A community approach
At Connecticut College, we believe that preventing sexual assault is the responsibility of the entire community, and all students play a critical role. Our approach to prevention and advocacy combines campus-wide education and training, on how to recognize dangerous situations and intervene, with a network of support and resources for victims of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking. These efforts are coordinated through Think S.A.F.E. (Sexual Assault-Free Environment) and by the director of sexual violence education and advocacy, with the support of the administration.
Prevention and response training and education are integrated into the campus culture at Conn. More than 700 students have been trained in the Green Dot bystander intervention program, which teaches students to recognize situations in which someone may be at risk for sexual assault or domestic violence and arms them with different techniques — referred to as “Green Dots” — to intervene. There are also several student organizations dedicated to violence prevention, and they organize events and awareness campaigns to keep sexual assualt prevention on the minds of all students throughout the year. New students are taught about the College's policies and resources and introduced to bystander intervention during their first few days on campus.
In addition, Think S.A.F.E. provides violence prevention education to the campus community through awareness activites for Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Sexual Assault Awareness month (October and April respectively), residence hall programming and classroom presentations.
Support and assistance for survivors
Connecticut College offers confidential support services to students who have experienced sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking, including:
- Judicial, housing and academic advocacy
- Access to appropriate services (medical, counseling and legal)
- Comprehensive information about reporting procedures, both on and off campus
- Help securing on-campus no-contact directives
The College also has a coordinated community response team that brings together representatives from campus and community partners, including the local sexual assault and domestic violence crisis centers, police departments, and state’s attorney’s office, as well as the victim’s advocate from the local court system, to share resources and help smooth the referral process for survivors who want to pursue various options.
Director of Sexual Violence Prevention and Advocacy
The director of sexual violence prevention and advocacy, is a trained sexual assault, domestic/dating violence and stalking advocate and is readily available to assist students who have been sexually assaulted or who have experienced stalking or relationship violence. The director also serves as a resource for friends of victims and for faculty and staff who support students.
As a certified Green Dot trainer, Heidi is expanding the College’s nationally recognized Green Dot program by developing a Green Dot training team and overseeing their initiatives on campus. She is collaborating with students, faculty and staff to continue the momentum in building an environment that fosters healthy interactions and promotes student well-being. Heidi has had the opportunity to work previously with a college Green Dot and Title IX Advocacy Program.
Heidi holds a bachelor of arts degree in public relations, with minors in theater and speech communications, from York College of Pennsylvania. She also earned a master of science degree in counseling and college student personnel from Shippensburg University. She is looking forward to working with everyone and is excited that she has officially become a Camel!
If you have experienced or think you may have experienced sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking, please contact the director of sexual violence prevention and advocacy, one of the other confidential resources on campus, or call Campus Safety at 860-439-2222 (Campus Safety personnel can connect you with the director of sexual violence provention and advocacy, the administrator on call, the New London Police or medical personel).