MU's RSVP Center talks 30 years of fighting sexual assault

1 year 6 months 2 weeks ago Tuesday, October 04 2016 Oct 4, 2016 Tuesday, October 04, 2016 2:44:00 PM CDT October 04, 2016 in News
By: Hannah Husmann, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - MU's Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention Center (RSVP) reviewed 30 years of working to end sexual assault Tuesday.

Representatives from MU and the Columbia community came together to celebrate RSVP's 30th birthday, but also to look back on what the group has accomplished in the past and what they hope to accomplish in the future. 

"We want to get to a point where sexual assault on campus doesn't happen," MU Women's Center Sr. Coordinator Laura Hacquard said.

RSVP Education Coordinator Kim Scates said the program's expansion since its birth in the mid-80s is important to serve the campus community.

"Power-based personal violence, unfortunately, is very common on college campuses across the nation, so universities owe it to the folks who come here to get their education to provide this kind of support and education to those who are directly and indirectly affected by violence," Scates said.

Hacquard said they've come a long way in 30 years.

"That's a time when we were all pretty naive about sexual assault on campus, but we were ahead of other schools at the time," Hacquard said.

According to MUPD's 2016 Annual Fire Safety and Security Report, 18 total rapes were reported in 2014. Six of those were on campus in student housing and 12 were off-campus. In 2015, 13 total rapes were reported, nine of which occurred on campus in student housing.

Despite the drop in reported rapes to MUPD, Scates said that doesn't mean RSVP has seen a drop as well. 

"We know that when an entity such as ours becomes more well known in a community, the number of people we see reporting violence increases. That's not because violence is happening more, it's because people have a safe place to go to talk about what's happened. Folks may feel more comfortable reporting," Scates said.

Representatives from RSVP, MU Athletics, the Boone County D.O.V.E. Unit, True North Women's Shelter and MU Student Health attended the luncheon. 

RSVP's next event is a faculty Green Dot Training Conference in November. 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA – The Columbia City Council met Monday night in a work session to discuss ways to improve Columbia's water... More >>
2 hours ago Monday, April 23 2018 Apr 23, 2018 Monday, April 23, 2018 8:00:00 PM CDT April 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – Hundreds gathered at the first ever Japanese Spring Festival on MU’s campus Monday afternoon. Student Momoko Tamamura came... More >>
2 hours ago Monday, April 23 2018 Apr 23, 2018 Monday, April 23, 2018 7:21:00 PM CDT April 23, 2018 in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY – One local woman is reflecting on her decision to vote for President Donald Trump after some have... More >>
3 hours ago Monday, April 23 2018 Apr 23, 2018 Monday, April 23, 2018 7:00:00 PM CDT April 23, 2018 in Top Stories
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The law firm representing the ex-husband of the woman who had an affair with Missouri... More >>
4 hours ago Monday, April 23 2018 Apr 23, 2018 Monday, April 23, 2018 5:45:11 PM CDT April 23, 2018 in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A Democratic Missouri state lawmaker says he won't step down despite facing backlash for repeatedly calling... More >>
4 hours ago Monday, April 23 2018 Apr 23, 2018 Monday, April 23, 2018 5:21:20 PM CDT April 23, 2018 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - MU staff members spent Monday afternoon discussing how the university could become Columbia's "employer of choice" again with... More >>
4 hours ago Monday, April 23 2018 Apr 23, 2018 Monday, April 23, 2018 5:05:00 PM CDT April 23, 2018 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - Residents moving into the Lynn Street Cottages in Columbia not only obtain four new walls, they also receive... More >>
5 hours ago Monday, April 23 2018 Apr 23, 2018 Monday, April 23, 2018 4:14:00 PM CDT April 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Students at Rock Bridge High School will be attending prom this weekend, and for the first time ever,... More >>
5 hours ago Monday, April 23 2018 Apr 23, 2018 Monday, April 23, 2018 4:13:00 PM CDT April 23, 2018 in Continuous News
JOPLIN - An EF-5 tornado struck the city of Joplin on May 22, 2011. The next day Jeff Neal, a... More >>
6 hours ago Monday, April 23 2018 Apr 23, 2018 Monday, April 23, 2018 3:29:00 PM CDT April 23, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – Tax reform in Missouri is one step closer to becoming a reality. The Missouri House Ways... More >>
7 hours ago Monday, April 23 2018 Apr 23, 2018 Monday, April 23, 2018 2:56:00 PM CDT April 23, 2018 in News
JOPLIN - More businesses, new schools and new homes- one drive through Joplin reveals a clear transformation from devastation to... More >>
7 hours ago Monday, April 23 2018 Apr 23, 2018 Monday, April 23, 2018 2:20:00 PM CDT April 23, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – Lawmakers in Missouri added a $3 million dollar line to the Attorney General’s budget for sexual assault... More >>
7 hours ago Monday, April 23 2018 Apr 23, 2018 Monday, April 23, 2018 2:11:00 PM CDT April 23, 2018 in News
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on shooting at Tennessee restaurant that left four dead (all times local):... More >>
8 hours ago Monday, April 23 2018 Apr 23, 2018 Monday, April 23, 2018 1:22:00 PM CDT April 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - When it comes to losing weight, many of us start with looking at our diet. Are we eating... More >>
9 hours ago Monday, April 23 2018 Apr 23, 2018 Monday, April 23, 2018 12:21:00 PM CDT April 23, 2018 in Weekly Wellness
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Attorneys for Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens say they will seek to disqualify prosecutors in the... More >>
10 hours ago Monday, April 23 2018 Apr 23, 2018 Monday, April 23, 2018 11:37:40 AM CDT April 23, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Only one week old, Molly was outside in the snow and sleet. She was found in a... More >>
10 hours ago Monday, April 23 2018 Apr 23, 2018 Monday, April 23, 2018 11:14:00 AM CDT April 23, 2018 in News
SEDALIA (AP) — A former volunteer at a small Missouri museum has been charged with stealing thousands of dollars' worth... More >>
10 hours ago Monday, April 23 2018 Apr 23, 2018 Monday, April 23, 2018 11:04:00 AM CDT April 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA -Bullets hit a Columbia residence early Sunday morning while five people were inside. It happened just after 4... More >>
12 hours ago Monday, April 23 2018 Apr 23, 2018 Monday, April 23, 2018 9:59:00 AM CDT April 23, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 64°
10pm 59°
11pm 58°
12am 57°
1am 56°