By: Marcela Chavez, Director, Women’s Resource Center
Entering college is an exciting time of life! It is a time of growing independence, new friends and new challenges and students often have to adapt to completely new situations in a short amount of time. Fortunately, the campus your student is entering is a safe environment. However, crime can and does occur. The focus of this section is to educate you and your family about the crimes of sexual violence, including sexual assault, rape and stalking, whether by a friend, acquaintance, date or stranger.
Because it is estimated that one in four college women are victims of rape or attempted rape (U.S. Department of Justice, 2000), and documented that first-year students are the most vulnerable to such crimes, our goal is to increase the students’ awareness of the circumstances of these crimes. The better informed students are, the safer they and their friends will be.
A coordinated campaign for disseminating information, answering questions, and addressing issues related to sexual assault in all its manifestations, is coordinated through Project Safe. With this program, the university is actively engaged in increasing awareness and greater understanding of the nature and ramifications of all forms of sexual assault on students’ lives.
Project Safe is a collaborative effort of the CSULB Women’s Resource Center, the Long Beach Sexual Assault Crisis Agency, Interval House domestic violence shelter and the Long Beach Police Department, with on-campus cooperation from the Dean of Students Office, University Police, Counseling and Psychological Services, Judicial Affairs, Housing and Residential Life, Student Health Services and the Associated Students, Inc. All these offices have knowledgeable and caring staff able to inform and/or assist in the event of an incident.
Project Safe partners provide prevention and intervention activities, including support and advocacy, to reduce the incidence of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking on the CSULB campus. Prevention education programs raise awareness of sexual, domestic and gender-based violence and help develop solutions on campus. By increasing prevention education, outreach and awareness activities, women and men at CSULB gain an understanding of both their roles in preventing violence against women and how to support and encourage survivors to seek healing and recovery services.