We’ve Changed Our Name – The SHAPE Office!

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Below is the language from the all-campus email that was sent our Wednesday, August 19th, 2020. Dear Campus Community, I hope this note finds y’all as well as possible and practicing self-care in meaningful ways. I’m writing to share some updates regarding changes to the work of the Office of Survivor Advocacy & Community Education … Read more

Navigating Digital Consent & Boundaries

The Five 5W’s of Digital Consent: topics to explore to ensure safe and consensual digital intimacy by Priya Senecal, MA, LPC (CAPS), Johanna DeBari, MA (SACE Office), and Seirra Fowler, MPH, CHES (WesWell) Want to learn more about the 5Ws? Click here to watch the creators of this infographic unpack each question for navigating digital … Read more

New Title IX Regulations: Support & Solidarity

Hi Everyone, I hope this note finds y’all well and finding opportunities to practice self-care. The Department of Education just released the final Title IX regulations, outlining how schools are required to respond to instances of sexual harassment (including sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking). The documentation provided by the Department of Education is extensive … Read more

Finding Resources in Your Community

Community Resources As the academic year ends, here are some tips for connecting with resources in your community. Local Advocacy Resources Find your local advocacy center.  Find your local advocacy center via this RAINN Database. Advocacy centers provide advocacy and counseling services, sometimes including court advocacy, hospital accompaniment, and virtual support groups. They also have … Read more

Denim Day 2020: Spreading Hope & Light

Hi Everyone, On this #denimday, in a world of social distancing and self-isolation, honoring survivors and challenging victim blaming are critical. This collective experience or trauma we are all navigating, impacts each of us to varying degrees. Those who have a trauma history may be experiencing a reactivation of those feelings of harm, fear, shame, … Read more

Resources for Navigating Zoom Bombing

  “10 Ways to Secure Zoom! Use a unique ID for Large or Public Zoom Calls: When you schedule a Zoom meeting, look for the Meeting ID options and choose “Generate Automatically.” Doing so plugs up one of the biggest holes that Zoom-bombers can exploit. Require a Meeting Password: One way to protect the meeting … Read more

Denim Day & Take Back the Night

Denim Day, April 29th, 2020 Denim day is an international awareness event run by Peace Over Violence to support survivors and addressing victim-blaming. The campaign began after a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a  rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt the victim’s jeans were too tight, so she must have given … Read more

Survivor Solidarity Month: Upcoming Events!

For the last week of Survivor Solidarity Month, here are some engagement opportunities: Wear Denim to Honor Denim Day! On Wednesday, April 29th wear denim or “jeans with a purpose” to stand with survivors and challenge victim blaming. Learn more about Denim Day here: https://www.denimdayinfo.org/why-denim  Practice Digital Consent As we rely more on technology to … Read more

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: Know Your Rights & Resources

Hi Everyone, Although many folks are working from home remotely, sexual harassment can still be experienced virtually. Whether within a current workplace, or on professional networking platforms, sexual harassment can be experienced in a variety of ways. With that in mind, here’s some information on rights, resources, and definitions of sexual harassment to reference for … Read more

Survivor Support Groups for Students

Hi Everyone, Below please find information about some support groups for those who have experienced harm being offered in our community. For the first group facilitated by YWCA of New Britain, this is a psycho-educational group and folks are welcome to join next week after filling out this tinyurl and speaking with an advocate. For … Read more