"Imprints" Survivor Art Project
This April--as part of national Sexual Violence Prevention Month--we want to bring to light the experiences of sexual violence survivors on our campus and in our community.
Has sexual violence left an imprint on your life? Join the Hamre Center for Health & Wellness, Office of Title IX & Equity, and Macalester College Student Government as we work to create an art project to honor the varied experiences of sexual violence survivors on our campus. Macalester College actively seeks to dismantle rape culture and prevent sexual assault, but it is often framed in terms of activism and ideology. It's important to expand those efforts to include the lived experiences of survivors: students, staff, and faculty. We would like to hear, validate, and hold your stories as a community. Through this project we hope to visually represent an often-silenced group.
We invite all survivors of sexual violence to participate in this project by visiting the fourth floor of DeWitt Wallace Library between 4-6 p.m. on April 3-8th. In a private study room--indicated by a teal hand-print sign on the door--we welcome you to place your hand-print in paint on the canvas provided. If you feel inspired to share more, you are invited to answer the question--"How has sexual violence left an imprint on your life?"--in either the journal provided in the library study room or by visiting the online form. Know that this writing will be confidentially shared at an event on campus on April 27th. Thank you for courage and willingness to share. If you choose not to share, that's okay too; we stand with you in whatever ways you need to heal. Please see the support resources below, as well.
Support for survivors can be essential in their ability to recover. Here are suggestions and resources for how to help.
Download brochure (PDF) of Resources and Support for Survivors of Sexual Violence
Reporting Sexual Violence On-Campus
Title IX Coordinator & Director of Equity
Karla Benson Rutten 651-696-6258
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students & Deputy Title IX Coordinator
DeMethra LaShay Bradley 651-696-6220
Sexual Violence Prevention Program Coordinator & Deputy Title IX Coordinator Laura Linder-Scholer 651-696-6807
Campus Security 651-696-6555 (24-Hour Emergency)
Confidential On-Campus Support
Center for Religious & Spiritual Life
Kelly Stone 651-696-6298
Health & Wellness Center 651-696-6275
Counselors, physician, registered nurse, and nurse practitioner
Because We Are Not Alone
A confidential, on-campus group offering support and facilitating healing and coping. Open to Macalester students of any gender who have experienced sexual assault (sexual abuse, rape, or other forms of non-consensual sexual contact). For a required pre-group meeting, contact Macalester Counselor Liz Schneider-Bateman at 651-696-6204.
Additional On-Campus Support
Sexual Assault & Harassment Support Team (SAST)
SAST members are volunteer members of the staff and faculty who are committed to sexual violence prevention and ending power-based personal violence and can offer support, guidance, and referrals.
Office of Student Affairs 651-696-6220
Office of Student Affairs staff can mobilize campus resources around you.
Residential Life Staff 651-696-6215 (On-Call Staff)
Residential Life staff have been trained in crisis intervention and in counseling and support skills. They can direct you to appropriate campus services.
Confidential Off-Campus Support
SOS Sexual Violence Services of Ramsey County 651-266-1000 (24-Hour Crisis Hotline)
SOS responds to the problems of sexual violence by providing crisis intervention, prevention, and education to increase community awareness of sexual violence in order to create a more supportive environment for victims. You can also volunteer to become a trained advocate.
Queer Survivor 612-822-0127
A free, confidential, off-campus support group for LGBTQ survivors of intimate partner violence or past or present sexual abuse. The group is facilitated by the Anti-Violence Program of OutFront Minnesota and meets weekly at the Minneapolis offices of OutFront Minnesota. To learn more or sign up, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sexual Violence Center Minneapolis 612-871-5111 ( 24-Hour Hotline)
RAINN (Rape, Assault, and Incest National Network) 1-800-656-4673 (24-Hour Hotline)
State and National Organizations
MN Trauma Project A list of trauma-informed resources for healing in MN, including: acupuncture, acupressure, art therapy, dance/movement therapy, equine therapy, trauma-sensitive massage, mindfulness/meditation, Qi Gong/Tai Chi, trauma-sensitive yoga, and support groups.
Minnesota Break the Silence Day A movement of people publicly identifying themselves as survivors of sexual violence; the group strives to create a world where survivors can freely tell their stories and be met with validation, trauma-informed support, and solidarity.
Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault A nexus of resources and information about what to do if you are sexually assaulted, how to help someone else or support a friend, common reactions to sexual violence, facts sheets, videos, definitions, crisis hotlines, support centers, and an overview of MN sexual violence laws.
Feminist Majority Foundation/Sexual Assault Resources Feminist-identified resources for survivors of sexual violence, sexual harassment, or domestic violence, including: crisis hotlines, websites, support agencies, and college campus-centered resources.
Center for Changing Our Campus Culture Information on campus sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, from the Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Departments of Justice, Education, Health and Human Services, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
National Sexual Violence Resource Center A collection of data, publications, news, press releases, and organizations focused on sexual violence, including an online library of resources.
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence A confidential 24/7 crisis hotline, as well as information on the dynamics of abuse, signs of an abusive partner, understanding why victims stay, national/state statistics, and what to do if you think you are being abused.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Information on sexual violence and related forms of violence, including: child abuse, neglect, youth violence, intimate partner violence, suicide, and sex trafficking.
RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network) An assortment of college-specific resources on staying safe on campus, alcohol safety, warning signs for college-aged adults, consent, prevention, and campus activism. Website also includes information on reporting and the criminal justice system.
Resources on Substance Abuse and Domestic/Intimate Partner Violence Information and support resources on the connection between substance abuse and violence, including: statistics, potential warning signs, risk factors, and options for treatment.