Today, we’re launching a social action campaign called The OTHER Freshman 15. A twist on the infamous weight gain during freshman year, it’s a web-based action that invites students, parents, and alumni to let college presidents all over the country know that they’re concerned about the escalating number of college assaults on our campuses.
Imagine you’re a freshman decorating your college dorm room this fall. Or a proud parent saying a tearful goodbye to their child during move-in weekend. It should be one of the most exhilarating times of a student’s life. And it will be. But according to the National Institute of Justice, one in five students will experience rape or sexual assault during their years at college. We think that’s unacceptable. And we hope you do too.
FUTURES commends the National Football League (NFL) for demonstrating leadership on the issue of domestic violence, following a recent meeting with top violence prevention leader. A letter distributed by Commissioner Roger Goodell outlining tougher penalties for domestic violence-related violations, serves as a good first step in addressing the League’s longstanding history with the issue.
"We’re pleased to have the opportunity to work with the NFL to help elevate their leadership in preventing violence against women,” said FUTURES President and Founder Esta Soler. “While harsher penalties for players are necessary, it’s only step one to curbing domestic and sexual violence. Real transformation will require prevention-based solutions rooted in education and the promotion of mutual respect.”
The letter comes on the heels of a highly-publicized domestic violence incident in which Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice received a two-game suspension after a striking his then-girlfriend unconscious in a hotel elevator. In response to public and media outrage about the minimal penalty, the NFL reconsidered their policies, and convened a small group of gender-based violence experts and, advocates—including Futures Without Violence president Esta Soler, and Board member Peter Harvey, former Attorney General of New Jersey—to discuss meaningful strategies to prevent violence against women.
June 24, 2014
If one in five women were robbed at gunpoint in college, their parents, lawyers, doctors and insurance companies would storm the campus. Yet studies show that nearly one in five women in college nationwide will be victims of attempted or actual sexual assault in the course of their undergraduate careers. Fortunately, the Obama administration is requesting that colleges make public a tally of reports of dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking.
A federal law known as the Jeanne Clery Act mandates that colleges and universities must report information on crime on and around campuses, and provide victims with select rights and resources. When President Barack Obama signed a bill reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act last March, the bill included the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act. That law amends the Clery Act and gives additional rights to victims of sexual violence on campus. A final version of the regulations is expected on November 1. Learn more about the new rules.[more...]