Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault & Human Trafficking https://indianacesa.org Together, we can create a world without sexual violence. Fri, 11 Oct 2019 15:10:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault & Human Trafficking encourages college students to ‘StepIn’ and help end sexual assault this homecoming season https://indianacesa.org/indiana-coalition-to-end-sexual-assault-encourages-college-men-and-women-to-stepin-and-help-end-sexual-assault-this-homecoming-season/ Tue, 08 Oct 2019 19:16:32 +0000 https://indianacesa.org/?p=4979 (Indianapolis, Ind.)  The Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault & Human Trafficking (ICESAHT) is encouraging college students this homecoming season to “StepIn” and help end sexual assault. StepIn is a bystander intervention initiative developed by ICESAHT to eradicate sexual assault on college campuses and surrounding communities. StepIn is based on the following principles:  Stop, Think, […]

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(Indianapolis, Ind.)  The Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault & Human Trafficking (ICESAHT) is encouraging college students this homecoming season to “StepIn” and help end sexual assault.

StepIn is a bystander intervention initiative developed by ICESAHT to eradicate sexual assault on college campuses and surrounding communities. StepIn is based on the following principles:  Stop, Think, Engage, and Prevent.

According to national statistics, only one in five college-age women who are sexually assaulted report the attack to police. Studies also show that college students are at the highest risk of sexual assault during the first few months of their first and second semesters. Further, one study reports that 15 percent of college women were raped while incapacitated during their first year of college.  Statistics are equally alarming for LGTBQ and gender non-conforming students.

“By educating and engaging students around the power that one person has in preventing behaviors that increase the risk of sexually violent behavior, we have the potential to change the conversation and the culture that too often puts the responsibility on potential victims,” said Tracey Horth Krueger, CEO of ICESAHT. “We encourage everyone to StepIn, as our initiative provides all students  with concrete and proactive ways so they can play a key role in prevention.”

Six Indiana college campuses actively have participated in StepIn:  Ball State University, Butler University, DePauw University, Goshen College, Indiana University Bloomington, Purdue University and Wabash College.

“Homecoming festivities often occur at a critical time in the first semester, putting  students at a higher risk for assaults,” said Burton Patterson, director of prevention and education, ICESAHT. “That’s why we will be raising awareness at our participating campuses and across Indiana to remind everyone  to step in and send a clear message that harmful, high risk behaviors are not acceptable and will be stopped. Making the choice to do nothing simply should not be an option.”

StepIn is unique to Indiana and is funded through a grant from the Indiana State Department of Health.

In addition to StepIn, ICESAHT also developed the Speak Up Speak Out Project (SUSOP), which educates and engages male fraternity members to change rape culture and eliminate the occurrence of sexual assault. SUSOP is a semester long program, and ultimately results in men who become activists in their fraternities and campuses. In 2017, ICESAHT partnered with four chapters of Beta Theta Pi at Butler University, DePauw University, Indiana University Bloomington, and Wabash College.

To connect directly with StepIn, email info@indianacesa.org.

About ICESAHT

ICESAHT empowers Indiana communities to prevent sexual assault and human trafficking and serve those impacted through comprehensive training, advocacy, public awareness and coordinated sexual assault services.

 

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ICESAHT Honors Professionals for their Outstanding Service. https://indianacesa.org/icesa-honors-professionals-for-their-outstanding-service/ Thu, 09 May 2019 14:05:56 +0000 https://indianacesa.org/?p=4357 The post ICESAHT Honors Professionals for their Outstanding Service. appeared first on Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault & Human Trafficking.

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Survivor Stories https://indianacesa.org/survivor-stores/ Tue, 12 Feb 2019 01:03:20 +0000 https://indianacesa.org/?p=3993 “There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single issue lives. “ ~Audre Lorde February is Black History Month, and as such, we felt it would be a great time to talk about one of the key findings in the Sexual Assault Demonstration Initiative: the intersection of oppression and […]

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“There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single issue lives. “ ~Audre Lorde

February is Black History Month, and as such, we felt it would be a great time to talk about one of the key findings in the Sexual Assault Demonstration Initiative: the intersection of oppression and sexual violence. Oppression is at the root of sexual violence, and survivors are affected by many forms of oppression including racism, sexism, classism, ableism, and heterosexism. To better understand this connection, we’d like to share with you a story at the intersection of racism and sexual violence in our nation’s history.

