Please see below for our vision for a Sexual Violence Drop-In Center on Seattle University’s campus. If you would be interested in helping out on this project, please send us en email! We want to talk with you!
At least 1 in 4 college women will be the victim of a sexual assault during her academic career (1). And at least 80% of all sexual assaults are committed by an acquaintance of the victim (2). Sexualized violence is rampant in our society as well as on our very own Seattle University community.
While SU offers services such as professional counseling, public safety, and the health clinic, we feel there is a void for empowering spaces for survivors of sexualized violence and others impacted to use their creativity to heal. We posit that this type of space falls within the domain of the SU Sexual Assault Policy, which states, “The University’s goal is to prevent sexual assault through education and deterrence, and through the creation of an atmosphere of improved understanding and communication.” This space will not provide counseling or therapy services, but rather, through multiple forms of expression/art, critical dialogue, group support and consciousness-raising, build individual and collective empowerment.
- Engage in collective healing, critical dialogue, creative artistic expression and participatory education to build individual and collective power and inspire action
- Prioritize the safety and empowerment of survivors of sexualized violence as well as all marginalized populations
- Open space for all who seek to challenge interpersonal and institutional violence
- Build a politicized and supportive community on campus that works with off-campus organizations
- Embrace feminist ideas and practices that address all forms of oppression (e.g. racism, heterosexism, classism, ablism, etc.)
- Create grassroots alternatives of addressing sexual violence through building community
(1) Hirsch, 1990, Fraternities of Fear: Gang Rape, Male Bonding, and the Silencing of Women (2) U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2001