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February 8, 2002

New Web Site to Assist Victims of Sexual Violence

The Five College Sexual Assault Prevention and Intervention Committee (SAPIC) has launched a new Web site and poster campaign with the aim of providing answers to the questions most frequently asked by those who may have experienced sexual violence, along with information about where to get help. The bright orange posters have begun appearing in dorms and in lavatories, on all the campuses. Each poster has a tear-off that includes the URL, www.fivecolleges.edu/sapic/.

Commenting on the new Web site and poster campaign, SAPIC member Gretchen Krull of Amherst College said: "Our goal is to get critical information out there to all our students and to make it as accessible and as confidential as it needs to be."

Krull, who is assistant director of health education and a sexual assault counselor in the Office of the Dean of Students at Amherst, said that she and her colleagues have been working since last spring to map out the campaign. The decision to establish a Web site, she explained, was driven by a suggestion from students themselves that "getting information can sometimes be a problem because it means having to think about how to get it without divulging something before you’re prepared to do so." The job of the posters is to get word out about the Web site, she added.

Notices about the new site are also being posted on sites that students commonly consult, including the "Daily Jolt" as well as the Web sites for Five Colleges and for each of the schools.

Others serving on the SAPIC committee are Denise McGoldrick, Ali Wicks, Amherst College; Karen Pauly, Hampshire College; Karen Jacobus and Barbara Arrighi, Mount Holyoke; Connie Peterson, Smith College; and Amanda Collings, UMass, Amherst.

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