Sexual Assault Message from the Dean

Dear Students:

Each year, the University of Wisconsin System provides a report from all System campuses outlining its response to sexual assault. The report includes the educational, preventative and reporting measures associated with sexual assault that UW-Madison has introduced, as well as the number of sexual assaults reported by students to University staff members during the previous year. The complete UW-Madison report for 2012 can be viewed here.

Because sexual assault is a significantly under-reported crime, the numbers don’t really tell the full story. Research indicates that between 1 in 4 and 1 in 5 college women nationwide experience sexual assault while in college, and many men also experience sexual victimization. These are alarming figures, but there are steps we can take individually and as a campus community to stop sexual assault.

If you are the survivor of sexual assault, you can get help from one of the following resources:

I have also heard from many of you about concerns regarding new websites that enable anonymous communications. Sometimes these postings include concerns about victimization and even criminal admissions or accusations, including those involving sexual assault or a nonconsensual encounter. It is everyone’s right to feel safe in the community, and if you feel threatened by what you’ve seen posted in social media, we’d like to talk to you and try to provide resources. If you feel targeted, we want to help as well. You can talk to an on-call dean Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. by calling 608-263-5700, emailing dean@studentlife.wisc.edu or stopping by Bascom 70.

Sexual assault, dating violence and nonconsensual encounters can affect every member of the UW-Madison community, and these incidents will not be tolerated in any form. By educating students, encouraging reporting and supporting survivors, we strive every day to make the UW-Madison community a safer place for everyone.

On, Wisconsin!

Lori M. Berquam

Vice Provost for Student Life and Dean of Students