We had another great round table this Tuesday, where we had Sexual Assault Services (SAS) come and talk with us about the Red Flag Campaign, and the services that are provided throughout the college.
People had some great questions about consent, and raised some great points about how culturally there is a great impact on how we interact with one another sexually. There was a lot of focus on how “no” is not usually the stopping point, but the beginning of a negotiation, and how problematic that becomes, especially when people get worn down, and feel as though there is no other option.
All of these questions and topics were answered and further clarified by the wonderful people who came to visit from SAS. They did a great job of hosting our round table, and I know I walked away with more knowledge under my belt.
One of the biggest things I took away from this round table, is how fortunate we all are to have the support network created by SAS. Most institutions do not go to the lengths that these folks do in order to ensure that people get the help they need.
So here are some of things these amazing people do:
- Provide support whether you are in a situation yourself, or trying to be there for family or friends who are in abusive relationships, sexual assaults, stalking
- Anonymous reporting
- All services are confidential
- Always on call ( cell #, so you can text as well)
- College -Wide
- They can meet off-campus
- They will go to appointments, court, exams, etc.
They provide support when people need it the most, and are helping to ensure that survivors are aware of all of their options. We are quite fortunate to have this level of involvement, and people who invest so much time to make sure that survivors get help, and know that they are not alone.
SAS is under the NOVA Cares services here at NOVA. Here is there email: firstname.lastname@example.org and phone: 703-338-0834
Keep your calendars open for October 21 to join SAS for the Clothesline Project