Sexual Assault Prevention Poster Contest
Finalists for each category of posters have been selected and voting is now open!
Click on the links below to view the finalists in each category. When you are ready to vote, please choose one poster in each category. Voting will close on November 20, 2015.
Winners will be announced the week of November 23, 2015.
Call for Entries
Four $250 individual prizes
Eligible to Enter:
Any currently enrolled Webster University student
Entries sought from throughout the Webster University worldwide network
Multiple entries allowed from individual students
Entries should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Entries must be submitted in electronic format by 12 noon (St. Louis CDT) on October 30, 2015.
The Title IX Coordinators in STL will select the finalists by Thursday, November 5.
Images of the finalists in each category will be posted on the Webster website from November 9-20.
Winners will be announced the week of November 23.
- Increase awareness of sexual misconduct prevention, especially consent, bystander intervention, importance of reporting, and amnesty.
- Behavioral change in how students approach consent, reporting, and bystander intervention.
Details of the Contest:
Entries sought in four categories:
Each entry must adequately address the key criteria for the appropriate category.
Format: 11” x 17” posters
Cannot contain any copyrighted material or images
Poster images must be suitable for public showing
Must include the Webster logo
All entries become the property of the University and entrants agree that the University may use their poster designs in the Sexual Misconduct Prevention Awareness campaign.
Winners will be determined via an online vote by students, faculty, and staff.
Winners will be announced through WebsterToday and The Journal and recognized at a ceremony at their home campus.
The winning entries in each category will be printed and posted at our campuses beginning in the Spring 2016 semester. The poster design may also be used for flyers and table tents, as well as online promotion.
Goal: Increase understanding of consent
Consent must be clear, coherent, willing, and ongoing.
It cannot be forced. Consent is not possible when one party is incapacitated.
Definition of Consent from Webster Policy:
Sexual activity requires consent, which is defined as positive, unambiguous, and voluntary agreement to engage in specific sexual activity throughout a sexual encounter. Consent cannot be inferred from the absence of a "no"; a clear "yes," verbal or otherwise, is necessary. Consent to some sexual acts does not constitute consent to others, nor does past consent to a given act constitute present or future consent. Consent must be ongoing throughout a sexual encounter and can be revoked at any time.
Consent cannot be obtained by threat, coercion, or force. Agreement under such circumstances does not constitute consent.
Consent cannot be obtained from someone who is asleep or otherwise mentally or physically incapacitated, whether due to alcohol, drugs, or some other condition. A person is mentally or physically incapacitated when that person lacks the ability to make or act on considered decisions to engage in sexual activity. Engaging in sexual activity with a person whom you know -- or reasonably should know -- to be incapacitated constitutes sexual misconduct and is a violation of this policy.
Guidance Regarding Sexual Consent
Consent can only be accurately gauged through direct communication about the decision to engage in sexual activity. Presumptions based upon contextual factors (such as clothing, alcohol consumption, or dancing) are unwarranted, and should not be considered as evidence for consent.
Although consent does not need to be verbal, verbal communication is the most reliable form of asking for and gauging consent. Talking with sexual partners about desires and limits may seem awkward, but serves as the basis for positive sexual experiences shaped by mutual willingness and respect.
- Motivate students to intervene as a bystander when they see someone in a risky situation.
- Provide hints on skills to use for bystander intervention.
Students are encouraged to engage in safe and positive options to prevent harm or intervene when there is a risk of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual misconduct, or stalking. Bystander intervention includes recognizing situations of potential harm, understanding institutional structures and cultural conditions that facilitate violence, overcoming barriers to intervening, identifying safe and effective intervention options, and taking action to intervene. All students are encouraged to report suspected sexual offenses, and in no case should intervene directly in a situation without assistance from the administration or authorities if doing so risks harm to the bystander or victim. Bystander intervention should be carried out only where safe and positive results are warranted. In all cases, bystanders should report any observed sexual offense.
We all have an opportunity to make a difference and reduce the incidents of sexual misconduct on our campus, by learning how to intervene when we witness a situation that makes us uncomfortable, or we know is wrong. Here is an example. You're at a party and one of your friends gets really drunk and starts to leave with someone. In this situation, your friend in not in a position to give consent, and both may regret their actions later. Now is the time to take some action to safely intervene. What can you do? Partner with someone else at the party to divert them. Engage them in conversation. Ask questions. Look out for your friend. Use creative ways to separate them and get your friend home safely. At Webster, we emphasize being a global citizen. Part of being a good citizen is stepping up and taking responsibility to help keep other members of our community safe. You can play a very important role and be an ally in the effort to end sexual assault.
