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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
The Fight Against Fake News Begins with Me

The Fight Against Fake News Begins with Me

A first person account of the battle for accuracy from a rather unattractive couch I have tried very hard to be a Nerd of Trust. To me, accurate and timely information is a critical need for daily life function, and since 2016 I have worked tirelessly to promote good information literacy while combating fake news.  As someone who has built a reputation of trustworthiness among colleagues, family and friends through fact-checks, online posts about false information and a relentless attack on fake news stories, I’ve earned my Nerd of Trust credentials.  The COVID-19 pandemic was an ideal situation for fake news purveyors.  Through the rise of social media, many Americans have fallen prey to medically-oriented misinfodemics – floods of false … Continued
Awareness and Celebration of LGBTQ+ Community

Awareness and Celebration of LGBTQ+ Community

International Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV) is March 31st, 2020. It is a day to celebrate transgender people, their contributions to society, as well as raise awareness of the discrimination they face worldwide. The Indiana University East Campus Library is a dedicated Safe Space and our librarians and staff participate in regular training and professional development, such as Safe Zone, to better serve those members of the community who identify as LGBTQ+. This past month, IU East librarians Beth South and KT Lowe had the opportunity to attend the National Association of Social Workers 3rd Annual Conference on Serving Sexual & Gender Minority (GSM) populations. This conference was hosted by NASW’s Indiana Chapter Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.  … Continued