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
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.
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.
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.
Office of the Sexual Misconduct Response Coordinator (OSMRC)
At OSMRC students can report any sexual or dating violence, receive advice about university policies, 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.
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.
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.
Transgender identified survivors:
Asian and Pacific Islander survivors:
African and Middle-Eastern survivors:
24/7 Crisis Hotline
24/7 Text Only Line
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Iowa Domestic Violence Hotline
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.
A Response to the "Undetected" Rapist (Trigger Warning)
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There was previously a version of this available through YouTube, but it was taken down because of copyright violations.
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.