Peer Advisory Council for Title IX
Peer Advisory Council for Title IX are student activists, educators and advocates working toward creating a culture of consent on Stetson's campus. This means encouraging and embodying the values of gender equity, inclusivity, healthy relationships, openness, boldness, and compassion. Our ultimate goal is to end domestic/dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking on campus. We seek to foster dialogue around Title IX issues, educate our community, empower active bystanders, support survivors, help our peers understand and utilize the Title IX process, and build awareness around the facts of sexual and domestic violence.
Interested in Joining PACT?
We are always looking for passionate students to join our team. Check out our Instagram page for updated information on meeting times and locations or email Sara Smith at [email protected] for more information!
To reach our goal of campus-wide education, we offer multiple events and programming initiatives throughout the year.
Learn more about all of the PACT Programs today!
Being an Empowered Bystander
An empowered bystander is someone who sees or hears something that doesn’t feel right to them and decides to intervene in the interest of keeping others safe and healthy. At Stetson, we know that all our Hatters can make a difference in a potentially dangerous situation.
There are many ways to be an active bystander! Here are three strategies to consider.
Distraction: Shifting the attention of the people involved to change the dynamics of the situation
Delegation: Calling someone else for help who might be better to handle the situation
Direct action: Stepping in and addressing the problem directly
Consent is freely given without force, threat, or coercion. It is also retractable and can be withdrawn at any time. Consent is informed; STI/STD status should be disclosed, contraception method should be agreed upon, and all parties are conscious and willing. Consent is specific and an ongoing conversation about each activity.
You can find more information about Steton’s definition of consent and other Title IX Policies herehttps://www.stetson.edu/other/title-ix/media/FINAL%20Gender-Based%20Misconduct%20Policy%20with%20cover%20page%20August%202020.pdf
If someone comes to you with their story of surviving sexual assault, it is an honor. They are showing how much they trust you and value your place in their life. It is important to remember this when going forward and supporting them. You may want to ask questions about what happened, or spring into action and make decisions, but that could actually do more harm than good. Check out these helpful tips.
|If you are a mandated reporter, inform them of that right away.||If you are a mandated reported wait until they've disclosed and then tell them you can't keep their story confidential|
|Inform them of their rights to privacy and confidentiality, and protection against retaliation under Title IX||Give information you are unsure about|
|Thank them for telling you and listen to what they have to say. Truly listening is the most important step.||Downplay their trauma or sound like you don’t believe them|
|Ask about their immediate safety and well-being, and their wants and needs for right now.||Ask too many questions. Questions often come off as accusatory, and the survivor will disclose details if and when they're ready to.|
|Offer resources||Tell them what they should do or give instructions|
Some resources are private while others are confidential. Private resources are entirely safe to talk to and tell about an experience, but what makes them private instead of confidential is that a small group of people finds out, and often times a report is generated. In the table below, CONFIDENTIAL resources are highlighted in yellow.
|Title IX Coordinator||Lyda Kiser, [email protected]|
|Title IX Investigator||Scott Kern, [email protected]|
|Student Counseling Services||
|Volusia Rape Crisis Center||800-503-7621|
|Rape Abuse Incest National Network (RAINN)||
|National Domestic Violence Hotline||