Sally Hemings’ was born into slavery the daughter of an enslaved woman and a white slave-trader. Like her mother before her, and countless other enslaved women, Sally Hemings gave birth to multiple children fathered by her enslaver. Children born to enslaved women, regardless of their paternity, were born and treated as slaves. At the age of 14, Hemings was brought to Paris as a chambermaid to Thomas Jefferson’s daughter and soon after was forced, coerced, and exploited into a sexual relationship with Jefferson. Two years later when Jefferson was ready to return to Virginia, a pregnant Hemings initially refused to leave France where slavery had been abolished. After negotiating for her future children’s freedom, Hemings agreed to return to life in slavery in Virginia.  As a slave, Hemings did not have the privilege of self-determination, and had no legal right to refuse Jefferson’s sexual advances. Due to the power imbalance between an enslaved woman and her slaver, as well as the fact that white men at the time faced no legal ramifications for the rape of a black woman, a consensual sexual relationship would have been impossible; to refuse could be dangerous, even fatal, for an enslaved woman. Her story is like many other enslaved women of her time; however, her resiliency empowered her to negotiate for liberation of her children upon their 21st birthday. Hemings’ story was unacknowledged and discredited for many years due to systemic racism and sexism still in place today until Harvard professor and historian Annette Gordon-Reed’s work persuaded the Thomas Jefferson Foundation to conduct DNA testing which concluded a “high probability” of his relationship to Hemings’ children

As we celebrate Black History Month this February, let us remember survivors like Hemings whose stories were forgotten, untold, and hidden. Let their resilience and tenacity in the face of oppression be a reminder for all of us to step up for survivors in our own communities, to support, believe, and empower them to lead self-determined lives. To learn more about Sally Hemings, you can find Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy and The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family by Annette Gordon-Reed at a bookstore near you. Additionally, ICESAHT is building a resource library and drafting statewide service standards to connect you with education and resources you will need to provide more inclusive and accessible services to all survivors. Please email haleigh@indianacesa.org to request information.

Don’t forget to register for ICESAHT’s training HONORING, BUILDING, AND SUSTAINING BLACK RESILIENCE: STRUCTURAL VIOLENCE, SEXUAL VIOLENCE, AND THE BLACK COMMUNITY IN INDIANA to be held Wednesday February 13th at Butler University!

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Alpha Psi Chapter of Beta Theta Pi selects Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault & Human Trafficking as their Local Philanthropy https://indianacesa.org/alpha-psi-chapter-of-beta-theta-pi-selects-indiana-coalition-to-end-sexual-assault-as-their-local-philanthropy/ Tue, 06 Nov 2018 01:53:57 +0000 https://indianacesa.org/?p=3761 Indianapolis, IN – The Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault & Human Trafficking (ICESAHT) is honored to be selected as the local philanthropy for the Alpha Psi chapter of Beta Theta Pi at Butler University. This decision follows a year and a half involvement with the Alpha Psi chapter and ICESAHT’s Rape Prevention Education Coordinator, […]

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Indianapolis, IN – The Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault & Human Trafficking (ICESAHT) is honored to be selected as the local philanthropy for the Alpha Psi chapter of Beta Theta Pi at Butler University. This decision follows a year and a half involvement with the Alpha Psi chapter and ICESAHT’s Rape Prevention Education Coordinator, Burton Patterson.

“I am absolutely thrilled and honored that they chose us as their philanthropy,” said Burton. “They have been so engaged and dedicated to ending sexual assault and shifting rape culture, really from day one of their chapter re-colonizing.”

Throughout his involvement with the chapter, Patterson provided multiple trainings surrounding healthy masculinity, what is rape culture and how to end it, bystander intervention, and becoming ally’s in the movement to end sexual assault.

By selecting ICESAHT as their local philanthropy, the Alpha Psi chapter has demonstrated a strong commitment to creating a positive change in their community and aiding the fight to end sexual violence and human trafficking in Indiana.

The Alpha Psi chapter will hold multiple education, awareness and fundraising events on Butler University campus throughout the year to engage students in ICESAHT’s mission.

The Alpha Psi chapter will hold their first philanthropy week benefiting ICESAHT from Monday, November 5 through Thursday, November 8. The events will be hosted outside of the campus Starbucks by the gazebo.

For questions and more information on the events, please visit the Facebook group “Big Beta Brand.” If you are unable to attend but would still like to donate to Indiana Coalition to Sexual Assault, please visit www.makethenumberzero.org

ICESAHT is pleased to have the Alpha Psi chapter as an ally and partner in the movement to end sexual assault.

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