West Virginia University is part of the national It’s On Us campaign, which urges people to NOT be a bystander, and instead to be part of the solution when it comes to preventing and reporting sexual assault.
It’s On Us has four main premises:
- To recognize that non-consensual sex is sexual assault
- To identify situations in which sexual assault may occur
- To intervene in situations where consent has not or cannot be given
- To create
an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported
At WVU, there are a number of opportunities for support, including the WVU Police, WELLWVU, the Faculty Staff Assistance Program (FSAP), and the WVU Research Center on Violence.
The WVU Police Department strives to maintain and promote a campus environment conducive to academic pursuits. Their ultimate goal is to reduce crime, fear and improve the quality of life for everyone who works at, studies at or visits our university.
The WVU Police’s PROTECT Program helps female students and female community members learn how to properly defend themselves in cases of danger. You can schedule a class here.
Sexual Assault Prevention – What to do if you’ve been raped or sexually assaulted, including:
- Steps to take if you’ve been assaulted
- Warning signs of campus rape
- Dater’s Bill of Rights
- Date Rape Informational Brochure
- Personal safety tips
The WVU Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) is a free services offered to WVU employees and their dependents. It is a confidential resource with professional staff and a safe place to sort through problems and determine the best resources available to address them.
Each employee or dependent may schedule up to three free visits with an FSAP counselor per year. If you need more than that, they will help you find an outside provider.
Your privacy is one of the most critical concerns of FSAP. All services are strictly confidential, unless otherwise required by law. Using FSAP in no way jeopardizes your job security.
Home to the WVU Students’ Center of Health, WELLWVU’s mission is to foster the complete well being of students through health care, education, promotion and related services. This includes a wealth of knowledge regarding sexual assault, including:
- Dealing with sexual trauma
- Rape myths and facts
- How you can help a survivor
- Beginning the healing process
- Tips for preventing sexual assault
They also have an expert sexual assault counselor, Deb Beazley, who is available to respond to any sexual assault questions or comments. Don’t be afraid to ask anything!
This is a relatively new center with an aim of suggesting progressive policies to reduce rates of violence in West Virginia and beyond. Their goals are to conduct research and publish scholarly work to assist policymakers in their efforts to prevent and control a broad range of violent behaviors.
While this center does not solely deal with sexual and domestic violence, they offer a number of educational webinars relating to sexual harassment, sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking and more.