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Sexual Assault Awareness Month - Think Before You Click
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Friday, April 22, 2022
Dating apps have become popular among college students, but are they safe to use? Is it possible to use them in a God-honoring and self-protecting way? It is, but you should follow important safety guidelines.
Let's start with two general principles:
- Know the general reputation of a dating app before you sign up. Not all dating apps are created equally in standards of conduct and the culture of participation. There are some apps out there that wisdom would tell you to not even sign up and get started with a group that is not likely to be edifying.
- Make sure you are emotionally ready for a relationship. As an image-bearer, you are valuable and do not need anyone else to complete you. If you are not ready to date and navigate a relationship, that is OK. The best thing you can do to protect yourself is to not step into online relationship spaces while you are in a season of healing or when personal growth should be the priority.
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Thursday, April 14, 2022
Sextortion … revenge porn … catfishing … Did you know that college students are at a very high risk for all of these? (Yes, even Cedarville students!) And not just women are at risk – college-age men are increasingly finding themselves victims of sexual scams. Read this full post to find out about protecting yourself as an image-bearer by identifying clues to spot a sexual scam.
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Monday, April 11, 2022
As we increasingly experience life through our online communities, we need to remember Jesus’ calling to love our neighbor as ourselves. Everyone on our social is our neighbor! Sexual harassment and abuse in our online spaces has dramatically increased. As image-bearers we cannot see online abuse as normal or less serious than what may happen in person. We each have the ability and voice to create a safe and respectful online space. But we must use it!
If you notice someone being harassed or abused in an online space, use methods of Bystander Intervention to Speak Up! for those who are experiencing online harassment and abuse.
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Friday, April 1, 2022
Welcome to April! I love that in the month of April we get to experience how our Creator redeems the darkness of winter as He brings us the warmth and growth of spring. We have a God who seeks to renew and redeem the experiences of our lives, and He has called us to participate in His work of redemption as we bear His image to others.
As we look for ways to participate in the work of redeeming the darkness, Cedarville University will be observing Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Our theme for this year is “Think Before You Click: Building Online Communities of Image-Bearers.”
We have chosen this theme because as technology has become such a significant part of our everyday lives, a student’s risk to be exploited or experience harassment has increased. It is up to each of us at Cedarville to speak up to prevent sexual harassment and exploitation in the virtual community that we are currently living in.
During this month we hope to provide practical tips on how to protect yourself from sexual scams and exploitation, how to protect others by understanding consent in the online world and through bystander intervention, and how to stay safe using dating apps.
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Title IX Policy
Cedarville’s Title IX Policy addresses all forms of sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking.
Find helpful training presentations and videos about Cedarville’s Title IX policy.
Understanding the Respondent’s Role
A Respondent (or Responding Party) is someone alleged to have been involved in an incident of prohibited conduct under Title IX.
Understanding the Process
The Title IX Coordinator can walk you through the process of what will happen once you report an incident, from receiving support, to filing a formal complaint, to resolution.
Find helpful resources that are available to you as you navigate the Title IX process.
4 Sexual Assault Myths
Cedarville University's Non-discrimination Notice:
Cedarville University is a Christ-centered institution of higher education that is committed to the biblical principle that all human beings are created in the image of God. Because of that belief, the University is committed to basing judgments concerning the admission, education, and employment of individuals upon their qualifications and abilities.
Cedarville University is also committed to maintaining and strengthening an educational, working, and living environment founded on the biblical principles of love and mutual respect. The University seeks to provide programs, activities, and an educational environment free from sex discrimination. In accordance with these beliefs, and consistent with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Cedarville does not discriminate on the basis of sex in education programs or activities, including recruitment, admissions, athletic and extracurricular activities, discipline, distribution of financial assistance, distribution of institutional resources, hiring practices, employment, and promotion. Title IX states:
"No person in the United states shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, or be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or any activity receiving Federal financial assistance."
The University is committed to promoting respect for the bodily integrity of all persons and the sacredness of human sexuality. Sex discrimination includes all forms of sexual violence and sexual harassment.