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The Empowered Bystander Pledge


Because I know both alcohol poisoning and sexual violence and assault impact the lives of those I know and care about, and;

Because I know reducing the number of incidents and victims requires broad social change as well as specific individual acts and choices, and;

Because I know I am a part of establishing what is acceptable in our CUA community, and;

Because I know others will observe my choices and follow my lead,I


Find a way to intervene in any behavior or situation that feels potentially high risk for alcohol poisoning or sexual violence or assault;

Regularly and visibly endorse the values of safety and intolerance of harm;

Change anything I may be doing that contributes to alcohol poisoning or sexual violence or assault;

Support and encourage the people in my life to take responsibility for preventing alcohol poisoning and sexual violence or assault.

Click HERE to sign the pledge.


CUA Sexual Assault Awareness Month Programs

Teal Tuesdays

April 7, April 14, April 21, April 28, 2015

All members of the CUA community are encouraged to wear teal to raise awareness and support for victims of sexual violence in our community.  Teal ribbons and resources will be available in the Pryzbyla Center Lobby on these days.

 What is SANE?

April 14, 2015 at 7:00pm, McGivney Auditorium

This workshop will be presented by the Director of DC Forensic Nurse Examiners and the Network for Victim Recovery of DC focusing on the services these organizations provide, how students can access services, resources for survivors and secondary survivors of sexual assault as well as response to trauma.

The Clothesline Project

April 15-17, 20-22, 2015  10:00am - 2:00pm, Pryzbyla Center Patio

The Clothesline Project is a visual display that bears witness to violence against women. All who have been affected by sexual violence will be invited to submit a shirt designed with a message or illustration. Shirts will be available for pick up and anonymous drop off outside of the Dean of Students Office, the Counseling Center and Campus Ministry. Click HERE to view photos from this year's Clotheline Project.

 Take Back the Night

April 22, 2015 at 7:00pm, Pryzbyla Center Great Room A

This campus event will be hosted by the Office of the Dean of Students and PEERS (Peer Educators Empowering Respectful Students) to gather together in prayer and solidarity with victims of sexual violence. Students, faculty, and staff will be invited to join together to heighten awareness, provide inspiration, reduce sexual assault, and aid survivors in our community.

Denim Day

April 23, 2015 from 11:00am - 1:00pm, 5:00-7:00pm

This event will encourage all members of the campus community to wear denim to raise awareness against destructive attitudes about sexual assault.

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Workshops and Trainings

The Office of the Dean of Students and CUA PEERS are available to offer a variety of workshops and trainings to residents, student organizations, student staff, or any other group of students.

To learn more about the workshop offerings or to create a custom program to suit your specific needs, visit:


Sexual Offenses Grievance Procedures

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Sexual Assault Awareness and Education Program

CUA's Sexual Assault Awareness and Education is coordinated through the Office of the Dean of Students. Through collaborative efforts with other University departments and the use of a peer education program, CUA works to prevent sexual violence and harassment through education, awareness, and skill building.

The Sexual Assault Awareness and Education
Program Aims to:

  • Promote a greater awareness of sexual violence and its impact on individuals and the community
  • Provide sexual violence prevention education and strategies to students and staff
  • Create an environment where survivors are empowered to access resources on and off-campus
  • Create opportunities to advocate for, and support, those impacted by sexual violence through collaborative events with on and off-campus partners



Need Help?

If you are a victim of personal violence (sexual assault, assault) your first priority should be to get to a place of safety,then: Report the Incident to the Department of Public Safety (DPS) at 202-319-5111. DPS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and will contact the DC Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) or other local law enforcement agencies as necessary. If you are off-campus, call 911.



Get immediate access to the information needed most in the event of a sexual assault — quickly, confidentially and free. An invaluable tool for any DC college student. Click one of the links below or search "U ASK DC" on the iTunes App Store or Google Play Store. Visit the website for more information.

Contact the Title IX Coordinator:

Sexual harassment and any other form of discrimination based upon gender is prohibited under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.  The University does not discriminate on the basis of gender in the education programs or activities it operates.  The requirement not to discriminate in Catholic University's programs and activities extends to employees and students. 

Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX may be referred to the Lisa Wood, the Title IX coordinator, at or 202-319-6594 or Leahy Hall, room 170.

 Sexual Violence Booklet:

Each year CUA reviews and updates the publication Sexual Violence: Recognize it. Prevent it. Report it. This publication includes important information about sexual violence, prevention information, resources, and guidance for victims of sexual violence including but not limited to:

  • How to report the crime
  • Where to receive medical attention, including a Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE)
  • Confidential resources on and off-campus
  • Ways the University can support a survivor