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UPDATE: Prevention of Violence and Support for Survivors at the Women's Center

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.

Resources that may be helpful include:

This video is an explanation of the neuroscience of trauma and might help to better understand why and how survivors of trauma remember their experiences:

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Contact information, including weekend and after hours contacts, for anyone who needs support:

Students: Please call Counseling Services at the Women's Center at (434) 982-2252 or Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at (434) 243-5150 during regular office hours Monday through Friday, or call CAPS at (434) 972-7004 for after hours and Weekend Crisis Assistance. Another resource is to call (434) 295-8255 (TALK), which is the Help Line at Madison House.

Faculty, staff and community members: Please call the Sexual Assault Resource Agency (SARA) at (434) 977-7273.

A forum for survivors to engage in dialogue with anonymous comments:

As survivors have expressed that they would like to lend their insights to the current active dialogue on Grounds, but that attending and speaking at meetings is not an option for some of them, we have provided this platform to help ensure that these valuable contributions to the University community’s conversation can be made even by individuals for whom it is important to remain anonymous. Please note: There is a 100-word limit, not a 100-character limit for each comment. These anonymous comments will be moderated on a weekly basis by counselors at the Women’s Center prior to being published online.

Advice for how to understand, comment on the University's sexual misconduct policy:

The Women's Center recently provided a workshop with the help of U.Va. Law Professor Deena Hurwitz. Please visit this link for a detailed recap of her and the participants' suggestions. The deadline to comment on the policy is Dec. 20.

As always, the Women's Center recommends that all members of the community make self-care a priority and suggests that you refer back to this link for tips as we approach Winter Break. Please also continue to tune into our communication channels.

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