We can all use our voices to change the culture to prevent sexual violence.
Sexual Awareness Month is this April and we can take on a role of changing the culture to prevent sexual violence. Prevention requires addressing the root causes and social norms that allow sexual violence to exist. Steps to taking these measures can be done with Hope College’s Student Teaching and Empowering Peers (S.T.E.P) right here on campus. If you want to get invovled with S.T.E.P email firstname.lastname@example.org.
It also requires calling on groups whose influence can play a critical role in changing the culture. Along with that, there will be plenty of upcoming opportunities to promote awareness about this important issue, with the goal of creating a safer campus community at Hope College.
One of these ways is with a company called Capptivation, creators of the smartphone app Reach Out Editions, which seek to empower student survivors of sexual misconduct with information about their options for support both on and off campus. Reach Out offers a step by step guide to helpful resources for survivors at any point in their healing journey.
Resources are specific to your school and local community. Each resource includes a description, complete contact detail and hours. Subcategories make it easy to find resources at the local, state and national levels.
Reach Out simplifies reporting by organizing your options into easy to understand categories. Simply tap on any of the categories to learn more about the reporting process and who you can contact to file a report. Do you have questions about Title IX or sexual misconduct? Links offer one tap access to digestible and relevant information from your school’s policies and procedures. Capptivation designed the app to be as relatable and accommodative for all college students as possible by ensuring that users are anonymous, the information is campus specific and it’s free.
Capptivation shares, “Navigating the various options of support off campus can be complicated. That’s why we created the Reach Out Network. Members of the Reach Out Network are clearly marked within Reach Out, and provide custom mobile pages with their message tailored specifically toward the high school and college populations. These mobile pages are intended to provide a welcoming environment and address the needs of a student survivor.”
They invite Hope students to download and preview the app by searching for Reach Out Edition in either the iOS App Store or Google Play Store. Once in the app, simply search for Hope College to be taken to your homepage. This is a great resource for campus. Any more questions can be answered at https://www.capptivation.com.