Free PSAs for radio stations – Issue: Sexual harassment and assaults on college campuses.
Mar 7th, 2015 by

Students of Howard Community College (HCC) of Columbia, MD have produced three public service announcements concerning the difficult and serious issue of sexual harassment and assault on college campuses. HCC’s Dragon Radio is providing your institution three psa’s: a 15 second; 30 second; and a 60 second announcement. You are welcome to broadcast any or all of these psa’s with your own introduction. We trust that the work of these HCC students will do some good. We have included the text below along with the attached three audio psa’s. Thank you for taking the time.

Questions, please contact Matt Trudel, Assistant Director of Dragon Radio, Howard Community College, Columbia MD.

443-518-3078 or 443-518-3029.

(This email was sent by Jim Karantonis, student and writer of the public service announcements.) The text of the psa’s follows:

Issue: Sexual harassment and assaults on college campuses.

Fifteen Second PSA.

SHE.  (Matter-o-factually.) You’re a good kisser.

  1. Thanks.

SHE.  A pretty good kisser.

  1. Thanks again.

SHE.  Hey, I didn’t mean you could touch.

  1. But I’m even better at―

SHE.  You’re not that good a kisser.

FEMALE ANNOUNCER.  Practice kissing. You’ll get in less trouble if you stop there.

Issue: Sexual harassment and assaults on college campuses.

Thirty second PSA.

  1. You like me don’t you?

SHE.  (Drawn-out slowly.) Well . . . yeah.

  1. So we like each other, so why not.

SHE.  I like you but not to . . .

  1. But you want to, don’t you? Don’t you?

SHE.  (Frazzled.) Well, maybe.

  1. I have protection, are you worried about―

SHE.  (Confused.) No, it’s not that. I just don’t know.

ANNOUNCER.  Guys. Times have changed for everyone. “I just don’t know” isn’t a “yes”. And when it comes to sex take “maybe” as a “no.”

Issue: Sexual harassment and assaults on college campuses.

Sixty second PSA.

SHE.  What a party! (Sings) My head is spinning and spinning . . . (Continues to sing in background.)

  1. I do believe you set a record for margaritas.

SHE.  What’s your name again? Bob? Bill? (Exaggerated laugh.) I’m kidding.

  1. (Chuckles.) Yeah, I’m Brad, the nice guy that you just met.

SHE.  Hey, Hey, Brad, (Whispers.) let’s go upstairs. (With a sexy voice.) There’s an empty room up there.

  1. Whoa, that’s not a good idea.

SHE.  (A girlish whine.) Oh, but I want to. (Giggles.) Wow is my head (sings.) spinning and spinning and spinning . . .

  1. (He sing-songs.) Too many margaritas.

SHE.  Brad, (Pouting.) we don’t have to go steady. We’re just hooking-up. (Sings.) I’m spinning and spinning and spinning . . .

  1. Listen. We can make this happen another time, after we get to know each other.

ANNOUNCER.  (Voice sings in background “spinning and spinning”.)  Don’t be sorry later . . . for what you can control now.

Thank you to HCC students: Taylor Pakulla; KareneWinfield; Scott Lichtor

March 11, 2015 CCSU hosts Jackson Katz – More Than a Few Good Men
Feb 28th, 2015 by

Dear Colleagues:

We are proud to announce that CCSU will be hosting Jackson Katz on March 11, 2015 in Alumni Hall at 5:30PMJACKSON KATZ, Ph.D. is an American educator, author, filmmaker and cultural theorist who is internationally renowned for his pioneering work in gender violence prevention education and critical media literacy. Check out Jackson Katz on TED Katz’s TED Talk.



This event is organized and/or sponsored by the following campus groups and is part of the University’s Stand Up CCSU Campaign: Student Affairs, Diversity and Equity, Residence Life, Student Conduct, Student Wellness Services, Student Activities and Leadership Development, Office of Victim Advocacy and Violence, Prevention, Women’s Center, Center for Public Policy and Social Research, Veterans Affairs, Criminology Department, Psychology Department, Athletics, Administrative Affairs, Inter Residence Council (IRC), Marketing & Communications.


