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MCADSV works alongside other stakeholders in higher education to develop comprehensive approaches for responding to and preventing gender-based violence on college campuses.

MCADSV and campus coalition-building advances prevention as social change.

MCADSV works to achieve the prevention of rape and abuse in through an optimistic yet pragmatic mission: Eliminate sexual and domestic violence in Missouri campus communities by fostering a statewide network of experts and resources using an evidence-based, trauma-informed primary prevention approach.
To achieve campus violence prevention through coalition-building, in 2015 MCADSV joined representatives from Missouri colleges, universities and the state health department to participate in the first cohort of Action Planning Meetings coordinated by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention and the American Public Health Association.

MCADSV continues its coalition-building work with these groups. Our collaboration with Partners in Prevention, a consortium of colleges and universities in Missouri, allows us to research Coalition sexual assault services data along with campus sexual assault reports. This informs universities of promising prevention practices and assists development of consistent campus and statewide prevention policies.

Joint efforts between MCADSV, Partners in Prevention and the Department of Health and Senior Services provides another opportunity to adapt the “Missouri Model” for a comprehensive approach to alleviate campus sexual assault. By strengthening the capacity for localized coalition-building between campuses and domestic and sexual violence organizations, communities are empowered to practice strategic collaboration for preventing gender-based violence on campus and in the surrounding community.

 

Intern Resource Network

The primary goal of the Intern Resource Network is to prevent students from experiencing sexual harassment, violence and discrimination of any kind as they prepare to leave campus and enter the workforce. Though colleges offer a variety of prevention programs and support services on campus, it can be difficult for a student to know what resources exist in the larger community. Student interns are at a particularly high risk of experiencing sexual harassment, and the workforce can be a very different environment than a college campus.
The Intern Resource Network is a collaborative project of MCADSV and Partners in Prevention. This project builds the capacity of campuses to work not only with students, but also with employers in the private and public sector, and local domestic and sexual violence organizations.
Given that state and local policies to address sexual harassment in the workplace are inconsistent, the Intern Resource Network is a starting place for best practices, and serves as a clearinghouse of information for students to know the extent of their rights under Title IX.

 

How Title IX evolved

Title IX, “Title Nine,” aims to eliminate hostile environments for students.  It is part of the federal educational amendments of 1972 signed into law to prevent gender-based discrimination within educational institutions that receive federal funding.  It reads: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving federal assistance.” During the past 40 years, court decisions have further refined what Title IX means to students who are victims of sexual harassment and sexual assault.