What does an unhealthy relationship look like?
How do you respond when a friend or student shares that he or she has been sexually assaulted?
How can you help victims of abusive relationships break the cycle of violence?
What can you do to create a safer campus environment for UCSB students?
These are a few of the thought-provoking questions we explored during a recent CARE Connect training. CARE Connect is a free two-hour workshop offered four times every quarter for all students. The goal of the workshop is to empower students to become change agents in creating a safer campus community.
Did you know that one in four women experiences sexual assault during college and one in six men experience sexual assault during their lifetime? Students of all ages, genders, sizes, ethnicities, and socioeconomic statuses may be the victim of stalking, sexual assault, or dating violence. UCSB is not immune to these statistics. It is essential for all students to work together to reduce these instances of violence and to support the survivors.
During the CARE Connect Training, we learned how to respond to and empower the survivors of stalking, sexual assault, or dating violence. I learned that as a CARE Connect Trainee, it is not my responsibility to take on the weight of the world and figure out how to address these types of situations or try to counsel the individual on my own. Instead, I should try to connect the individual with resources and help (e.g., walking the individual to the CARE office) and lend an ear for listening or a shoulder for crying on.
UCSB students are fortunate to have 24/7 access to the highly trained CARE (Campus Advocacy Resources & Education) staff. These individuals can provide resources, support, confidential meetings, information about medical and legal options, and even accompaniments with police reports. The CARE staff are located in the Women’s Center in the Student Resource Building and you can walk in anytime between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can call 805-893-4613 to talk to a CARE staff member at anytime. Also, you can visit the CARE website to find resources, get advice, make an appointment, or make an anonymous report.
After completing the two-hour CARE Connect Training, I felt that I had the knowledge and support that I needed to assist survivors of dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault. I highly recommend taking two hours out of your busy schedule to attend a CARE Connect Training. You never know when you may need to use the skills and knowledge that you gain from this training. It is also a great opportunity to connect with some incredible campus staff.
For more information about CARE Connect and to sign up for a training, visit: http://wgse.sa.ucsb.edu/CARE/CareConnect.aspx