The Sexual Assault Oversight Committee (SAOC) is developing a project called “Stand Up Against Sexual Assault.” We will take photographs of members of the Middlebury College community holding signs with their own responses to the prompt “I stand up against sexual assault because….” These photographs will be turned into posters (with multiple community members featured on each poster) and displayed around campus as a visual reminder of our community’s commitment to this issue.
If you are willing to be photographed for this effort, we will make it as easy as possible for you to do so! In addition to offering several drop-in stations during the first two weeks of Winter Term, we are also willing to come to you and photograph you at a time and campus location of your choice. To participate, please contact Karen Guttentag at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last month, almost 250 students, faculty members and staff members offered their thoughts through an anonymous survey on what Middlebury’s priorities should be for sexual assault education, prevention and response. We write now to share what we’ve learned, and to invite you to join us in advancing the agenda you have helped to shape.
In addition to receiving solid support for the continued development of a confidential sexual assault advocates/allies program, we received strong feedback that what is needed is more: more opportunities for discussion; more facts about what happens on campus; more information about key definitions; and more opportunities to identify and dismantle aspects of our culture—at Middlebury and beyond—that are hospitable to sexual assault, and instead, foster a culture of respect, care and safety.
Our agenda is ambitious, and we can’t do it alone! We invite all interested community members to join us in our work on the projects below.
- Sexual Assault Advocacy Program: Working to recruit, select and develop a training agenda for a small group of students, faculty and staff members to provide confidential support to students. To join, please contact Fritz Parker: email@example.com.
- Education and Visibility Campaign: Developing educational campaigns and discussion opportunities to advance community understanding, awareness, and prevention of sexual assault. To join, please contact Olivia Case: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Prevalence Survey: Developing an annual survey to gather accurate data and information on the prevalence of sexual misconduct at Middlebury. To join, please contact Karen Guttentag: email@example.com.
Thank you in advance for your support.
Emily Pedowitz ’13 and Karen Guttentag, Assoc. Dean for Judicial Affairs and Student Life
Sexual Assault Oversight Committee Co-chairs