Respect is a gift that we’re all born with. Whether we choose to activate it or not, we all have respect for ourselves and for others. It’s a key principle that can solve many problems in our society. A seven-letter word can change society. Isn’t that crazy?
As highlighted in a previous blog post, sexual assault or assault of any type is NOT tolerated on this campus. In a recent flyer sent out by Counseling & Health Services states, “Salem State University WILL NOT TOLERATE Sexual Assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking in any form.” Not only does SSU stand by this, but it also has the resources to help you out in case something does come up.
What can you do to help yourself before you need the help of many of the resources on campus? Arm yourself with the 4 R’s!
- RESPECT – The key to any healthy relationship is respect. Know that you are strong enough to say no to anything that you don’t want to do. No one can give consent if they are unconscious, forced, or coerced.
- RESPOND – If you become aware that someone has been assaulted or victimized, know it’s not their fault and remind them of that. Be an ear to listen to and a shoulder to cry on. Guide them in the right direction.
- REPORT – University employees are trained to report any incidents to the appropriate resources on campus. Speak out, and someone will help you. Students who have been or are being affected by sexual or relationship violence can access personal, academic, legal, and/or student conduct resources and supports. All students have the right to speak out and up!
- RESOURCES: Here are the very helpful resources at your disposal on this campus:
Salem State University Police (978) 542-6111. Assaults may be reported to the police without filing formal charges.
Dean of Students Office (978) 542-6401. Can take action on campus to protect and support you.
Counseling and Health Services (978) 542-6410. Confidential health and counseling services.
Title IX Coordinator Beth Marshall, (978) 542-6022. Able to take action in many areas to protect students and staff.
YMCA North Shore Rape Crisis Center 2 hour hotline (800) 922-8772. Free off campus resource.
Healing Abuse Working for Change 24 hour hotline (800) 547-1649. Free off campus resource.
For more information: salemstate.edu/titleix