DePauw University is committed to ending violence on campus, supporting victims/survivors and holding those who harm others accountable for their actions.
Sexual assault on college campuses is a national problem and we believe that preventing sexual violence and supporting survivors is everyone’s responsibility. Partners and colleagues across the University provide prevention and educational programs and resources on sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking and sexual harassment. Here’s what you can do to make DePauw a safer, more welcoming place to live, study and work.
How you can help: Practice prevention
You can take steps to reduce the risk of assault and to keep your friends safe. Make plans before you go out. Stick with a group. Monitor your alcohol if you or your friends choose to drink. No matter what happens, remember that rape is never the survivor’s fault. The best intervention is prevention.
For additional information on prevention resources or to learn about prevention training, please click here to learn more about Green Dot at DePauw.
How you can help: Understand Consent
Learning how to talk about consent, gain consent, and refuse consent can help clarify each person’s responsibility to minimize the risk of unwanted sexual contact. The DePauw Student Handbook provides a very clear definition of consent and details DePauw’s Sexual Misconduct and Interpersonal Violence policies and process. You can read the definition of consent and the full policy here.
In layman’s terms, consent is when someone clearly agrees, gives permission, or says "yes" to sexual activity with someone else. For sex to be consensual, all people in a sexual situation must feel that they are able to say "yes" or "no" at any point during sexual activity and that their choices will be respected.
How you can help: Intervene
Be an active bystander: Violence can happen anywhere. Learn what you can do when you witness violence and abuse. Recognize unhealthy relationships and learn how to safely and effectively intervene.
Be direct, delegate or distract to protect your friends.
Direct – Directly intervening, in the moment, to prevent a problem situation from happening.
Delegate – Seeking help from another individual, often someone who is in a leadership role.
Distract – Interrupting the situation without directly confronting the offender.
How you can help: Know your resources.
DePauw Public Safety is available 24 hours a day. DePauw Sexual Assault Survivor Advocates (SASA) can be reached at this 24 Hour Hotline: 765.658.4650. Staff at the Women’s Center (765.658.4173) can also provide resources for victims/survivors. The DePauw Wellness Center provides health services and counseling. For support after hours, call Public Safety Dispatch at 765.658.5555.
Another source of support are local advocates from Family Support Services (765.653.4820), Putnam County Hospital (765.653.5121), and the National Sexual Violence Hotline (800.656.HOPE).
How you can help: Report!
Report incidents of violence or abuse on campus: In an emergency, dial 911. To report non-emergency situations, call DePauw Public Safety. If you choose to report to another law enforcement agency, Public Safety can assist in facilitating contact. If it is not an emergency and you choose to report anonymously, click the “Silent Witness” link on the DePauw Public Safety website. Or, you can report incidents of sexual violence and/or sexual harassment to the DePauw Title IX Team: Renee Madison (Title IX Coordinator), Jana Grimes, Stevie Baker-Watson.