Cyberstalking = Stalking: It is Serious
January is National Stalking Awareness Month and an opportune time to provide information and create awareness regarding stalking, specifically the potential of cyberstalking in the workplace.
The CDC reports 1 in 6 women and 1 in 19 men have been victims of stalking (The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey: 2010 Summary Report. 2011). Though stalking does affect millions of men and women every year, it is often misunderstood, minimized and/or ignored.
In the article “The Use of Technology to Stalk and the Workplace”, Maya Raguem, a senior attorney at Futures Without Violence, stresses the role employers should play when someone in the workplace is a victim or perpetrator of cyberstalking. Recognizing stalking is the first step. Raghu cites a recent study by the U.S. Department of Justice that found unwanted phone calls, messages, letters and emails were the most common forms of cyber stalking. Other examples include email spoofing, text messaging and sexting, impersonating the victim on social media, online impersonations of the victim to place online sex ads or solicit sex and the use of GPS to track the victim.
If you notice any of these examples, act. Don’t ignore it. Don’t downplay it. Don’t assume someone else will report. If you are made aware of potential stalking, it is important that any concerns are taken seriously and reported appropriately. Contact your supervisor or the Title IX Coordinator. Michigan Tech ensures its faculty and staff a safe workplace free from discrimination and harassment.
More information on Michigan Tech’s Policies:
- In case of emergency, dial 911
- Public Safety and Police Services丨206 MacInnes Drive 丨906-487-2216
- Michigan Tech Title IX Policies and Procedures
- Title IX Coordinator 丨 Kirsti Arko丨Admin 306 丨 906-487-3310丨 firstname.lastname@example.org
Support and Counseling
- Title IX Resources
- Ombuds Office
- Michigan Tech’s Employee Assistance Program
- Counseling Services (for students)
New NSF Policy Regarding Sexual and Other Forms of Harassment Reporting Requirements
Please visit the Research Newsblog website to read about the new policy requirements and FAQs from the NSF. A Michigan Tech website will be created that will provide more information as it is provided.
Michigan Tech "It's On Us" video
State of Michigan New Confidential, 24-hour Sexual Assault Hotline
The hotline will "provide crisis support and referrals to survivors and their friends and family". The launch was announced by Gov. Rick Snyder and First Lady Sue Snyder. The hotline number is 1-855-VOICES4 (1-855-864-2374). For more information, please visit the State of Michigan's "Let's End Campus Sexual Assault" Resources page.
Teal Takeover on Wednesday, September 19
September 19 is the fourth anniversary of It's On Us. Order of Omega is raising awareness for It's On Us and supporting survivors by hosting a TEAL TAKEOVER. Order of Omega will be handing out teal ribbons from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Library. Wear teal that day to show your support.
5th Annual "Ride Against Abuse" on Monday, October 1, 2018 beginning at 6 p.m.
The Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter holds this event annually to create an awareness of Domestic Violence. The motorcycle ride will start in Calumet, follow M-26 through Lake Linden, Hancock, and Houghton, and end at the Chutes and Ladders parking lot. Please feel free to participate in the ride or line up along the route to show your support! Please see the event poster for more information, or follow the Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter Home on Facebook for other events and programming opportunities.
Michigan Tech representatives attending the 4th Annual Let's End Sexual Assault Summit
The summit takes place on Monday, September 24 at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. The mission stated on the Let's End Campus Sexual Assault website states,
"Campus sexual assault has been a long standing and often overlooked problem both in Michigan and across the country. Many believe sexual assault won't happen to them, to someone they know or be committed by someone they know. It is common to think sexual assault isn't happening where I am, when in reality it can happen to anyone. The “Let’s End Campus Sexual Assault” initiative brings together university officials, students, law enforcement, stakeholders and legislators for a discussion on how we can inform students, empower survivors and bystanders, and prevent sexual assault on campuses."
Domestic Violence Support Group: If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, our support group can help.
Crisis Intervention Training was held on Saturday, June 30
Dial Help was at the Portage Lake District Library and conducted a training to teach how to support someone in crisis.