Should you need additional information, please contact the Stand UP CCSU Campaign Co-chairs, Sarah Dodd, Victim Advocacy and Violence Prevention Specialist (860-832-3795) or Nicholas D’Agostino, Associate in ODE (860-832-1653).  For more information on the Stand Up CCSU campaign visit


We look forward to seeing you there,



Nicholas D’Agostino


Office of Diversity and Equity

Central Connecticut State University

Davidson Hall, Room 102

1615 Stanley Street, New Britain CT 06050


More Than a Few Good Men – A Lecture on American Manhood and Violence Against Women

How can we encourage men to attend programs on sex and gender issues? How can we encourage men to move beyond defensiveness on the subject of rape and other forms of gender violence? How can we educate men about these issues without blaming them for centuries of sexism and gender oppression? In More Than a Few Good Men, Jackson Katz addresses these topics head-on. This acclaimed program inspires men and women to confront one of the most serious and persistent problems facing college students: violence against women. The subjects he covers include sexual and domestic violence, but also pornography, prostitution and stripping. Traditionally, these issues have been considered “women’s issues.” More Than a Few Good Men, by contrast, focuses on the lives and attitudes of boys and men. In a provocative presentation that interposes irreverent humor with unpleasant reality, Katz stimulates dialogue between the sexes by helping to illuminate how the problems of individual women and men are linked to larger social forces. More Than a Few Good Men is not the typical lecture about men behaving badly. With his witty, engaging, and personal speaking style, Katz:

  • Shares stories from his pioneering gender violence prevention work with U.S. Marines, professional and collegiate athletes, and college fraternities.
  • Illustrates how the sports culture, comedy, advertising, and other media depictions of men, women, sex and violence contribute to pandemic levels of gender violence.
  • Conveys a cutting edge analysis of masculinity and sexual politics.
  • Shows, with humor, how homophobia prevents many men, and women, from dealing honestly with sexism.
  • Draws connections between the campus culture of drinking and the incidence of sexual assault.

More on Jackson Katz:

In 1993 he co-founded the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program at Northeastern University’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society.  The mixed-gender, multiracial MVP program is one of the most widely implemented and influential sexual and relationship abuse prevention programs in schools, colleges, sports culture and the military in North America and beyond. MVP introduced the “bystander” approach to the gender violence prevention field; Katz is one of the key architects of this now broadly popular approach. In 1997 Katz created and directed the first worldwide gender violence prevention program in the history of the U.S. Marine Corps. He and his colleagues have been centrally involved in the development and implementation of system-wide bystander intervention training in the U.S. Air Force and Navy.  MVP has also worked with the U.S. Army on bases in the States and overseas in Iraq. Katz’s award-winning educational videos Tough Guise  and Tough Guise 2, his featured appearances in the films Wrestling With Manhood and Spin The Bottle, and his thousands of lectures in North America and overseas have brought his insights into issues of gender and violence to millions of college and high school students as well as professionals in education, human services, public health and law enforcement. His TED talk, “Violence against Women is a Men’s Issue,” has been viewed more than 2 million times. He is the author of The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help, and Leading Men: Presidential Campaigns and the Politics of Manhood. He is the founder and director of MVP Strategies, which provides gender violence prevention training to institutions in the public and private sectors. Katz speaks extensively in the U.S. and around the world on topics related to violence, media and multiracial, multinational masculinities. Katz has a BA in philosophy from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, a Masters from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a Ph.D. in cultural studies and education from UCLA.


Dept. of Ed Issues New Gender-Based Violence ‘Dear Colleague’ Letter
Mar 1st, 2013 by

The U.S. Department of Education Thursday issued a Dear Colleague letter to state school chiefs requesting immediate action to reduce gender-based violence in schools and to help ensure all students are safe. The letter and additional materials were released during a White House event on teen dating violence prevention, which was part of National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, and the Obama Administration’s efforts to raise awareness of gender-based violence.

The letter, which was from Secretary Arne Duncan, says that while strategies to improve school climate and reduce bullying are critical, they may not be adequate to reduce or respond to teen dating violencesexual assault, human trafficking and stalking. The letter urges leaders to take action to specifically address these forms of gender-based violence.

