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Preventing Violence on Campus

Violence may cause lasting physical and psychological harm and can permanently impact our employees’ and students’ lives . LSUHSC-NO believes that violent, threatening or harassing behavior violates our institutional values and presents a barrier to fulfilling the Health Sciences Center’s mission of education, research and public service.

All LSUHSC-NO employees and students have a reasonable expectation to a safe and secure working and learning environment free of threats and assaults. Employees and students also have a responsibility to help ensure the safety and security of the LSUHSC-NO campus. Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans is committed to maintaining a campus free from violence including sexual assaults, threats of violence including verbal and non-verbal threatening behavior, and harassment. Such behavior is unacceptable and is not permitted on the LSUHSC-NO campus. (CM-44 - Campus Security Policy)

Sexual Violence includes:

  • Domestic Violence: Attempting to cause or causing physical harm to another family or household member, placing another family or household member in fear or physical harm, and threats of force or duress.
     
  • Dating Violence: Violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim is dating violence. The existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors: the length of the relationship, the type of relationship, and the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.
     
  • Stalking: Is the intentional and repeated following or harassing of another person that would cause a reasonable person to feel alarmed or to suffer emotional distress.  Stalking shall include but not be limited to the intentional and repeated uninvited presence of the perpetrator at another person’s home, workplace, school, or any place which would cause a reasonable person to be alarmed, or to suffer emotional distress as a result of verbal or behaviorally implied threats of death, bodily injury, sexual assault, kidnapping, or any other statutory criminal act to himself or any member of his family or any person with whom he is acquainted. 
     
  • Sexual Assault: Sexual assault is any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient. Falling under the definition of sexual assault are sexual activities as forced sexual intercourse, forcible sodomy, child molestation, incest, fondling, and attempted rape.


Risk Reduction

Bystander Intervention:  A bystander is any person who is present during and a witness to an event. Bystander intervention is an essential component in preventing sexual violence because it addresses harmful behaviors before they escalate.

  • Watch out for your fellow employees and students if you see someone who looks like they are in trouble, ask if they are okay. If you see a friend doing something they shouldn’t, say something.
  • Be respectful of yourself and others. Make sure any sexual act is OK with your partner if you initiate.
  • Speak up if someone says something offensive, derogatory, or abusive, let them know that behavior is wrong and you don’t want to be around it. Don’t laugh at racist, sexist, homophobic jokes. Challenge your peers to be respectful.
  • Believe someone who discloses a sexual assault, abusive relationship, or experience with stalking or cyber stalking.  Let them know resources are available.

Take Away the Advantages:

  • Be aware of your surroundings. Knowing where you are and who is around you may help you to find a way to get out of a bad situation.
  • Try to avoid isolated areas. It is more difficult to get help if no one is around.
  • Don't allow yourself to be isolated with someone you don’t trust or someone you don’t know.
  • Limit your consumption of intoxicants to the point where you can still defend yourself if you have to (a survey of students at 171 institutions of higher education revealed that alcohol was involved in 74% of all sexual assaults).
  • Trust your instincts. If a situation or location feels unsafe or uncomfortable, it probably isn’t the best place to be.


Resources

Listed below are resources available to employees, faculty, residents and students that can provide assistance regarding sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and/or stalking.

MEDICAL:

• LSU Interim Hospital - Emergency Department
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE)

2021 Perdido St., New Orleans, LA 70112
Provides a medical examination  in a safe and private area, and advocates for medical, legal and emotional needs of sexual assault victims.  For questions call (504) 903-3144 or (504) 903-4546.

COUNSELING, ADVOCACY & LEGAL RESOURCES:

• Metropolitan Center for Women and Children (New Orleans area)
(504) 837-5400
1-888-411-1333
http://mcwcgno.org/

• Crescent House (Orleans Parish)
(504) 866-9554
http://nolaresourceguide.org/listings/crescent-house-healing-empowerment-center/

• Iris Domestic Violence Center (Baton Rouge area)
(225) 389-3001
1-800-541-9706
http://www.stopdv.org/

• STAR: Sexual Trauma Awareness & Response (Baton Rouge area)
(225) 383-7273
http://www.brstar.org/

• Faith House of Acadiana (Lafayette area)
(337) 232-8954
http://faithhouseacadiana.com/

• Hearts of Hope: Sexual Abuse Response Center (Lafayette area)
(337) 233-7273
http://www.theheartsofhope.org/

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

• Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Criminal Justice
http://lcle.la.gov/

• Louisiana District Attorney's Association
http://www.ldaa.org/

• Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence
http://lcadv.org/

• New Orleans Family Justice Center
http://www.nofjc.org/


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