Parents, Make Some Noise to Stop Campus Sexual Assault!

Parents, Make Some Noise to Stop Campus Sexual Assault!

We don’t need a survey to tell us that a safe college environment is important to parents. Of course, there is one. A survey by education site Noodle.com found that 75% of parents rate a “safe environment” as highly important. Those parents also are tuned in to the danger campus sexual assault presents, as 82% of them indicated a top concern was a school’s “enforcement of a sexual assault code.”

A college or university can’t claim to provide a safe environment until it effectively prevents campus sexual assault. Pressure from parents pushes administrators to create and implement more effective prevention programs.

While parents want a safe college environment and are concerned about how schools handle campus sexual assault, concern alone does nothing to stop this epidemic. Keep Her Safe is rallying parents to do something about it. When parents organize and channel their concern into action and make some noise about their expectations, administrators will listen.

Keep Her Safe is guiding parents in vocalizing their concerns and expectations to college administrators. Many are organizing local Keep Her Safe Chapters to target colleges and universities in their states and communities.

It’s easy to take action and get vocal on this issue. When engaged in the school selection process, express your concerns, asking pointed questions and conveying that proactive, effective campus sexual assault prevention initiatives matter.

Research has shown us approaches which make prevention programs more effective. Look for schools that use these approaches, and express your desire for them at schools that don’t:

  • Bystander intervention training to teach students how to intervene
  • Training programs delivered in several ways for greater effectiveness. For example, programs could be online and also have an in-person workshop
  • Training is mandatory for all students
  • Specific training targeting athletes and fraternities
  • Affirmative consent education
  • Ongoing programs delivered beyond freshman year
  • Student groups working to prevent sexual assault
  • Extensive promotion of prevention programs and practices around campus

Be part of the critical mass of parent voices pushing to make our daughters safe from campus sexual assault. Start or join a local Keep Her Safe chapter and invite your friends to join.

To learn more about this process, please contact us.

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Sheri Heitker Dixon is the founder of Keep Her Safe, a non-profit organization committed to making college campuses safe from sexual assault.

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