​Recognize Equality = End Gender-Based Violence

a fist under the title "Defend Equality"

Take a stand against gender-based violence.

If you have paid attention to the news recently, you may have see that high-profile Ivy-league schools, including UConnYaleHarvardDartmouth and Berkeley​, are currently under fire for mishandling sexual assault and gender violence cases. It is very upsetting to read so many articles about how universities are failing to addressing this epidemic of gender-based violence, (which includes sexual assault and rape) by allowing perpetrators to stay on campus, blaming victims and not believing victims.

Luckily, Winona State University has chosen to become proactive about addressing this critical issue and has been approved for a $293,859 grant to address gender-based violence on our campus. The initiative has been named the Recognizing Equality Initiative and aims to raise awareness and put an end to gender-based violence. The goals of this coordinated community response include:

  1. Fostering a safer campus community
  2. Enforcing accountability for perpetrators of violence
  3. Assisting a full recovery for survivors of violence
  4. Offering comprehensive educational opportunities for students, faculty and staff, focused on prevention, bystander intervention, access to campus and community resources and victim’s rights

If you are interested in finding out more about the grant and Recognizing Equality Initiative’s goals, come to the kickoff event on April 24 at  6:30-8pm in the Student Activities Center. All are invited and encouraged to attend. ​The Recognizing Equality Initiative Kickoff Event will be held just two days after Take Back the Night, an annual speak-out where victims and survivors have an opportunity to tell their stories of enduring gender based violence meant to aid in the process of healing and breaking the silence of violence.

The Recognizing Equality Initiative and Take Back the Night are two ways Winona State addresses the fact that gender-based violence unfortunately occurs on its own campus too. The programs funded by this grant will help ensure Winona is a safer place where perpetrators are held accountable and victims are properly taken care of swiftly and compassionately.

For more information on this event or the grant, contact Tamara Berg at tberg@winona.edu

–Courtney McCaw

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