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"While we are not responsible for the harassment, we are responsible for our response to it."

Brett Solokow, President
National Council Higher Education Risk Management


Violence impacts us all in society, directly and indirectly; physically, sexually, mentally, emotionally, and financially.  This website focuses on sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, and stalking, three forms of violence that occurs with unfortunate frequency on all college campuses.  It impairs or destroys our sense of safety, trust, community and well-being.  Read more about how we can work together to end violence at University of California, empowerU campaign: http://ucempoweru.berkeley.edu/

In order to keep our campus community safe it is necessary to address the harsh reality of stalking, dating and domestic violence and sexual assault. All of us can take a stand to prevent violence by confronting violent beliefs and attitudes before the violent actions occur. 


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Alarming Statistics:

  • Undergraduate college women are more likely to be raped than women of the same age not enrolled in college, according to the study. In addition, college students are most at risk for sexual abuse and rape during the first six weeks of school because they are adjusting to a new environment and are more vulnerable.  Only ~5 percent of women report their rape to the police, and even fewer men come forward.  But two-thirds of victims do tell someone about the incident, whether that person is a friend, counselor or someone else.
    (U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, No. 17, http://cops.usdoj.gov/pdf/e03021472.pdf)
  • Approximately 2.3 million people each year in the United States are raped and/or physically assaulted by a current or former spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend. Women who were physically assaulted by an intimate partner averaged 6.9 physical assaults per year by the same partner.
    (National Institute of Justice and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Extent, Nature, and Consequences of Intimate Partner Violence: Findings from the National Violence Against Women Survey." July 2000)

  • 1 in 6 women and 1 in 33 men have experienced an attempted or completed rape.
    (U.S. Department of Justice, Prevalence, Incidence, and Consequences of Violence Against Women: Findings from the National Violence Against Women Survey (1998)

Campus Resources

  • Center for Student Conduct
    http://studentconduct.berkeley.edu
    The conduct process is used to determine if a student or student organization engaged in behavior that violates the Code of Student Conduct.  Students, faculty, staff and community members can report an incident with the Center for Student Conduct.
  • Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination (OPHD)
    http://ophd.berkeley.edu
    The Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination (OPHD) is responsible for ensuring the University provides an environment for faculty, staff and students that is free from discrimination and harassment on the basis of categories including race, color national origin, gender, age and sexual orientation/identity.
  • Gender Equity Resource Center 
    http://geneq.berkeley.edu
    Committed to fostering a safe, equitable and inclusive experience for all. GenEq is the campus location where students, faculty, staff and alumni connect for resources, services, education and leadership programs related to gender and sexuality. 
  • Sexual and Dating Violence
    http://geneq.berkeley.edu/sexual_and_dating_violence
    Provides a number of resources and guides dedicated to issues surrounding Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Rape, Stalking, and Dating/Domestic Violence including reporting resources.
  • University Police - For emergencies please dial 911
    http://police.berkeley.edu
    UCPD has primary law enforcement jurisdiction on the campus of the University of California and associated University properties. The department is empowered as a full- service state law enforcement agency.
  • University Health Services, Tang Center
    http://www.uhs.berkeley.edu/
    University Health Services (UHS) provides comprehensive medical, mental health and health promotion services to all Cal students.

  • University Health Services, Social Services
    http://www.uhs.berkeley.edu/students/counseling/socialservices.shtml
    Social Services provides confidential services and counseling to help students with managing problems that can emerge from illness such as financial, academic, legal, family concerns, and more.
  • Ombuds Office
    http://sa.berkeley.edu/ombuds
    The Ombuds Office for Students and Postdoctoral Appointees provides an informal dispute resolution process in which the Ombudsperson advocates for fairness, justice, respect for differences, and reasonable solutions to student and postdoctoral issues and concerns.  You may contact the Ombuds Office at any time during a conflict if you want assistance sorting through the situation. The Ombudsperson will listen, help you come up with next steps, and discuss other resources that might be helpful.

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