform students about the many services offered by Temple University and make their transition into college life smoother.

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