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Cal Poly Safer hosts Stalking Action Month with “Love, Boundaries” campaign
In honor of January’s National Stalking Awareness Month, Cal Poly’s Safer is hosting “Love, Boundaries” — a month-long campaign dedicated to stalking prevention and boundary setting. The campaign is hosting a variety of events for students surrounding survivor support, education and awareness. “Ultimately, stalking behaviors are repeated violations of boundaries — and we all deserve […]
Cal Poly students are showing solidarity with sexual assault survivors through these events held today
Editor’s Note: This article contains references to sexual assault and violence. Cal Poly campus organizations are hosting events Wednesday, offering a space for students to show solidarity with sexual assault survivors. These events come after two on-campus sexual assaults that students have been notified of in the past month. A Cal Poly Standing with Survivors […]
Safer hosts dating violence action month during October
Throughout the month of October, Safer has been hosting “Dating Violence Action Month 2021: Our Vibrance Breaks the Silence.” The action month itinerary includes a variety of booths on campus, Instagram Lives with campus partners and events for the Cal Poly community. Safer is Cal Poly’s resource for addressing sexual assault, intimate partner violence, domestic […]
In the Red Zone: Cal Poly students and staff speak out about sexual misconduct on campus
On Oct. 5, a campus-wide email informed students that a rape had occurred in Cal Poly’s architecture graveyard. This crime occurred in the midst of the “red zone,” a time period of increased activity of sexual assault and violence during the first months of college. Yearly trends indicated that more than 50% of campus sexual […]
Sexual assault crimes soared in 2019. Some say Cal Poly Police aren’t equipped to respond.
Content warning: This article discusses multiple forms of trauma, including gender and power-based violence. Survivors of such violence can access virtual confidential services through Cal Poly Safer’s website. The name of the sexual assault survivor in this story has been changed in order to protect her full identity. “Why were you alone with him?” the […]
Two of three Safer student advocate positions are vacant
Safer hired one full-time advocate for students that have experienced gender and power based violence on May 11. The university promised to hire two additional advocates in the fall of 2019, but still have not hired them, and hiring is currently on hold due to a university wide hiring freeze. Safer is a confidential […]
Teal face masks for Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Cal Poly Safer teamed up with the local non-profit RISE to create free teal face masks for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The initiative aimed to give local residents access to face masks while also spreading awareness about sexual assault during the month of April. The color teal was chosen because, like denim, it has become […]
Cal Poly will launch a survey about sexual violence Feb. 19
According to the Safer’s website, the survey, offered Feb. 19 – March 18, will contain questions on personal experiences and opinions regarding sexual assault, as well as awareness about current policies on campus.
One student’s story raises awareness about stalking in San Luis Obispo
Journalism senior Christina Arthur was walking from her apartment on Jan. 9 when a man started following and then chased her.
One year after Safer’s move, more students are returning for services
Safer advocates say that the number of students who return to use their services more than once is up from previous years.