April 07, 2015
The University of Virginia’s ultra-secret Seven Society recently announced gifts totaling $115,554 to U.Va.’s Counseling and Psychological Services and the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center to “more broadly encourage the kind of action and attention necessary to realize the empathy and understanding that must lie at the heart of this place.” The gifts came after the society
February 09, 2015
The Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center would like to recognize William C. Johnson, Chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and other leaders at the School of Engineering and Applied Science who have demonstrated an especially high level of solidarity on the issue of sexual assault prevention and response in recent months.
January 15, 2015
Sexual assault is a traumatic event that impacts women physically, emotionally, spiritually and socially. This confidential group will offer an opportunity to meet in a safe environment to support one another in the recovery process. Group members will learn new ways of dealing with issues such as social pressures, relationships while healing from the assault, academic impacts and re-setting healthy boundaries. It will also address grief concerns that sometimes arise after an assault
January 15, 2015
The Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center offers a therapy group for faculty and staff who have experienced sexual assault. The group focuses on triggers in the work place, as well as self-care, among other topics. The group is open to men and women. For more information on a similar group for students, visit this link.
January 15, 2015
Within the first work week of the New Year, the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center has played a role within different types of training sessions focusing on support for survivors of sexual assault and the prevention of sexual assault.
December 16, 2014
Through the Office of the Provost, the Women's Center has recently received funding for an education outreach/prevention specialist for the Gender Violence and Social Change program, as well as a full-time counselor in residence with experience in trauma. We especially thank the Women's Leadership Council - the President's Advisory Committee on women's concerns - and Marcus Martin, the Vice President for Diversity and Equity.
December 08, 2014
At the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center, we are hearing from members of the University community who are confused by the ongoing media attention. Please note: False reports are extremely rare. According to a 2010 report, False Allegations of Sexual Assault: An Analysis of Ten Years of Reported Cases, about 2-10 percent of all reports are false.
December 05, 2014
U.Va. law professor Deena Hurwitz has given helpful advice for tackling the daunting task of reading, interpreting and commenting on the University’s approximately 60-page Sexual Misconduct Policy by the Dec. 20 deadline. A group of about 25 faculty, staff and students attended this informative brown bag session at Newcomb Hall on Dec. 5.
December 03, 2014
To the University Community:
University of Virginia students, faculty, staff, and alumni are voicing their deep commitment to a seismic shift in the culture. The Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center firmly believes that the University—which means all of us— can create this change. Please read the Center’s Statement on Sexual Violence at the University of Virginia on our website.
November 24, 2014
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Rape is a vile criminal act, to which no individual should be subjected.