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#SUNYSA Pretty amazing! July 14, 2014

It is hard to believe that we are nearly at the half way point in July and only a couple of weeks from our first official SUNYSA Executive Committee (EC) Meeting, UAlbany is be hosting us for the first meeting.Thank you to everyone at UAlbany!!

The EC will have a great opportunity during our first ever SUNYSA Day at SUNY System Administration on Friday, August 1, 2014. The SUNYSA Day is meant to give all of us face time with top SUNY staff who will be providing us with up-to-date information on the SUNY wide initiatives and issues that concern our students.

I am pretty excited about the new format of our monthly EC meetings. We are breaking new ground with the Friday evening Town Hall Meeting in which any students from a campus within a 50ish mile radius of the host campus are invited to attend to discuss any ideas, issues, and/or concerns with the EC.  The meeting is also open to any alumni, faculty, and staff as we try this avenue to help us to better advocate for our #SUNY students!

This forum will help us to have a better understanding of the needs which will be addressed internally, with the proper SUNY staff, and/or as we move to formulate the 2014-2015 Legislative Agenda.

Another amazing aspect of the new format is to have the host campus establish a community service project for the EC, students, alumni, etc. to be engaged in while we are visiting their campus.  This project could be anything from donating non-perishable food items, gently-used children’s books or winter clothing to a hands on project on Sunday morning before we all head back home. Giving a hand up can truly change your life!!

Here is the list of our upcoming EC meetings and the Fall Conference location and dates:

2014-2015 Meeting Dates

August 1, 2014 (SUNY System Administration/University at Albany)

September 19, 2014 (Potsdam)

October 17, 2014 [Fall Conference] (RIT Inn & Convention Center, Rochester)

November 7, 2014 (Oswego)

January (Stony Brook)

February (University of Buffalo Undergrad/Grad)

March (TBA)

April [Spring Conference] (TBA)

We are looking forward to all of campuses getting involved with the EC. We are #SUNYStrong!

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#SUNYSA Task Force for Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence June 28, 2014

This video left me in tears (http://blog.petflow.com/this-disgusts-me-would-you-stop-to-help-this-woman/)! As a survivor of domestic violence, I am saddened by the lack of response from the individuals in this video! This is one of the reasons why #SUNYSA is implementing a Task Force on Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence this year. There needs to be more education and awareness brought to these subjects to protect all victims.

Please help us raise awareness on these very important issues! Just remember it could be your family member who has already been or could become a victim…or it could be you.

One thing to remember is that not all sexual assault/domestic violence is man on woman! According to The National Domestic Violence Hotline:

Get the Facts & Figures

*On average, 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States — more than 12 million women and men over the course of a year.
*Nearly 3 in 10 women (29%) and 1 in 10 men (10%) in the US have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by a partner and report a related impact on their functioning.
*Nearly, 15% of women (14.8%) and 4% of men have been injured as a result of intimate partner violence (IPV) that included rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
*1 in 4 women (24.3%) and 1 in 7 men (13.8%) aged 18 and older in the United States have been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
*IPV alone affects more than 12 million people each year.
*More than 1 in 3 women (35.6%) and more than 1 in 4 men (28.5%) in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
*Nearly half of all women and men in the United States have experienced psychological aggression by an intimate partner in their lifetime (48.4% and 48.8%, respectively).
*Females ages 18 to 24 and 25 to 34 generally experienced the highest rates of IPV.
*From 1994 to 2010, about 4 in 5 victims of IPV were female.
*Most female victims of IPV were previously victimized by the same offender, including 77% of females ages 18 to 24, 76% of females ages 25 to 34, and 81% of females ages 35 to 49.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline number is 1-800-799-7233 | 1-800-787-3224 (TTY).
The National Sexual Assault Hotline – 1.800.656.HOPE or online at https://ohl.rainn.org/online/.