The SpeakUPMC Climate Survey on Sexual Violence and Sexual Misconduct closes tomorrow, Friday March 4.
Here are FIVE GOOD REASONS for you to encourage your students to take the survey:
1. One in five women and one in sixteen men are sexually assaulted while in college (from http://www.oag.state.md.us/reports/sexual_misconduct.pdf).
2. Maryland women have the 6th highest lifetime prevalence of rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner in the country (fromhttp://www.mcasa.org/_mcasaWeb/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Sexual-Assault-in-Maryland-2013.pdf).
3. Regardless of whether they are in college, or of whether they experience violence on a college campus or somewhere else, women ages 18-24–the age of many of our students–are at greatest risk.
4. The survey is an educational tool that provides relevant definitions, as well as information about confidential and non-confidential, internal and external reporting resources.
5. Increasingly, community colleges are recognizing sexual violence as a retention issue.
Remember: the information students provide will help the College to shape future education programs, supports, and resources to improve our response to sexual violence.
How to get students involved:
• Make an announcement in class about the survey
• Forward this email to student’s to encourage them to participate
• Offer extra credit to those who participate
• Encourage anyone having technical difficulty to wait a few minutes and try again
What students need to know about the survey:
• This survey is completely voluntary, anonymous, and confidential. It will not be tied to student’s lives at Montgomery College in any way.
• Students who complete the survey can download a Certificate of Completion; professors who offer the survey as an extra credit option can collect certificates to confirm completion.
• The first 2000 students who complete the survey will be awarded $5 WEPA printing cards.
• The survey should take roughly 20-25 minutes to complete; students may choose not to answer any questions they are uncomfortable with.
Thank you for your support of this important initiative!
Esther Schwartz-McKinzie, Ph.D.
English and Reading