What You Can Do

FHSI Consortium Members understand that their chapter members are responsible for their actions as an individual and as a brother. Chapter members must understand their own sexuality and be aware of social pressures. Remember that prior permission for sexual activity with a partner does not automatically apply to the current situation.

If individuals notice a situation that requires immediate intervention, as most sexual misconduct situations will, then you need to assess the situation for your safety. Also, think about whether there’s another individual(s) who can assist you with addressing the situation, or shutting down the event. Most importantly, think through your plan of action before you start to act.

Chapter leaders in the FHSI Consortium Member Fraternities and Sororities recognize that they should not participate in or allow sexist behavior to occur within their chapter, or on their campus. Verbal harassment of women/men, snide comments and stares can negatively impact a woman’s or man’s sense of well being. The FHSI Consortium Member's chapter leaders reject sexual stereotypes that define women as passive, weak and irrational, and men as aggressive, macho and dominating. The FHSI recommends avoiding excessive use of alcohol and other drugs that will impair judgment and interfere with effective communication. Sexual misconduct is an extremely serious crime. Sexual intimacy is a free exchange between free people. Intimidation, coercion and force have no place in love-making.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS SEXUALLY ASSAULTED -OR- EXPERIENCES RELATIONSHIP VIOLENCE Safety First:  Be sure to get to a safe place and call the police (911). Take Care: Seek medical attention, if needed. It is imperative to be treated for injuries, tested for STIs and keep your clothing preserved. Tell Someone: Enlist the support of trusted friends/family. Get Support: Contact your college/university and/or community sexual assault survivor services department(s). Remember most faculty/staff are required reporters; counselors are not. Report It: Determine if you want to report the situation to police and/or the college/university conduct office. Know Your Rights: Be sure to check your university website to access your specific rights and protections. Resist Self-Blame: Know that what happened is not your fault.What can your chapter do as a group to prevent sexual abuse?

• Review chapter “traditions” and eliminate sexist, degrading practices that signal to brothers that it is acceptable to demean or disrespect others. Party themes and t-shirts are two primary areas of concern for men’s and women’s groups.

• Host educational programs for your chapter. Hold a program on Sexual assault, abuse, harassment.  April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

• Address problems of substance abuse as these lead to other problems.

• Invite a counselor to conduct a program on male-female relationships and assertiveness communication and invite another fraternity or sorority to join your chapter in the discussion.

• Take a leadership role in the fraternity/sorority life community to condemn sexual harassment and abuse and promote a safe environment for everyone.

 

In order to ensure students are functioning with accurate information, they are encouraged to review the Code of Student Conduct for their Campus, as well as search “Title IX” on their college/university website for the most up-to-date information.

 

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