Can two people meet at a party and begin a healthy relationship? Sure. It happens often. But the outcome is not likely to be good when one or both of the individuals are seriously impaired due to drugs or alcohol. Would you stop your best friend from getting into a car when they are too drunk to drive? What if your friend was approached by a con artist on the street? In both cases, chances are you’d try to intervene and talk them out of a bad situation. The same reasoning applies when intervening in a situation that could lead to a sexual assault. But to offer the right kind of help, you have to think ahead about which strategies are safe and most effective.
One technique for bystander intervention is called the 3 D’s. Distract, Delegate, and Direct (27). Once you have assessed that you can safely intervene, you can try to distract, delegate or direct. The following examples apply to a potential bad situation that could lead to a sexual assault.
Distract. This technique involves causing some form of distraction that will interrupt the flow of what is happening. Once you identify a high risk situation you can attempt to distract either of the two individuals.
- Ask one of the people to help you find a lost item.
- Interrupt to ask for directions
- Spill a drink
- Start talking to the couple and don’t leave, so isolation cannot happen.
- An easy technique you can use is to invite the targeted individual to go outside for some fresh air. Once he or she is away from the other person, check in and ask if she or he needs help.
Delegate. When a bystander doesn’t feel safe to approach the situation alone, she or he can involve others.
- Group intervention. There are power in numbers. If you don’t feel comfortable going by yourself, ask a group to go with you. Say to one’s friends, I am concerned for that person. Can you find their friends and get them to check on the situation, while I stay here and watch?
- Ask a bouncer at a bar to look into the situation.
- Ask the host to intervene. For example, I am worried for that girl, who is so drunk. Could you let that guy know that upstairs is off limits?
Direct. With the direct approach, you confront either the potential target or the person who you think is potentially about to commit a sexual assault.
- Say to the couple, we are finding her friends and they will take her home.
- Say to the targeted individual, I am not letting a stranger take you home.
- Say to the possible perpetrator, Hey, you can’t take them upstairs; it’s not a good idea.
All situations are different, so you may have to think of creative ways to intervene. But, if the situation escalates, don’t hesitate to contact public safety, someone from res life, or the police.
It is a good idea to talk with your friends about this kind of situation before it ever happens. How would your friends want you to intervene if they get in a difficult situation like this? How do you want them to intervene for you? Remember, you always have several options. You can try to do something on your own, but getting others to help may be more effective. Using diversions and other similar tactics can be useful. Just don’t forget that when it comes to protecting personal safety, you should always call in college officials or the police, rather putting yourself at risk.
- Communicate why it is important to report.
- Explain how to report.
- Encourage reporting on sexual misconduct, stalking, dating violence, domestic violence
Webster University encourages those who have experienced sexual assault or other sexual offenses to talk to somebody about what happened – so that these individuals can get the support they need, and so Webster University can respond appropriately.
Different employees on campus have different abilities to maintain a reporting party’s confidentiality. Some are required to maintain near complete confidentiality; talking to them is sometimes called a “privileged communication.”
Some employees are required to report all the details of an incident (including the identities of both the reporting party and responding party) to the Title IX Coordinator or a Deputy Title IX Coordinator. A report to these employees (called “responsible employees”) constitutes a report to the University – and generally obligates Webster University to investigate the incident and take appropriate steps to address the situation.
A person who is the reporting party of a sexual offense, or who witnesses a sexual offense, is encouraged to make a report to the Sexual Offense Advocate. Individuals are encouraged to first report any issues to the Sexual Offense Advocate as such initial reports will be kept completely confidential as the Sexual Offense Advocate is not required to report any information about an incident to the Title IX Coordinator without a reporting party’s permission. The Sexual Offense Advocate can advise reporting parties regarding their options in making a report about any sexual offense pursuant to these policies and procedures to the Title IX Coordinator.
The Sexual Offense Advocate can be reached 24 hours a day, seven days a week by mobile phone at 314-422-4651, through Public Safety at 314-246-7430 or 314-968-6900, or during office hours in the Counseling and Life Development Office at 314-968-7030. International students and U.S. citizens living abroad to U.S. Campus: Phone: international access code+314-968-7030 or international access code + 314-422-4651.
The Sexual Offense Advocate is designated by the University as the support and resource person for all students and employees who believe they have experienced sexual assault or a sexual offense. The Sexual Offense Advocate is available to assist campus community members with the following areas of concern:
- The Sexual Offense Advocate has training in crisis intervention and support techniques, and provides emotional, medical, and/or judicial support either directly or through on- or off-campus referral.
