Prevention, Education, and Awareness Initiatives
The information below lists a summary of events, activites and initiatives we sponsored, supported, or led from spring 2020 through spring 2021. Looking forward to seeing what the campus does to help prevent, educate, and raise awareness fall 2021 and beyond! New and fall programs will be listed here as they occur.
The Title IX Office requested feedback from the Lake Forest College community! Faculty and students were encouraged to share important feedback based on their engagement with the Title IX Office (through inquiry or consultation, resources or interim measures, or full engagement in the campus process as a complainant, respondent, witness, or support person).
Thank you to the Lake Forest College Community for sharing your feedback with the Title IX Office this spring. This valuable information will help inform the ongoing efforts, initiate additional process improvement, and provide services that is fair and equitable for all. Looking forward to sharing some of the Title IX Office updates this fall. Have a great summer!
We hosted a Consent and Healthy Relationships Workshop on April 6, 2021. Access to the Zoom link was available via my.involvement or your LFC email.
The Title IX Office hosted the first installment of Title IX's 'Know Your Rights' on April 20, 2021, from 5:30-6:30PM. This event allowed a live question and answer session with Title IX Coordinator LaShun McGhee. Access to the Zoom link was available via my.involvement or your LFC email. Participants were asked to submit questions to TitleIX@lakeforest.com beforehand or ask questions live.
April 18-23 was National Crime Victims' Rights Week. Read President Biden's proclamation here and watch the Department of Justice's informational video for more information. April 19, 2021 was Crime Victims' Right: Victim compensation. On April 20, 2021 the Title IX office presented 'Know Your Rights at Lake Forest College.' On April 21, 2021 the Title IX Office highlighted the Illinois Crime Victims' Bill of Rights. April 22, 2021 featured the Illinois' Safe Homes Act. On April 23, 2021 the Title IX Office emphasized 18 U.S.C. § 3771 — the Crime Victims' Rights Act passed on the federal level.
On April 28, 2021, the student organization It's On Us is sponsored Denim Day. In 1999 the Italian High Court overturned a rape conviction because the victim was wearing tight jeans at the time of the assault. The justices stated that the victim must have helped her attacker remove her jeans, from which they inferred consent. People all around the world were outraged. Wearing jeans on this anniversary became an international symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual violence.
Thursday, April 29, 2021, was the last time to join It's On Us, Title IX, and the Coalition in using either of the two virtual SAAM Zoom backgrounds. Every Thursday, students, and faculty were invited to use the below virtual images to show their support for survivors. To set this as your virtual background open the Zoom app on your device, enter settings, click 'Backgrounds & Filters,' select 'Virtual Background', and upload either of the below images.
Below are some of the programs the campus has sponsored, supported, or participated in.
National Denim Day April 29, 2020
Denim Day is a Peace Over Violence Program: Their mission is to: Build healthy relationships, families and communities free from sexual, domestic and interpersonal violence.
Denim Day History Synopsis
In 1999 the Italian High Court overturned a rape conviction because the victim was wearing tight jeans at the time of the assault. The justices stated that the victim must have helped her attacker remove her jeans, from which they inferred consent. People all around the world were outraged. Wearing jeans on this anniversary became an international symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual violence.
The Office of Title IX, the Coalition Against Sexual Misconduct (CASM), and the Gates Center invite you to participate and we are hoping to engage students, staff, faculty and the community in raising awareness about this important social problem.
Be as creative as you would like. Get your whole class involved, family, or participate individually.
- Wear any denim item April 29
- Take a photo alone or with others displaying your support
- Share the photo on Social Media #ForestersForever or #DenimDayLakeForestCollege
- Add Denim Day image as Zoom background
Crime Victims’ Rights Week April 19-25,2020. To raise awareness of victims’ rights, the Title IX Office highlighted a few topics during the week of April 20-24 along with the national crime victims’ rights program.
Every year, millions of Americans are affected by crime. Many will need ongoing care and resources. April 19–25 is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, a time to celebrate the progress achieved, raise awareness of victims’ rights and services, and stand with our families, neighbors, friends, and colleagues whose lives have been forever changed.
