Dear members of the St. Olaf Community,
This year has been a challenging one— there have been multiple reports of Oles sexually assaulting our peers and our friends. Although it’s easy to feel frustrated, angry, and upset about the fact that members of our community have committed sexual assault, we have to remember that an increase in reporting means that more people are comfortable talking about sexual assault. Increased conversation about sexual assault is important because the first step in eradicating a problem is identifying it. As we move forward with the year, we encourage you all to remember that there are many resources on campus to report sexual assault and to seek support, which are listed below.
As many of you have read, there was a report of someone committing sexual assault at the Pause on the night of Halloween. This is not the only reported case of sexual assault this school year at an SGA event. This calls into question whether SGA branches should be hosting events where people are committing sexual assault. However, it is apparent that sexual assault has happened at our dances in the past, but it was underreported. The fact that more people feel able to report sexual assault is a step in the right direction, but we want to strive to foster an environment on campus where sexual assault is no longer tolerated.
We need all of your voices to determine how to move forward. On Tuesday, November 18, we will be holding a Town Hall Meeting/ Campus Conversation at 6:30pmin the Lion’s Pause in place of Student Senate. Here we will discuss what we can do to stop sexual assault on our campus. We will also seek input on whether SGA should continue hosting Pause Dances. Come to listen, or come with ideas to participate.
There will be more information coming later this week because this Campus Conversation is a component of our It’s On Us Week of Action. Thank you all for your time, and we hope to see you next week as we decide how to address this problem within our community.
SGA Vice President
The SGA Executive Team
Confidential resources on campus include:
-Sexual Assault Resource Network. SARN advocates can be contacted at (507) 786-3777 or the SARN office in Buntrock 113.
-The College Pastors, located in Boe Memorial Chapel Undercroft.
-Boe House, Counseling Center located at 1308 St. Olaf Avenue, contact (507) 786-3062
Student Health Services located in Tomson 160, contact (507) 786- 3063
The Dean of Students, Area Coordinators, Public Safety Officers, and any administrations, faculty and staff are resources that are required to follow up after a reported incidence of sexual assault, but will do so with respect for the privacy of those allegedly involved with the incident.