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Campus Programs at a Glance

Bystander Intervention Training
Are you a bystander? Attend a bystander intervention workshop and learn how to identify potentially dangerous situations and be the one to act.
 
Rape Aggression Defense Systems
RAD is a self-defense program for women. Classes are held regularly and are sponsored by the Department of Public Safety. To learn about upcoming classes or to schedule a demonstration, contact Sgt. Dickerson at dickerson@cua.edu.
 
Sexual Assault Awareness Month
CUA recognizes Sexual Assault Awareness Month each April with displays, educational campaigns, and events.
 
The Clothesline Project
The Clothesline Project is a visual display that bears witness to violence against women. A display at CUA is hung each April during Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Empowerment Group
The Empowmerment Group for students who have experienced unwanted sexual contact is run out of the Counseling Center. The group offers a safe and confidential place to address personal reactions, reactions of friends/family, relationships and dating concerns, spirituality and identity questions, and academic concerns.
IMPORTANT. If you are a victim of personal violence (sexual assault, assault, etc.) 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.

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

 


Reporting and Resources 

IMPORTANT. If you are a victim of personal violence (sexual assault, assault, etc.)  your first priority should be to get to a place of safety,thenReport 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.

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
     

Contact Us

For more information on the Sexual Assault Awareness and Education Program, or to request a workshop or publications, please contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 202-319-5619 or cua-deanofstudents@cua.edu

 

Photo Credit: Andrew Santiano

U ASK DC

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.
 

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 TitleIX-Coord@cua.edu or 202-319-6594 or Leahy Hall, room 170.