Day One staff, dean’s office conducts campus sexual assault forum

Staff members from Day One, the sexual assault and trauma resource center in Providence, will conduct an informational forum on campus-based sexual assault when they visit Salve Regina on Friday, Oct. 17.

The forum, free and open to the public, will be held from 7-9 p.m. in Bazarsky Lecture Hall, located in O’Hare Academic Center on Ochre Point Avenue. The event is being sponsored by Salve Regina’s social work department in conjunction with the Dean of Students office.

The Day One staff will talk about statistics, steps to reduce the likelihood of an assault, services available, while the Dean of Students and staff will provide an overview of Salve Regina policies and procedures, by-stander intervention strategies and self-defense/safety tips to reduce the risk of assault.

One in five women are victims of campus based sexual assault while in college, according to the National Institute on Justice and not all victims are women. With 20 percent of all women being victims, only 5 percent are filing reports of those incidents.

Day One's mission is to reduce the prevalence of sexual abuse and violence, and to support and advocate for those affected by it. The organization operates a 24-hour Victims of Crime Helpline (1-800-494-8100) as well as offering crisis intervention, individual and group counseling, legal advocacy, prevention education, psycho-educational services for incarcerated men and women who are victims of childhood sexual abuse and assault, and more.