Visit the Title IX main web page for additional sexual assault information.
Title IX Coordinator
Notable changes and rights on sexual assault, click here for more.
1978-The National Coalition Against Sexual Assault is formed to combat sexual violence and promoted services for rape victims.
1992-Congress reauthorizes the Higher Education Bill, which includes the Campus Sexual Assault Victims’ Bill of Rights.
2009-President Obama issues the first White House Proclamation of National Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
2012-Title IX shifts, as the Department of Education and OCR clarifies the responsibility and expansion of Title IX beyond sexual harassment for K-12 and college campuses.
2014-President Obama issues a Presidential Memorandum to establish the “White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault.
2017-Trump Administration, Department of Education introduces interim guidance and proposed Title IX regulations aiming to increase the civil right protections from guidance to law.
- The TVPA defines a “severe form of trafficking in persons” as—
Sex trafficking (the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, obtaining, patronizing, or soliciting of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act) in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age; or
The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt, bondage, or slavery.
- The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has been enforcing criminal laws against involuntary servitude and slavery for a long time. They enacted the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) in 2000, which brought new benefits, services, and criminal penalties to address human trafficking in a more comprehensive and effective way.
Domestic violence is violence or the threat of violence (including but not limited to sexual or physical abuse) committed by a current or former spouse or domestic partner of the individual, by someone with whom the individual shares a child in common, or by someone who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the individual as a spouse or intimate partner.
Highlights of Rights Enactment Dates:
- 1995-The U.S. Department of Justice creates the Violence Against Women Office to provide federal leadership in developing the national capacity to reduce violence against women and administer justice for and strengthen services to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
1996-The National Domestic Violence Hotline is established by Congress to provide crisis intervention, information, and referrals to victims of domestic violence and their friends and family.
- 2013-Congress passes and President Obama signs the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA 2013). The measure expands protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender survivors, Native American and Native Alaskan survivors, and teens and young adults.
- 2015-OVC, in partnership with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, releases the Supporting Male Survivors of Violence Demonstration Initiative, designed to enhance and support trauma-informed systems of care for male crime victims and, in particular, boys and young men of color.
- 2016-On June 14, 2016, the White House convenes the first United State of Women summit to examine issues of gender equality, including violence against women.
Until the great mass of the people shall be filled with the sense of responsibility for each other’s welfare, social justice can never be attained.
–Helen Keller (1880–1968)
Sexual Exploitation-Sexual exploitation is the taking advantage of a non-consenting person or situation for personal benefit or gratification or for the benefit of anyone other than the alleged victim; and the behavior does not constitute rape, sexual touching or sexual harassment. Sexual exploitation includes, but is not limited to:
- Photographing or making audio or video recordings of sexual activity without consent;
- Dissemination of images or recordings without consent of the participant(s);
- Allowing others to observe sexual activity without the knowledge or consent of the partner;
- Voyeurism (peeping tom);
- nowingly transmitting a sexually transmitted infection or HIV to another student;
- Prostituting another person;
- Giving alcohol or other drugs to another student with the intention of rending him or her incapable of giving consent
Justice is the constant and perpetual will to allot to every man his due.
–Domitius Ulpianus (170–223).
IT’S NOT YOUR FAULT
Stalking-Stalking is prohibited. It is willful, malicious and repeated following of a person or harassing behaviors against another person, putting the person in reasonable fear for his or her personal safety, or the safety of his or her family. This includes use of notes, mail, gifts, communication technology (e.g. voicemail, text messages, internet and social networking sites—using any electronic or telecommunication is also known as cyber-stalking) to harass or convey a threat. This offense may also be treated as a type of sexual misconduct in certain situations.
- 4.2% of students have experienced stalking since entering college.
If you are in an emergency situation, dial 911 for local, non-college law enforcement and medical assistance. You may also dial the College’s Public Safety Department at 847.735.5555 (on-campus at 5555) to connect you to the local police.