**Trigger Warning: Talking about campus rape and ways to get information to students**
What do you do if you are sexually assaulted? Honestly speaking, just off the top of your head do you know a resource or a number to call? I know that resources exist at JMU, C.A.R.E. for example, but what if I didn’t? Would I really seek that information out after going through a traumatic experience? I can’t say for sure. That’s why what George Washington University’s doing is so amazing to me.
ThinkProgress has a great article about GWU and what steps the university is taking to help victims of rape. GWU is putting information about sexual assault resources in class syllabi. How cool is that!?
Scott Berkowitz, the president of the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN), explains that “We’ve found that people don’t ever expect to need a service like this. They tend not to hold onto information about sexual assault services. But they are going to hold onto a syllabus, since they need it for other purposes.”
Okay so can JMU get on this please? I think it is a wonderful idea and hopefully more colleges across the globe will jump on board with this policy. The article also talks about other creative ideas such as printing info on coffee sleeves or other places where students will see. So smart! Let’s bring the information to the people, rather than telling them to seek it out on their own. What do you guys think??