LIFE AT WSU

  • Sexual Assault and Violence Education (SAVE)

    Education and information about sexual and relational violence, survivor support, resources and campus prevention initiatives.

  • SAVE Task Force

    The Sexual Assault and Violence Education (SAVE) Task Force is comprised of student representatives, staff, faculty and administrators representing various campus divisions, departments and disciplines, who are committed to cultivating a vibrant campus life in which all members of the WSU community feel welcomed, included, respected, empowered and valued. Through campus wide programming, training and resources, the task force will help to provide a safe, healthy and supportive campus climate, free of sexual and relational violence. For more information, interested community members should contact svalois@worcester.edu.

    PDF icon SAVE FY19 Year End Report
    PDF icon SAVE FY20 Year End Report

    Campus Initiatives

    It's on Us to Stop Sexual Assault - Massachusetts State University System

    Social Media

    Follow @wsusave on instagram for up to date campus resources and programming.

    Other Initiatives

    • Campus wide pocket resource cards
    • Everfi Sexual Violence Prevention Online programming- First Year Students and Athletes
    • Orientation Programming- Title IX and consent training
    • First Year Programming- It IS My Place sexual violence prevention and bystander intervention theatre program
    • We Speak Up bystander intervention programming
    • Domestic Violence Awareness Month campaigns
    • Sexual Assault Awareness Month campaigns
    • I ASK and Got Consent campaigns
    • One Love healthy relationship workshops
    • Title IX trainings
    • Sexual Assault Education and Prevention workshops
    • Trauma Informed Approach workshops
    • WGSS Annual Candace Allen Memorial Lecture
    • RAD Basic self defense class
    • RAD Advanced Self Defense Class
    • RAD Keychain Options Self Defense Class
    • RAD Weapons Defense Self Defense Class
    Resource Guide

    The SAVE resource guide is a quick reference of on and off campus resources available to support survivors of sexual and relational violence. The resource guide is also located in multiple locations and restrooms throughout campus and is available in English and Spanish.

    PDF icon SAVE Pocket Card (English)
    PDF icon SAVE Guía (Español)

    What Should I do if I'm Assaulted?

    If you have been assaulted, prompt medical and emotional care can make a difference. You have options from reporting the incident, to accessing on or off campus supports.

    Please review our What Should I do if I'm Assaulted? resources.

    Common Reactions

    The impact of sexual violence, relational violence, gender based discrimination or harrassment, stalking or retaliation may significantly impact how a person feels about themself and those around them. Individual responses may differ and may occur immediately following an event but also may occur much later when triggered by a different event. Some common reactions include:

    • Shock/numbness
    • Isolation or withdrawal from previous activities or friends
    • Increased feelings of sadness, worry or fear
    • Difficulty concentrating
    • Missing class or assignments
    • Difficulty sleeping or eating
    • Physical ailments (stomach aches/headaches)
    • Guilt, self-blame, or shame
    • Flashbacks or re-experiencing the event in your mind
    • Increase in substance abuse or negative coping
    How to Support a Friend or Family Member
    • Thank them for sharing with you.
    • Ask if they feel safe.
    • Encourage medical care and follow up.
    • Encourage counseling and emotional support.
    • Remind them it is not their fault.
    • Be empathetic and open minded.
    • Resist asking “why” questions or investigating what happened.
    • Allow them to make what choices they feel are best.
    • Ask what they may need from you.
    • Remind them of confidential resources.
    • Offer to help connect them to supports, resources and reporting options.
    • Remind them they have a choice to make a Title IX or criminal report.
    • Respect their privacy.
    • Ensure they know they are not alone.
    • Balance being there and giving them their own space.
    • Monitor your own feelings and need for support.

    Review the Friends and Family toolkit from RAINN for additional strategies on how to help.

    Relational/Dating/Domestic Violence

    Relational violence is a pattern of behaviors by one partner that is used to gain or maintain power and control over another. It also refers to domestic, dating and intimate partner violence (IPV). Such behavior can be directed against a current spouse, family member, person with whom a child is shared, cohabitant (such as a roommate), romantic or intimate partner.

    Facts

    • 1 in 3 women, 1 in 4 men and 1 in 2 transgender and non-binary individuals will be in an abusive relaitonship in their lifetime.
    • Women between the ages of 18-24 are most commonly abused by an intimate partner.
    • Relational abuse occurs in all relationships of all genders, all races, all religions, all sexualities, and even occurs within friendships and familial relationships.

    Know the Signs

    All of our relationships exist on a continuum between healthy and unhealthy, to abusive. Learn the red flags and warning signs below. Where does your relationship fall?

    Types of Abuse

    Relational abuse is not always physical. Understanding the various ways that abuse appears and intersects can prepare you to respond to situations safely for yourself and others:

    • Emotional
    • Verbal
    • Physical
    • Sexual
    • Financial
    • Digital

    Learn more about the types of abuse.

    What to Do

    • Recognize that your partner’s behavior is not ok.
    • Know that you deserve a healthy relationship.
    • Know that it’s not your fault.
    • Tell someone you trust.
    • Create a safety plan.
    • Seek professional support from an advocate or counselor.
    • Report it to a confidential resource, University Police, or the Title IX Coordinator.
    • Consider a no trespass order or no contact order on campus, or a restraining order in court.
    • Seek academic or housing supportive measures on campus through the Title IX Coordinator.
    • Consider criminal charges or a Title IX investigation.
    • Review resources for confidential resources, reporting options, emotional, online and hotline support.

    How to Help a Friend

    If you think your friend or family member is in an abusive or unhealthy relationship it can be difficult to know what to do. One of the most important things you can do is to start a conversation. See the tips below and review additional tips from the One Love Foundation.

    • Express concern. Be supportive. Listen patiently.
    • Keep the conversation friendly.
    • Try not to judge, place blame or be preachy.
    • Help them recognize it’s not their fault.
    • Focus on the unhealthy behaviors that are occurring.
    • Talk with them about supports and resources.
    • Allow them to make their own decisions.
    • Expect, and be open to, more conversations.
    • Seek support for yourself.
    Safety Planning

    Creating a safety plan is an important part of physical and emotional safety. During an unsafe, abusive or violent situation it can be difficult to think clearly or logically. Proactively preparing a safety plan can help to plan for crises and consister practical options and supports before, during or after an unsafe, violent or abusive situation.

    RAVE Guardian App

    The Rave Guardian app is one of the best ways to not only improve your personal safety on the Worcester State University campus, but also that of your fellow guardians within your own private safety network. This app also can put you in direct contact with University Police in an emergency.

    Review the Rave Guardian app features.

    Note: This app is separate from the Rave Alert software used to notify the campus community of incidents such as inclement weather closings or delays.

    Create a Personalized Safety Plan

    Link Icon An Interactive Guide to Safety Planning

    Resources, Reporting Options and Bystander Intervention
  • CONTACT US

    Jennifer Quinn M.Ed., CHES, CTTS
    Director of Title IX
    Drug and Alcohol Education Prevention
    Student Center
    Office SC338
    508-929-8243
    jquinn@worcester.edu
    wsu_titleix@worcester.edu  

    On-Campus Emergencies
    508-929-8911

    Off-Campus Emergencies
    Worcester Police Department
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