- The Sexual Offense Advocate informs the person of all rights under this policy and provides procedural information and support as needed. The Advocate also works with Public Safety Officers when necessary to advise the person regarding options available for filing civil and/or criminal charges related to the offense. Those who believe they have experienced a sexual offense may also report the offense directly to Campus Public Safety or to the appropriate Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinators as indicated above.
- The Sexual Offense Advocate may serve as the reporting party’s support person during all proceedings carried out under University auspices. The Sexual Offense Advocate, in consultation with the reporting party, may designate an alternate to act as representative in the event the Sexual Offense Advocate is unable to perform the duties due to illness or other professional conflicts. The Advocate’s role is separate from the administrative functions associated with the Hearing Board or other hearing procedures.
When any incident of sexual offense occurs on campus (or to a member of the Webster University community—even if off-campus), we strongly encourage reporting to the Sexual Offense Advocate and/or the Office of Public Safety. When contacted first, Public Safety will automatically contact the Sexual Offense Advocate.
The Sexual Offense Advocate will strongly recommend that all individuals confidentially reporting sexual offenses to the Sexual Offense Advocate file a written statement with the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator. Once reported to the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator, any necessary interim steps will be taken pursuant to Section XI of this Policy. Additionally, such reports will be handled consistent with this Policy regarding investigation, adjudication, and resolution.
Privileged and Confidential Communications
Professional, licensed counselors who provide mental-health counseling to members
of the university community are not required to report any information about an incident
to the Title IX coordinator without a reporting party’s permission.
Assistant Director of Counseling
Sexual Offense Advocate
mobile: 314-422-4651 (24 hours)
A reporting party who speaks to a professional counselor, must understand that, if the reporting party does not permit the professional or non-professional counselor to report the incident to a Title IX Coordinator, Webster University will be unable to conduct an investigation into the particular incident or pursue disciplinary action against the alleged perpetrator.
Even so, these counselors will still assist the reporting party in receiving other necessary protection and support, such as reporting party advocacy, academic support or accommodations, disability, health or mental health services, and changes to living, working or course schedules.
A reporting party who at first requests confidentiality may later decide to file a complaint with the university or report the incident to local law enforcement, and thus have the incident fully investigated. These counselors will provide the reporting party with assistance if the reporting party wishes to do so.
Sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking constitute potential criminal acts that could be grounds for criminal and/or civil action. Reporting parties of sexual offenses have the right to file a criminal complaint against the perpetrator of the sexual offense and a complaint with Webster University simultaneously.
Webster University encourages reporting parties of sexual misconduct to make a formal report to the appropriate local law enforcement authorities for the purpose of filing a criminal complaint and/or seeking and enforcing a no contact, restraining or similar Court Order and has the right to be assisted by the University in exercising this option.
The Sexual Offense Advocate can assist the reporting party in understanding options related to pressing civil and/or criminal charges as well as in the process of working with Public Safety and/or local authorities. The Webster University Office of Public Safety can be reached at 314-968-6911 (emergency) or 314-968-7430.
Title IX Coordinators:
Betsy M. Schmutz: University Title IX Coordinator
Associate Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
470 E. Lockwood Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119
Maureen Stroer: Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Student Sexual Misconduct Cases
Student Affairs Coordinator
470 E. Lockwood Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119
Ted F. Hoef: Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Student Sexual Misconduct Cases
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
470 E. Lockwood Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119
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- Don’t let fear of getting in trouble for alcohol or drug use keep you from reporting.
- Whether you’ve experienced sexual misconduct, or you know a friend who has, you won’t get in trouble for alcohol or drug use if you step forward to report sexual misconduct.
The University encourages reporting and seeks to remove any barriers to reporting by making the procedures for reporting transparent and straightforward. The University recognizes that an individual who has been drinking or using drugs at the time of the incident may be hesitant to make a report because of potential consequences for his/her/their own conduct, which may violate other University policies and codes of conduct.
An individual who reports sexual misconduct, either as a reporting party or a third party witness, will not be subject to disciplinary action by the University, for his/her/their own personal consumption of alcohol or drugs at or near the time of the incident, provided that any such violations did not and do not place the health or safety of any other person at risk. The University may, however, initiate an educational discussion or pursue other educational remedies regarding alcohol or other drugs. This amnesty policy applies to the University’s student conduct process as well as related policies applicable to students, faculty and staff.
While the University may waive disciplinary action under its policies related to use of alcohol and drugs as indicated above, it retains the responsibility to report any illegal use of these substances as required by law and will act in compliance with those laws.
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