Sexual Respect at The University of Akron

Sexual respect at Akron

We strive to promote an environment of sexual respect—and that means zero tolerance for gender-based harassment, sexual assault or misconduct, relationship violence or stalking.


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Our take

strong-mikeAs a campus com­mu­nity, we must do all that we can to educate ourselves about issues related to sexual mis­conduct, and we must avail ourselves of the most effective programs and services to prevent sexual assault. We must respond quickly to provide needed support and resources. And we must continuously strive to do more, to listen to each other with compassion and respect, and to create a culture of zero tolerance for behaviors that violate our values, ethics and the law.

We are a learning community that holds itself accountable for our students' success. Join me in offering your advice, energy, and time to ensure that our programs and services are available and known to all who may benefit.

Michael Strong
Dean of Students


Events

Fall semester events to be posted soon!

See all events held last April for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.


BYSTANDER INTERVENTION

Will you be the one?

At a party this weekend, who will you be? This appreciation for bystanders who intervene was produced by and graciously made available to us by The Ohio State University.

News

Center supports survivors, raises awareness

Rape Crisis Center of Medina and Summit CountiesThe Rape Crisis Center operates an on-campus office for student advocacy and support in Room 246 of the Student Recreation and Wellness Center.

"The center's presence strengthens our ability to reduce and prevent sexual misconduct through education and awareness," says Michael Strong, dean of students. Office initiatives include bystander-intervention training and victim-response training.

The on-campus office of the Rape Crisis Center can be reached at 330-972-6328. The Rape Crisis Center also provides services at all hours on its hotline, 877-906-RAPE. More options for survivors.


CAMPUS RESOURCES


Video: ‘Unyieldingly Brave’

Inspired by a research project, Abigail Watsonsophomore Abigail Watson (inset) set off to raise awareness about sexual assault by creating a video she titled "Unyieldingly Brave."

One goal of the video is to make viewers aware of the many options for help available on campus.

"Viewers should understand that sexual assault victims are not alone and there are various resources with the main purpose of being there for them," Watson says. "Victims should seek help and realize that what happened to them doesn't have to define them."

See Abigail's video