This Subject Guide is designed to provide support for both students and instructors participating in the Campus Culture Project. This first page provides resources for students, instructors or community members looking to educate themselves about the issue of sexual assault. The guide also provides tools for further research into sexual assault and related topics. The Instructors tab of this guide includes the teaching materials for the Campus Culture Project, additional optional lessons, and resources to help effectively teach students about this important issue.
Hotlines for Immediate Assistance
Iowa Sexual Abuse Hotline (800) 284-7821 (confidential)
RVAP Crisis Line (319) 335-6000 (confidential)
Domestic Violence Intervention Program (319) 351-1043 (not confidential)
Iowa Domestic Abuse Hotline (800) 373-1043 (not confidential)
University of Iowa Nite Ride (319) 384-1111 (not confidential)
Rape Victims Advocacy Program (RVAP)
RVAP specializes with supporting survivors of sexual assault with services including forensic exams, STI and pregnancy prevention, counseling, support groups, and advising with regard to academics, talking to friends and family members, pursuing legal recourse, and assuring the survivor’s safety. The staff members at RVAP are not mandatory reporters and not required to inform the police about disclosed sexual misconduct.
Phone: (319) 335-6000
Offices: 332 S. Linn St., Suite 100
Iowa City, IA 52240
Women’s Resource & Action Center (WRAC)
WRAC offers support groups, counseling and other resources to survivors of sexual assault. They are not mandatory reporters and not required to inform the police about disclosed sexual misconduct.
Phone: (319) 335-1486
Offices: 130 N. Madison St.
Iowa City, IA 52245
University Counseling Service
The University Counseling Service provides consultations, individual and group therapy and psychotherapy, and referrals to other therapists in Iowa City. They are not mandatory reporters with regard to disclosed sexual assault.
Phone: (319) 335-7294
Offices: 3223 Westlawn S.
Iowa City, IA 52242
Office of the Sexual Misconduct Response Coordinator (OSMRC)
At OSMRC students can report any sexual or dating violence, receive advice about university polities, procedures and resources, and seek accommodations for continued safety and academic success. The staff at OSMRC are mandatory reporters, meaning they may be required to file an official report with campus or city authorities about any disclosed sexual misconduct.
Phone: (316) 335-6200
Offices: 450 Van Allen Hall
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242
Student Health & Wellness
Student Health & Wellness can provide medical consultation, STI testing and treatment, emergency contraception and exams for sexual assault victims. The doctors and nurses are mandatory informers and may be required to share their knowledge of sexual misconduct with city or campus authorities.
Appointments: (319) 335-8394
Nurseline: (319) 335-9704
Office of the Ombudsperson
This is a resource for any university community member with a problem or concern. They provide informal services in conflict resolution, mediation, and advocacy for fair treatment or fair process. They are a good resource for understanding campus policies with regard to a particular situation. They are a confidential service and not required to disclose or report any shared information.
Phone: (319) 335-3608
Offices: C108 Seashore Hall
Transgender identified survivors:
Asian and Pacific Islander survivors: http://muawi.org/wp/about-us/
African and Middle-Eastern survivors: https://www.facebook.com/NisaaAfricanWomensProject
Who Are You? (Note: some graphic material)
This video a group of actors show the possible events leading up to an alcohol-facilitated sexual assault. The video also points at the different moments in the evening when I bystander could have prevented the assault.
The "Undetected" Rapist (Trigger Warning)
Below is a reenactment of an interview conducted by Dr. David Lisak (Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Massachusetts, Boston) with “Frank,” a pre-law student. The interview was part of a study in which 1,882 men were surveyed about their relationships and sexual partners. After conducting the surveys, the study focused on 120 of those men who described actions that fit the legal definition of rape (for example, when asked if they'd ever had sex with someone who didn't want to, the men answered "yes"). None of those men had ever been prosecuted for their crimes. To create this video, an actor memorized what "Frank" said in the interview, and watched the video of the original interview so that he could mimic Frank's gestures and expressions. The actor is trying to mimic the behavior of a perpetrator of sexual assault as he describes the assault. For this reason, some may find this video particularly troubling.
According to recent statistics, one in two transgender individuals will be sexually assaulted at some point in their lives, making them one of the communities most vulnerable to sexual assault in the country. That vulnerability and the misconceptions many people have about transgender people means that trans survivors often do not get the support that they need. This website is a good primer on transgender issues and how to best support a transgender survivors.
How Movies Teach Manhood
This TEDTalk by Colin Stokes (embedded below) discusses the stories marketed to boys and girls, and how those stories affect the way we envision our lives and perceive the world. He argues that exposing children to different stories is an important part of educating children and can help shape their later behavior for the better.
The Everyday Sexism Project
Creator Lauren Bates discusses how she came to form the Everyday Sexism Project in response to the casual sexism (including assaults) that has become "normal" in British and American culture. She also discusses the backlash she experienced when she tried to bring this sexism to the attention of others and the strength she found in sharing her stories and the stories of other women. The Everyday Sexism Project is a source of solidarity and a way for people to share their strategies for combating sexism.