Upper Peninsula Human Trafficking Task Force took place on Thursday, January 25, 2018
The recently re-established Upper Peninsula Human Trafficking Task Force (UPHTTF) teamed with the Department of Justice and Michigan State Police to bring Human Trafficking Community Awareness to the UP during Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Human trafficking occurs anywhere there is vulnerability and hides in plain sight. Faculty, staff, students and community members were invited to an open session from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 25, 2018 in MUB Ballroom B. Read more information in the December 14 Tech Today article or view the Human Trafficking Task Force poster.
MCEDSV Training and Presentations took place on Wednesday, August 23, 2017
The Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence (MCEDSV) came to campus on Wednesday, August 23. There was an "Open Campus Session" from 4 - 5 p.m. in the MUB Alumni Lounge. Please view the schedule and agenda for more information about the Title IX Training that they provided.
Crisis Intervention Training took place on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at the Portage Lake District Library
Please call Dial Help at 906-482-9077 to register.
President Trump's administration recently rescinded a "Dear Colleague Letter" that had been issued by the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education last year regarding the inclusion of transgender students in schools. Much of the attention on the previous "Dear Colleague Letter" focused on restroom usage, but the document included far-reaching guidance to make sure transgender students are fully included and welcomed at their schools, colleges, and universities.
It is important to know that Michigan Tech’s commitment to creating a safe and respectful environment for all employees and students, regardless of their gender identity or expression, is unwavering.
We have and will continue to work together as a community to create an inclusive and welcoming environment through initiatives including all gender bathrooms, open housing, discussions on inclusion in the classrooms and labs, and the opportunity to implement preferred names in campus systems wherever possible.
T.E.A.L (To Empower And Liberate) Support Group
This is a group that provides support to Michigan Tech Students who have experienced sexual violence including childhood sexual abuse or sexual assault. (T.E.A.L Support Group poster)
This group provides support to individuals of recent or past sexual violence in a safe, non-judgmental group. With the help of group support individuals can find understanding and help by sharing their struggles and triumphs with one another and begin to put their lives back together.
T.E.A.L meets every other Thursday from 6 - 7:30 p.m. on campus. Through discussion, support and education we can help one another.
If you would like more information or meeting information such as date and location, please contact Melissa Maijala at Dial Help Inc. using one of the following methods: call 1-800-562-7622, text 906-35(NEEDS), or email email@example.com.
Michigan Technological University and "It's On Us" Campaign
Take the Pledge and stand up against sexual violence: http://www.itsonus.org
Michigan Tech's "It's On Us" Video
Spring Music Celebration and Silent Auction
On Saturday, May 6 The Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter had their 9th Annual music celebration and silent auction at the Orpheum Theater in Hancock, MI. The silent auction took place from 7 - 9 p.m. and music by Cheap Therapy took place from 7 - 10 p.m. All donations and proceeds will go to The Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter Home. Please view the event poster or visit www.bkgshelterhome.org for more information.
Speaker and Author Aspen Matis
Speaker and author Aspen Matis visited Michigan Tehc's campus on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 in Fisher Hall, Room 135
at 8 p.m. A book signing took place after the event.
Aspen is the author of the internationally bestselling memoir Girl in the Woods, published by HarperCollins in 2015. The book has been called "a powerful read” by O, The Oprah Magazine, and it made The Guardian's annual top 50 list. The New York Times named Aspen Matis “a hero.” www.aspen-matis.com
After being raped on her second night at college, Matis dropped out. Depressed and shocked that her school didn't believe and protect her, she sought solace in a remote wilderness; she found the Pacific Crest Trail and hiked the footpath’s entire length, over 2,000 miles from Mexico to Canada
This event was sponsored by Michigan Tech’s Office of the President, Institutional Equity/Title IX, Student Affairs and Advancement, Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Visiting Women & Minority Lecturer/Scholar Series, Academic and Community Conduct, Human Resources, Housing and Residential Life, Student Health and Wellness, Athletics and Recreation, and the Panhellenic Council.
If you have a question about this event that took place, please contact Beth Lunde-Stockero, Title IX Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Healthy Relationship Week 2016 Events:
RAD Demonstration took place on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 from 4 - 5 p.m.
Stop by the Walker Lawn to preview and participate in Self-Defense tactics as taught by RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) instructors. All genders are welcome to attend this demonstration.
Sex Signals: Took place Wednesday, September 14, 2016 in Fisher 135.
