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
youre 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.