Sexual Misconduct: Student Organizations
SOAR meetings are:
- A supportive, non-judgmental, safe space for survivors of any gender or sexuality.
- Open to anyone who has experienced non-consensual sexual contact. You do not need to label your experience sexual assault or rape in order to attend.
- Completely confidential; members's names are not shared with the College.
- Unstructured. You can speak as much or as little as you want, and you will never be required to share your experience.
- The College encourages you to seek professional support through CAPS in addition to attending SOAR meetings.
- SOAR is a student-run group with no mandated reporting. If you want your incident included in annual crime statistics, you must report it to the College.
- The Rape and Sexual Assault Student Assistants are trained extensively to respond to sexual assault. They are available 24 hours at 484-571-2775.
Allied Students for Consent (ASC)
ASC brings together survivors and allies of all genders and sexualities. We seek to prevent sexual violence, promote a survivor-friendly environment, and foster healthy sexual attitudes on campus through awareness, dialogue, and education.
ASC was the Consent is Sexy campaign in fall 2011. As Consent is Sexy, students organized the a postering campaign highlighting the prevalence and effects of sexual assault on campus, tabled for signatures on the “Got Consent? YES!” poster, collected signatures for an open letter to the deans, and moderated the Consent is Sexy blog and Facebook page.
In spring 2012, ASC focused postering efforts on clarifying consent and giving examples of questions and answers that might indicate consent or lack of consent. Much of the coordinated work for Rape and Sexual Assault Awareness Month went through ASC, including bringing speakers from One in Four and Women Against Abuse and hosting a series of shorts about sexual violence. In partnership with Voices for Planned Parenthood, ASC distributed condoms with the label, “Got consent? Ask before unwrapping.”
As a student organization, ASC continues to work for a campus where consent is active, enthusiastic, and freely given--and asked for every time. To get involved, contact the current club heads at firstname.lastname@example.org.