Chancellor Carol Christ and Special Faculty Advisor to the Chancellor on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Sharon Inkelas released the first Annual Report on Sexual Violence/Sexual Harassment, or SVSH, on Monday morning.
The report addresses issues concerning SVSH on campus, including resources offered to survivors and others affected by SVSH. The report also focuses on four key areas: prevention, survivor support, incident rates and response.
“This report comes at a time when, more than ever, we need to recognize our responsibility as a campus to ensure the health and safety of our community,” Christ said in a campuswide email. “Preventing and responding to SVSH on our campus will remain a top priority of this administration.”
Section three of the report centers around the report’s goals and gives a detailed account of the jobs of various offices and resources on campus. This includes the SVSH advisor that oversees the range of SVSH resources on campus and the PATH to Care Center that works with the campus community to respond to SVSH — which has nine full-time employees, as stated in the report.
Section four of the report gives details on the 2018 MyVoice survey that was designed and implemented by the UC Berkeley MyVoice Working Group with NORC, an independent research group from the University of Chicago. The survey found that those that identify with marginalized communities experience the highest rates of harmful experiences, while those with “more privileged identities” reported the lowest experiences.
“The Action (Planning) Team proposed that we need to ensure that providers of services — PATH to Care, social services and GenEq — work collaboratively with campus,” Inkelas said. “It’s something that we have been doing to ensure that materials are not written with one group in mind and that an effort has been made to be inclusive.”
According to Inkelas, one of the goals of the report is to provide a clear account of resources on campus, as well as show “commitment to transparency” on the actions being taken on campus. Inkelas added that the report was framed in a way that allows community feedback to align with what is already being done on campus.
The report states that future SVSH reports will be used to track change with the first report as a baseline and that each report after should outline steps planned and assess whether progress has been made.
“(The report) is really helpful to see the gaps in what fact is and what is perceived by the campus community,” said ASUC Student Advocate Sophie Bandarkar. “It shows that there is a lot of work being done and that there is still to more to do.”
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