Webinar: Involving Parents in Sexual Assault Prevention
We hosted a fantastic webinar today with University of San Francisco’s Dr. Barbara Thomas, Director of Counseling and Psychological Services and Dr. Peter Novak, Vice Provost of Student Life. Dr. Thomas and Dr. Novak shared insights around engaging parents in sexual assault prevention and alcohol/drug use risk reduction. You can view the whole webinar below.
University of San Francisco aims to engage parents in prevention work from when they first consider USF as an option for their child’s education. This includes talking about sexual assault and on campus education efforts, including Think About It, at admissions events. Dr. Novak and Dr. Thomas also encouraged schools to use their Annual Security Report as a resource at admissions events and when informing parents of the school’s programming. From their experience, common questions that parents want to know include “Is your school under investigation for Title IX violations?”, “What are your prevention programs and are they required?”, and “How many reports of sexual assault do you receive every year?”. These questions are playing a role in how students and their families make decisions about college, and so it is important to be proactive by having effective programming and transparent communication around sexual assault and alcohol/drug use on their campus.
Resources referenced during the webinar include;
- USF of San Francisco’s welcome letter to parents: https://home.campusclarity.com/resources/
- Culture of Respect: https://cultureofrespect.org/
- Futures without Violence: http://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/ and specifically this video about having conversations around sexual assault
- Washington Post Article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2015/06/16/the-best-thing-parents-can-do-to-help-prevent-sexual-assault-talk-about-it/
- Article by Elizabeth Armstrong: https://contemporaryfamilies.org/assault-on-campus-brief-report/
- Ted Talk by Jackson Katz: http://www.ted.com/talks/jackson_katz_violence_against_women_it_s_a_men_s_issue?language=en
We hope to continue the conversation about and share resources on involving parents in prevention efforts.