Here is the letter:

President Obama has proclaimed February 2013 National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. This proclamation is the latest in a series of efforts by the Administration to create safer communities for young women by raising public awareness of gender-based violence, educating communities about how violence affects women and youths, and encouraging new efforts to prevent and respond to violence. At the same time, we recognize that gender-based violence affects boys and girls of all ages (from every socioeconomic group, race, religion, and sexual orientation; in all regions of the country; and in schools of every type), and its consequences can be significant for victims and their communities. As educators and administrators, you play an important role in protecting your students from victimization and its long-lasting effects on health and life outcomes. I want to inform you of the Department’s recent efforts to support you and your school communities in preventing teen dating violence and other forms of gender-based violence.

Gender-based violence may include, but is not limited to, sexual assault, intimate partner or teen dating violence, and stalking. Gender-based violence may also include other behaviors that degrade and harm children and youths, such as human trafficking.

While these forms of violence can affect any member of the school community, girls typically face disproportionate rates of victimization, and that victimization can begin very early. Many types of gender-based violence occur as early as elementary school. Of those who have ever experienced rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner, about 1 in 5 women and nearly 1 in 7 men were first victimized between 11 and 17 years of age.

Gender-based violence has serious consequences for victims and their schools. Witnessing violence has been associated with decreased school attendance and academic performance. Further, teenage victims of physical dating violence are more likely than their non-abused peers to smoke, use drugs, engage in unhealthy dieting (e.g., taking diet pills or laxatives, vomiting to lose weight), engage in risky sexual behaviors, and attempt or consider suicide. Sex trafficking has devastating consequences for minors, including long-lasting physical and psychological trauma, disease (including HIV/AIDS), drug addiction, unwanted pregnancy, malnutrition, social ostracism, and even death. Although all victims of gender-based violence are affected negatively, research reveals that female victims of dating violence often experience more severe and longer-lasting consequences than do male victims.

Research shows that schools can make a difference in preventing teen violence and other forms of gender-based violence. As with most of the risk factors threatening the health and safety of our students, we should work to create safe school climates by strengthening students’ social and emotional skills, by developing educator capacity to engage students and families, and by implementing multitiered behavioral supports. However, such efforts are only the first step in preventing gender-based violence. Schools should educate their communities about prevention and identification, and develop locally tailored responses to address incidences of teen dating violence, stalking, sexual assault, and trafficking. Without a comprehensive approach that takes into account the unique challenges that these offenses present (e.g., victim reluctance to report, trauma from sexual violence), we will not be successful in reducing the number of school-aged victims, in providing effective support to traumatized youths, or in addressing the behavior and needs of perpetrators.

I urge you to take action and consider how your school community will reduce gender-based violence. Enclosed is the What Schools Can Do brief, which provides you with simple activities and resources to help you reduce gender-based violence and its consequences. Included are sample definitions of behaviors associated with gender-based violence that may be helpful to you and your community in understanding this critically important issue. Further, the Department’s National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments recently released a new teen dating violence training module – Get Smart, Get Help, Get Safe– to build the capacity of specialized instructional support personnel to develop comprehensive school policies regarding teen dating violence, and to identify and respond appropriately to signs of abuse.

I look forward to continuing our work together to promote safe and respectful schools for America’s students.

Read the letter.

This year, the US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights formally reminded schools, colleges and universities that Title IX prohibits sexual harassment and sexual violence.
Dec 31st, 2011 by

The Year in Review –

Posted: 12/30/11 03:12 PM ET


As 2011 comes to a close, it seems almost nonsensical to have to mention, let alone devote an article to, gender barriers. While women have made great strides, we still have a long way to go. Given the struggle to maintain our place as a leader in the global economy, why would anyone want to place any kind of barrier in front of women (or men) who could help our country compete in the world marketplace?

This next election will determine not only the presidency but also several critical House and Senate seats. We know that some of the biggest wins and losses of 2011 were on matters that will significantly affect our future, so it is important that we consider them as we examine the candidates, their records, and their promises. There are many issues at stake for women and their families.

A terrible decision: The U.S. Supreme Court’s sharply divided decision in Wal-Mart v. Dukes prevented the courageous women of Wal-Mart from taking on America’s largest private employer as a nationwide class-action group, leaving each employee to file her claim individually or in smaller, reformulated classes. Not only is this a tremendous, and in most cases unaffordable, financial burden on low-wage earners, but such legal fragmentation means that the same issue will come before numerous courts across the country, likely with varying results. However, despite this setback, we remain undeterred. After all, we know that the U.S. Supreme Court can be wrong — just ask fair pay icon Lilly Ledbetter.

Not just an adult problem: While sexual harassment hurts everyone, girls are disproportionately affected. Crossing the Line: Sexual Harassment at School, our groundbreaking research report, found that just 12 percent of the girls surveyed who were sexually harassed reported it. Boys who experienced sexual harassment at school were even less likely to report it — only five percent did so. This year, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights formally reminded schools, colleges and universities that Title IX prohibits sexual harassment and sexual violence. The department also reminded those institutions that they are responsible for stopping, fixing, and preventing bullying. But we still need Congress to address harassment and bullying to ensure a safe learning environment for all students. Children cannot learn if they do not feel safe.

Still earning cents to their dollars: Congress remains regrettably idle on the Paycheck Fairness Act, legislation that would, among other things, give businesses incentives to pay women fairly. Meanwhile, newspaper headlines misleadingly report that young women are out-earning their male counterparts. What they don’t tell you is how narrowly defined those studies are. I invite these writers to tell the average woman one year out of college why she already makes less than men in similar jobs with similar educational backgrounds. This is an economic issue that affects all of us, not only women but also the quality of life and buying power of their families. Congress needs to act responsibly and pass this legislation.

A surprising blow: The Obama administration stunned women’s health advocates and abortion opponents alike by blocking the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of selling over-the-counter emergency contraception. Along with the rest of the women’s rights community, AAUW expected the Obama administration to approve the sale of Plan B contraception — commonly referred to as the morning-after pill — without requiring a prescription. Let me be clear: our stance is not pro-abortion; it’s pro-choice. A woman cannot be reduced to little more than a walking uterus. This administration’s stated commitment to follow science instead of politics when making decisions was clearly not in evidence here, a disheartening development.

Challenges to family planning services: House Republicans tried to eliminate the Title X family planning program, which provides reproductive services to millions of low-income women. Despite widespread support, it appears that the program will likely come under fire next year –but AAUW will continue to defend this critical program. Republicans also banned the District of Columbia from using its own taxpayer money to fund abortions for low-income women. It concerns me that the deal was struck with President Obama’s consent. This ban was enacted in the spring budget deal and was reaffirmed again this month. AAUW opposes this ban and will keep advocating for women’s full reproductive health choices.

A victory in Mississippi: Voters in the Magnolia State defeated a ballot initiative that would have declared that life begins at fertilization, which supporters saw as a legislative foothold from which to launch a challenge to reproductive rights nationwide. The so-called “personhood” initiative was rejected by more than 55 percent of voters, falling far short of the threshold for enactment. Mississippi voters clearly demonstrated that reproductive rights are valued over extreme policies.

A step in the right direction: The Federal Bureau of Investigation will be updating its definition of rape to include both male and female victims and to include sexual assaults in which drugs or alcohol are used to incapacitate victims. The current federal definition, in place since 1929, is narrower than the one used by many local police departments. The current law’s focus on only physical violence leads to the under-counting of thousands of sexual assaults each year. Sexual violence is a pervasive social problem, and we need to integrate greater sensitivity and accuracy into reporting sex crimes.

Sparking important dialogue: Whether you love or hate the name, SlutWalks started important conversations all across the country — women to society, generation to generation, survivor to survivor. Coined in Canada, this tongue-in-cheek name underscores how labels and stereotypes mask the true harm victims experience. SlutWalk’s anti-victimization message has gained momentum in communities around the world.

Out of the driver’s seat: The two-decade-old campaign for driving rights for Saudi Arabian women continued this year without a happy resolution. It’s difficult to celebrate women’s rights when so many women around the world are excluded from full participation in society. Gaining the right to drive would be both a tribute to the tenacious women of Saudi Arabia and a beacon for women everywhere who are still demanding equal rights. A special note: our hearts go out to Middle Eastern women who have been on the front lines of the Arab Spring movement, especially now as Egyptian women are fighting for democracy with their own blood.

And the winners are: This year’s Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to three women’s rights activists — Africa’s first elected female head of state, a Liberian peace activist, and a human rights activist from Yemen.

In addition, U.S. girls swept all three age categories at the Google Science Fair, a far cry from generations past when women were not only excluded from scientific pursuits but told they could not succeed in such fields.

Can you hear us now? Women, yet again, have the power to make a difference in the 2012 election. Efforts such as AAUW’s voter education and mobilization campaign, It’s My Vote. I Will Be Heard, will engage women across the country to speak out at the polls. Our voices have been and always will be critical to the success of the United States and to the world at large. It only makes sense to organize, mobilize, and make some noise next year. We hope you’ll join us in speaking out.

That’s our list. What are your biggest moments for women this year?


Peer educators to tackle sexual consent
Sep 14th, 2011 by

Peer educators to tackle sexual consent

By David Burt

Staff Reporter Yale Daily News

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

This fall, Yale College is launching a new peer education program aimed at teaching students how to identify and prevent sexual misconduct.

The program places three trained, paid students known as communication and consent educators in each residential college, where they will work with masters and deans to develop unique programming, said Melanie Boyd, special advisor to the Yale College dean on gender issues. In addition to holding small events for residential college communities, the student educators — who completed preliminary training Sunday — will eventually present a “risk reduction” workshop to freshmen, lead “bystander intervention” sessions for sophomores and give sexual misconduct education sessions for leaders of registered student organizations.

“These are difficult issues and require frank, thoughtful conversations — the kind of discussions students are often most willing to have with other students,” Boyd said.

The college began accepting applications for the new program in July. The program developed after the Task Force on Sexual Misconduct Education and Prevention — which formed after a group of Delta Kappa Epsilon brothers sang offensive chants on Old Campus in October — released a March 2 report recommending that leaders of student organizations attend special training sessions.

The task force made its recommendations just days before 16 Yale students and alumni filed a complaint March 15 with the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights alleging that Yale violates Title IX regulations and fosters a sexual climate that is hostile toward women.

Boyd said the Office for Civil Rights investigation of that complaint has “fueled” the University’s development of better sexual misconduct prevention and education programs, but she emphasized that this process was already underway when the investigation began. She added that the creation of the new peer education program exceeds the Office for Civil Rights’s standards.

“What the communication and consent educators are doing is well above what would be required in any kind of Title IX sense,” she said.

Three educators interviewed said the Title IX investigation did not affect their decisions to apply for their new jobs.

Sania Tildon ’12, a communication and consent educator for Branford College, said she provide strategies for leading events that Branford’s dean and freshman counselors might already want to host. Boyd said she hopes the educators will develop creative methods to present information in less serious settings than the usual straightforward discussions about sexual behavior.

The communication and consent educators were initially slated to supervise only two large-scale projects: bystander intervention training for sophomores and sexual misconduct training for leaders of registered student organizations, Boyd said. They were given extra responsibility after several freshman counselors told administrators that they were uncomfortable presenting the risk reduction workshop to freshmen, she added.

“It was not ideal,” Boyd said. “They did not have time to learn the workshop.”

Developing and presenting all three programs in one year would be too much work for the student educators, Boyd said. This year’s peer educators will lead just two of these three events, Boyd said, adding that Yale College has not yet decided which of the three educational elements will have to be delayed until next year. Next year’s educators will host all three events.

Melissa Lucchesi, outreach education coordinator for nonprofit college campus security organization Security On Campus, Inc., said she expects the sessions for registered student groups to have a significant impact on campus culture. She added that universities report strong results when they implement peer education programs.

“By educating everyone across the board, it gets everyone on the same page, and it helps to create solidarity in the community about these issues,” she said.

But when the Task Force on Sexual Misconduct Education and Prevention issued its recommendations in March, 12 of 13 students interviewed said such a requirement was more necessary for some student groups than others.

Wendy Murphy, an adjunct law professor at New England Law School in Boston who has filed Title IX complaints against schools such as Harvard Law School and Princeton University, said she doubts that required educational sessions would substantially improve Yale’s culture.

“My sense of the student reaction to these things is that [they] perceive them as not only a pain in the neck but completely unconnected to this kind of problem,” she said. “The real solution is to have a meaningful, quick and effective response to reports of sexual misconduct. Once that becomes a reality, students should have an appreciation for the values Yale is trying to promote.”

Provost Peter Salovey announced in April the creation of a new University-Wide Committee, a disciplinary body intended to streamline the process of bringing forward complaints of sexual misconduct across Yale’s 13 schools.

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