Sex Signals is a nationally known sexual assault prevention program for college students. The program uses an unorthodox, humor-facilitated approach to examining our culture, sex, and the core issue of bystander intervention. The program took place two times, first at 7 p.m., and again at 9 p.m. Seating was first come, first seated.
Funding for this training was provided by the State of Michigan/Michigan Department
of State Police Grants and Community Services Department. Grant Number CSA-5-16 -
Campus Sexual Assault Grant Program.
"It's On Us" Pledge Signing and Chalking was on Thursday, September 15 from 11 a.m - 1 p.m.
From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, September 15 at the Husky Circle, Michigan Tech and Dial Help held a sexual violence prevention awareness campaign event that included distribution of resource information and an "It’s On Us" signature event. Stop by and take the “It’s On Us” pledge to stand up against sexual violence. In the event of inclement weather, this event would have been held on Friday, September 16.
Coffee Sleeves for Sexual Assault Prevention Awareness
On Thursday, September 15, coffee shops on college campuses across the country, including ours thanks to Dining Services, replaced their regular coffee sleeves with #TalkToRAINN coffee sleeves, featuring the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800-656-HOPE and online.rainn.org).
5th Annual Golf Scramble on August 6, 2016 - Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter Home
Took place at Omer's Wyandotte Hills at 5755 Poyhonen Rd., Twin Lakes, MI.
MCEDSV Visits Campus
The Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence (MCEDSV) visited Michigan Tech's campus to present a day of training on April 7, 2016. This coincided with the Week of Action for the "It's On Us" national awareness campaign and Sexual Violence Prevention Month. The event took place from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the Wadsworth Hall Annex.
Workshop topics that were covered are related to Michigan Tech’s ongoing campus sexual assault prevention efforts:
- Working with International Students
- Engaging Boys and Men
- Campus Communities and Inclusive Social Change
- Bystander Engagement
This event was attended by Michigan Tech staff, students, faculty, and community partners. Funding for this training was provided by the State of Michigan/Michigan Department of State Police Grants and Community Services Department. Grant Number CSA-5-16 - Campus Sexual Assault Grant Program. The ABC 10 News covered the workshop with a story titled, “Preventing sexual violence in the Upper Peninsula.” The presentation slides from the training can be found on the Title IX - Training page of our website.
Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter Home: 8th Annual Spring Music Celebration and Silent Auction
Sunday, March 20, 2016 from 4 - 6 p.m. at the Orpheum Theater in Hancock, MI. Click here for more information.
The Hunting Ground film was shown on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 6 p.m. and was followed by a Panel Discussion at 7:45 p.m. at the Portage Lake District Library.
From the intrepid film making behind "The Invisible War" comes a startling esposè of rape culture on US campuses, institutional cover-ups, and the brutal social toll on victims and their families. Weaving together veritè footage and first-person testimonies, the film follows survivors as they pursue their education while fighting for justice. A Question & Answer followed the film with panelists from Michigan Technological University's department of Institutional Equity/Title IX, The Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter Home, and Dial Help, Inc.
Who is Erin Brown? This event took place on Thursday, February 25, 2016 in Fisher 135 at 6 p.m.
Erin Brown is a leader in the world of Body Positivity. Suffering from obesity, sexual assault and the self-esteem issues that came with it her entire life, she is an example of overcoming adversity. Starting as a personal trainer after managing to lose 90 pounds, she realized that the real issue was how people (particularly women) saw themselves. It was almost, to her, like a woman could not be successful unless they were attractive as well. Her mission is to change the way we view that, as well as stressing the importance of being healthy. Visit Erin’s website at iamerinbrown.com.
Please click on the link above for more information about the Til It Happens To You: Sing for Survivors Contest. Submissions were due on Friday, February 26, 2016.
Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter, "The Shelter Song" on YouTube
Rises - Truth Will Set You Free YouTube video
Fundraiser for Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter Home at Joey's Seafood & Grill
On Tuesday, November 10, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., if you mentioned Barbara Kettle Gundlach Fundraiser to your server, 20% of your bill was donated to the shelter. The shelter offers a safe place for victims of domestic violence and their children, by providing safety, support, counseling, and referrals to other agencies in the community. Sponsored by the Women's Leadership Council. For more information contact email@example.com.
October - Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Domestic Violence Awareness Fundraiser - October was Dating and Domestic Violence Awareness Month. On Friday, October 9 from noon to 3 p.m. the women's Programming Committee gave out awareness ribbons and took donations for a local shelter that provides support for victims of Dating and Domestic violence.
Sex Signals was presented on Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 7 p.m. or 9 p.m. in the MUB Ballroom. This program was "a unique combination of improvisational comedy, education and audience participation that provided a provocative, in-your-face look at issues surrounding dating, sex, and date rape on college campuses." Seating was first come first seated. For more info on Sex Signals visit >http://bass-schuler.com/sex-signals/.
Help Side, a film by Jillian Ritchie, was shown on Sunday, October 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the Rozsa Center as part of the 41N Film Festival. All film festival events were free and open to the public. Michigan Tech students needed to present their student ID's. Others visited the Rozsa website to "purchase" free tickets.
Ride Against Abuse - The Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter held the community awareness event "Ride Against Abuse" on Monday, October 5 at 6 p.m. The ride started in front of the AmericInn in Calumet with a ceremony to show support in mourning victims, celebrating survivors, and reaffirming our struggle for a non-violent future. Participants rode their motorcycles from Calumet along US 41 through Hancock and Houghton to create an awareness of Domestic Violence. The ride ended at the Kesterner Waterfront Park parking lot. For more information call the Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter at 337-5632.
Michigan Tech participated in RAINN Day on Thursday, September 17, 2015. RAINN Day is RAINN's (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network) annual day of action to raise awareness and educate students about sexual violence on college campuses. It is a grassroots program designed to empower college students to educate their peers about risk reduction and recovery resources on their campus. #TalkToRAINN. Visit https://rainn.org/ for more information on RAINN.
On Wednesday, September 16, at 4 p.m. on Walker Lawn there was a RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) demonstration by Public Safety and Police Services. Also on Wednesday at 5 p.m. in Dow 642, Beth Lunde-Stockero, Title IX Coordinator, presented the results from the Michigan Tech Title IX Speak UP Sexual and/or Relationship Misconduct Survey which was conducted last spring semester.
On Thursday, September 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the MUB Circle, Michigan Tech and Dial Help held a sexual violence prevention awareness campaign event that included distribution of resource information and a "I Pledge to Speak Up!...For You As a Friend As a Bystander" signature event. Also on Thursday, thanks to Dining Services, coffee sleeves that highlight the RAINN organization information and hotline number were distributed.
Male survivors of childhood sexual abuse have a new way to find support and community online. 1in6 has partnered with RAINN to launch the Peer Support Group (PSG), a new online service for peer-to-peer support among male survivors.
How to Respond to a Survivor from RAINN.org
I am a survivor of rape. YouTube video
On March 28 at 6 p.m. in Fisher 135, Nicole Braddock Bromley, author, speaker and founder of OneVOICE, will travel to MTU to present her keynote entitled "Our Little Secret". Nicole is devoted to spreading a powerful and vital message of hope and inspiration across America and around the globe. She uses her own life story to empower others on a journey from victim to victory and to raise awareness and prevention of issues like sexual abuse, rape and human trafficking. This event is free and open to students and community members. For more info on Nicole's work: www.iamonevoice.org and www.iamonevoice.org
A Q and A session will follow in Wads G 17/19.
I M Perfect: Healing Through Art
During Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Women's Programming Committee is putting on a workshop call "I M Perfect: Healing Through Art". Beth Jukari, a local artist and activist, will guide participants through an interactive workshop, discussing how art and creativity can help us overcome trauma, violence, and hardships. The workshop is on April 9 from 6-7:30 p.m. in MUB Ballroom B.
The Hunting Ground
In cooperation with the MUB Film Board, the movie "The Hunting Ground" will be shown on April 14 at 6 p.m. in Fisher 135. A panel discussion will be held after the viewing.
Square Aware Project
Sponsored by the Women's Programming Committee and Title IX, the Square Aware Project was a collective art piece celebrating survival and healing during Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). Squares were decorated by departments, student organizations, or individuals. The decorated squares were sewn together into large quilts to provide messages of hope and resilience to survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. The quilts were hung up around campus for display throughout the month of April. Please contact the Center for Diversity and Inclusion for more information.