In light of recent activity in the blogosphere, I believe it is important to state unequivocally that here at the Susan B. Anthony Institute we recognize rape for the heinous crime that it is. Hypothetical questions as to the legality of rape—any type of rape—show a basic lack of respect for human dignity, as well as a misunderstanding of the seriousness of the damage that rape entails, not only to the one who experiences sexual assault, but also to the one who perpetrates an assault.
Because the purpose of the University is to educate, we suggest the following resources for learning more about rape and its consequences:
Students interested in changing the climate that facilitates rape are encouraged to investigate SAFER (Students Active for Ending Rape)
Those who have experienced sexual assault have the following resources at their disposal through the University and the community. For many of these, there is no time limit after the event for utilization of their resources:
Campus services, including University Security (585.275.3333, available 24/7), University Health Services, the University Counseling Center, and the Center for Conflict Management.
Rape Crisis Service (585.546.2777, available 24/7) http://www.plannedparenthood.org/rochester-syracuse/rape-crisis-service-22607.htm
Gay Alliance of Genesee Valley
Rochester Police Department Victim Assistance
RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network)
If you are interested in arranging an internship with any of the organizations mentioned above, or any organization that promotes women’s health and safety, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope that everyone across the University and in the greater community will use recent events as an opportunity to grow in knowledge and help us shape a culture of mutual respect and shared values.
Director, Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies