Undercover Colors is a new line of nail polish that can detect common date rape drugs such as Rohypnol (roofies) and ecstasy in drinks. If you’re wearing the polish, you can simply dip your finger in your drink and stir. If the polish changes color, that means there are drugs present in your drink. That means women have a discreet way to keep themselves safe—and get help fast if they discover someone has tampered with their cocktail.
Undercover Colors was invented by four N.C. State University engineering students. Their goal is to “invent technologies that empower people to protect themselves from this heinous and quietly pervasive crime.” Money is still being raised to release the prototype to the general public.
“Through this nail polish and similar technologies, we hope to make potential perpetrators afraid to spike a drink because there’s now a risk that they can get caught,” the founders explained on the Undercover Colors Facebook page. “In effect, we want to shift the fear from the victims to the perpetrators. We are Undercover Colors.”
— information courtesy of simplemost.com
September is National Campus Safety Awareness Month
The Clery Center for Security on Campus has several webinars which have been made public to provide information on campus safety.
From the Top Down to the Bottom Up: Making Campus Safety an Institution- Wide Priority
September 13, 2016, 1:00 – 2:00 PM EDT
Sponsored by: Everfi
This webinar provides insights and strategies around evaluating the prioritization and impact of prevention. Presenters will share campus examples and data-driven approaches for garnering the buy-in and resources need to keep students safe and successful.
Reduce High-Risk Drinking On Your Campus
September 22, 2016, 2:00 – 3:30 PM EDT
In partnership with: VTV Family Outreach Foundation
This webinar will share insight regarding evidence information practices to reduce high-risk drinking and associated negative consequences.
The Clery Act & Title IX: Practical Considerations for Coordination and Integration
September 29, 2016, 1:00 – 2:00 PM EDT
Sponsored by: Pepper Hamilton
This webinar will provide practical considerations for coordination between and integration of the Clery Act and Title IX, including:
- Key similarities and differences between Title IX and the Clery Act
- Communication between individuals and departments
- Strategies for coordination of response
Training and education considerations
For additional information please visit the Clery Center website
Posted in Campus Sexual Assaults
Tagged Awareness, campus safety, Clery, Its On Us, Palm Beach CAN, Palm Beach County, rape, sexual assault, Start By Believing, survivor, victim, Victim Services
This video was shared with CAN from the Green Dot Campaign. They stated “This is excellent marketing for Live the Green Dot…our kids need protection at every University…one Green Dot at a time…and it all starts with the Acceptance Letters! They need to be informed “before” they get to college so they can truly experience the good things college has to offer them…and not always worry about what lurks not only in the shadows…but in the light. As they said, “it’ll be someone you know!” Go to https://www.livethegreendot.com/ for more information!”
Posted in Campus Sexual Assaults
Tagged Awareness, campus safety, Green Dot, Its On Us, No More, Palm Beach CAN, Palm Beach County, rape, sexual assault, Start By Believing, victim, Victim Services
Campus Safety a priority for Palm Beach County
Campus Round Up 3, held on Feb. 5th, 2016 was a success with honors! This full day training was the result of the dedicated time of the SART Campus Committee, location host: Palm Beach State College and funding from the Office on Violence against Women and Palm Beach County Victim Services. Based on feedback from previous Campus Round Ups, the presenters provided an in-depth training to compare and contrast the intersection of Office of Civil Rights (OCR), Title IX, Clery Act, Violence against Women Act (VAWA), Florida Statutes and local law enforcement in serving victims of campus sexual assault.
We were privileged to have State Attorney Dave Aronberg as our opening speaker. He addressed a commitment to continue to work with the colleges and the Sexual Assault Team to deliver the best services available for victims of campus sexual assault. Presenters from the Clery Center for Security on Campus, the Florida Council on Sexual Violence, our State Attorney’s Office and our Survivor panel received outstanding evaluations having imparted new and useful training. There were 96 in attendance, representing Law Enforcement, Campus, Medical, Fire-Rescue, Counselors, and other Victim Service providers.
Comments from the training were: “Inspirational & enlightening!, Appreciate the clarification on timely warning, knowledgeable presenters, powerful survivor panel, enjoyed the interaction between the various disciplines, appreciated having the answers available by the experts”. Takeaways from the day include plans for each campus to visit their local law enforcement departments (and vice versa) to continue to develop relationships, campus staff were invited to join the Sexual Assault Response Team & participate in the on-going committees coordinated through Palm Beach County Victim Services.
L to R: Ashley Foster, survivor and Dave Aronberg, State Attorney; Abigail Boyer, Clery Center; Laura Egan, Clery Center
L to R: Jessica Kahn, Assistant State Attorney; Theresa Prichard, FCASV; Jeannie Hoban, PBSC
Posted in 2016 Events, Campus Sexual Assaults
Tagged Awareness, campus safety, February, Its On Us, No Means No, No More, Palm Beach CAN, Palm Beach County, rape, sexual assault, survivor, victim, Victim Services, We Are SART
The It’s On Us campaign released this video that shows the importance of intervention to stop sexual assaults. 20% of women will be sexually assaulted in college and that is just too many. It’s on us to do something. We can’t just ignore the problem. It affects all of us.
It’s On Us is a National Campaign started by President Obama and Vice President Biden in 2014. The campaign seeks to engage college students and all members of campus communities in preventing sexual assault in the first place.
“It’s On Us” aims to fundamentally shift the way we think about sexual assault, by inspiring everyone to see it as their responsibility to do something, big or small, to prevent it.
The campaign reflects the belief that sexual assault isn’t just an issue involving a crime committed by a perpetrator against a victim, but one in which the rest of us also have a role to play. We are committed to creating an environment – be it a dorm room, a party, a bar or club, or the greater college campus – where sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported. This effort will support student-led efforts already underway across the country, and will focus particularly on motivating college men to get involved.
They have numerous PSA’s and celebrity endorsements, tips to be part of the solution, ideas for spreading the word on campus, and a pledge you can take to show your support.
More information can be found through the It’s On Us website or The White House website.
Posted in Campus Sexual Assaults
Tagged Awareness, campus safety, Its On Us, Palm Beach CAN, Palm Beach County, rape, sexual assault, survivor, Survivor Action Team, victim, Victim Services
Don’t miss The Hunting Ground, the acclaimed feature documentary about sexual assault on American college campuses.
Tune in to CNN:
Sunday, November 22
8 pm Eastern
Find or host a screening near you
Tweet while you watch to make an even bigger impact:
- Speak up if you see something that doesn’t look right. @RAINN01’s tips on how to step in: http://ow.ly/UjrPv. #TheHuntingGround
- Need to talk? If you’re watching #TheHuntingGround and need to talk, visit rainn.org to get help now. @RAINN01
- Take action on campus with @RAINN01: Learn more about how you can get involved on your campus: http://ow.ly/UuwBF. #TheHuntingGround
Portrayals and discussion of sexual violence in the media can be difficult for some to watch. Read RAINN’s tips for consuming media as a survivor of sexual assault.
—information courtesy of thehuntinggroundfilm.com and Rainn.org
The Washington Post published a story about Campus Sexual Assaults. Of the 27 Universities surveyed, they found that an average of 23% of undergraduate female students said they were victims of sexual assault and misconduct.
A link to the full article listed below:
What a Massive Sexual Assault Survey Found at 27 Top U.S. Universities
The Hunting Ground has teamed up with Lady Gaga to produce a song called “Til It Happens To You.”
Lady Gaga created a graphic music video showing three college sexual assaults.
School is back in session, so it’s no wonder that September is National Campus Safety Awareness Month. With one in five women the victims of rape or attempted rape in college, it’s more important than ever to learn how you can stay safe on campus, and what you do to spread awareness:
Take part on September 25, recognized as the official Day of Action on campuses. Encourage students, faculty and staff to make the PACT:
- I am aware that sexual assault can happen to anyone at any time.
- I believe we can end sexual assault through education.
- I will always be sure of genuine consent before any sexual activity.
- I will take action if I see a situation that could lead to sexual assault.
- I commit to learning more and promoting the PACT.
Screen one of the free student-produced documentaries as part of the PACT5 collaborative documentary project. All the documentaries are focused on raising awareness about sexual assault on campus.
The Clery Center and Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment (PAVE) have launched a national initiative for NCSAM called Safe Campus, Strong Voices (SCSV). Use their toolkit to plan activities, set up social media and create bulletin board materials for dorm rooms.
Spread the word about NCSAM all month on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Share event information and be sure to use hashtags #NCSAM and #SCSV on relevant posts. Or you can direct followers and fans to Safe Campus, Strong Voices on Facebook and Twitter.
Together, we can all educate others on sexual assault on college campuses, and in turn help promote safe and healthy relationships.
—- Courtesy of loveisrespect.org
The Clery Center for Security on Campus also provides additional trainings and information to help maintain a safe campus: http://clerycenter.org/ncsam-2015
Learn more about the Blue-Light Phones helping to make students feel safe on campus: http://www.emergencymgmt.com/safety/Blue-Light-Phones-Campus-Security.html