outreach

outreach

Accessibility for online content

Accessibility for online content

As courses and conferences continue to move online due to the Covid-19 pandemic, now is the time to ensure online content meets accessibility standards.  Whether creating a word document, PowerPoint presentation, digital exhibit, website, eBooks, etc., accessibility is essential. Accessibility design can be described as “focus[ing] on users with physical or invisible disabilities like low vision, blind, or ADHD,” and “on enabling users with disabilities to perceive, interact, understand, and navigate products” (Bruschi, para. 3). Other factors, such as age, language, or technological challenges are also things to consider.  Below are a few tips and tools to keep in mind when creating your next virtual presentation, online course, or research paper. Things to consider: A lot of the tips below … Continued
Sexual Assault Awareness and Children

Sexual Assault Awareness and Children

To create awareness and promote education about sexual assault and children, we have gathered these resources to share via the IU East Campus Library blog. This content is also available in a free, publicly accessible resource guide: https://iue.libguides.com/SexualAssaultAwarenessMonth/youth At any time if you know or believe that a child has been abused or neglected, please report the situation to the Department of Child Services Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline at 800-800-5556. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Preventing Child Sexual Abuse https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/childabuseandneglect/childsexualabuse.html Child sexual abuse is a significant but preventable public health problem. Many children wait to report or never report child sexual abuse. Although estimates vary across studies, the data shows that about 1 in 4 girls and … Continued
Sexual Assault Awareness Month: Asking Questions

Sexual Assault Awareness Month: Asking Questions

‘I Ask’ is the theme of  the 2020 Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This emphasizes the importance of asking for consent in any sexual interaction.  But there is another type of ‘asking’ that is just as important — if a survivor comes to you. I ask… How can I help? Truly helping is a very hard thing to do, because what a survivor most needs may be completely contrary to your own interests, expectations, or desires.  But to be helpful, you must focus totally on what that person needs to heal. A skilled therapist or counselor is trained what to say, and not say, and to understand small cues. They also have extensive knowledge of community resources available to survivors. We … Continued
Streaming Films for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Streaming Films for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Sexual assault can be an uncomfortable topic for many to approach and talk about, even for those who haven’t experienced sexual assault first hand. Documentaries and films can be an informative and insightful way to explore the topic of sexual assault, but visual reenactments and first-person accounts of such experiences can be difficult for anyone, especially survivors. These films can be bleak; showcasing ingrained rape culture among various institutions and communities, the struggles of obtaining justice or evidence, and even the reality of facing backlash, retaliation, or bullying over reporting these instances. However, these films can also highlight the strength and resilience of survivors and provide helpful information on how to spot the signs of sexual harassment and assault, how … Continued
Sorting fact from fiction about sexual assault

Sorting fact from fiction about sexual assault

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, an uncomfortable subject for many of us to think about.  Yet it is very important to learn about sexual assault, especially since there are so many myths about it, myths that victimize people ever further after an attack.  Myth: Rape and sexual assault are crimes of passion and cannot be stopped. Truth:  According to the World Health Organization, rape and sexual assault are crimes of power and dominance, often used as a tool of control over the victim.  Sexual assault may occur under a number of different circumstances, usually involves an acquaintance of the victim and always involves lack of consent on the part of the victim. Myth:  Sexual assault isn’t that common, so … Continued