SGA creates assault policy cards
The ad-hoc committee of the Student Government Association (SGA) is working on developing a gender and sexual diversity program. One of their initiatives is to distribute a wallet card about sexual assault to all students. The cards will provide contact numbers and advice for students who have experienced sexual assault.
Grey Benjamin ’14 suggested the idea at the recent community forum on sexual assault. Ideally, each student at the College would receive an updated card at the beginning of each school year. “We thought that the card was a great idea and thought that putting a wallet card together would be helpful for students,” SGA Co-President Justin Rouse ’12 said.
According to Rouse, “The cards will be distributed shortly, as soon as the ad-hoc committee is able to go over them and have them made….Where we stand now is that the group that is working on the gender and sexuality program is developing the card as part of a larger campaign.” Currently, there are notices in the stalls in women’s bathrooms with a list of phone numbers students can contact if they believe they have experienced sexual assault. The list is made up of resources both on campus and off campus. The hope of the new initiative is that students will take advantage of these resources more often if they have easier access to the information.
“Our hope is that the cards will be a useful tool for students who are interested in being more informed and will also be a tool in the right direction toward improving the hook-up culture at Colby,” Rouse said.