Education + Engagement

Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Program
The Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Program is taught by a certified Emmanuel College Campus Safety Officer and empowers female students, faculty and staff to combat various types of assaults by providing realistic self-defense tactics and techniques.

Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Training
Emmanuel College is required by law to have a written policy on sexual harassment and discrimination and to make employees aware of that policy. To ensure that employees fully understand these policies and discrimination in all its forms, we require all new faculty and staff to complete an online, web-based training program every three years. To access the training, please visit the Harassment Training website.

Campus Safety Senior Command Staff
Emmanuel College has 10 sexual assault investigators dual certified by the BU School of Medicine and MA Criminal Justice Training Council: Jack Kelly, Walter Carlson, Scott Jennings, Ken MacGregor, Gerard Regan, Brian Lilly, Frederick Morse, Brian Mulhern, Dermot Moriarty and Kevin Callahan (patrol officer). Campus Safety Command Staff

Sexual Assault Response Team (SART)

Dr. Joe Onofrietti, Dean of Students, 617-264-7637
Dr. Brenda Hawks, Director of Counseling, 617-735-9920
Fr. John Spencer, S.J., Associate Vice President for Mission + Ministry, 617-735-9780
Susan Benzie, Director of Residence Life, 617-264-7601
Lauren Davis, NP, Director of Health Services,  617-264-7678
Jack Kelly, Director of Campus Safety, 617-735-9710
Erin Farmer Noonan, Director of Human Resources 617-735-9991

PTSD Informational Videos

Understanding PTSD Informational Packet

Risk-Reduction Tips

Personal Safety Tips


The most common type of rape is "acquaintance rape," committed by someone the victim knows. To minimize the chance of acquaintance rape, keep the following points in mind:

  1. Alcohol and drug consumption may increase aggressiveness, suppress normal inhibitions, impair judgment and increase your susceptibility to peer pressure.
  2. Drink only beverages you can identify and never leave a drink unsupervised.
  3. Avoid being alone in a secluded place with someone you do not know well.
  4. Before going to parties, always be sure you have a safe way of getting home.
  5. Be clear about your sexual intentions; communicate your limits clearly. Do not give mixed messages - say yes when you mean yes; no when you mean no.
  6. Always trust your instincts. If you feel uneasy or sense something is wrong about a situation, leave immediately.


Bystander Intervention

Signs of Stalking
Stalking occurs when a person repeatedly watches, follows or harasses you, making you feel afraid, unsafe or uncomfortable. It is intentional and often uncontrolled. A stalker can be someone you know, a past boyfriend or girlfriend or a stranger.

Here are some examples of what a stalker may do:

  • Show up at your residence or place of work unannounced or uninvited
  • Send you unwanted text messages, letters, emails and voicemails, often repeatedly and numerous
  • Follow you with or without your knowledge
  • Leave items like gifts or flowers that could seem romantic or non-threatening but are unwanted
  • Constantly call and hang up
  • Use social networking sites and technology to track you or repeatedly try to engage you
  • Spread rumors about you via the internet or word of mouth
  • Call your employer or professor
  • Wait at places you hang out or outside your classroom or residence
  • Try to get information about you through others, ie looking at your Facebook page through someone else's page or befriending your friends in order to get more information about you.
  • Damage your home, car or other property.

(Adapted from website)

Men Ending Sexual Violence
The suggestions below are designed to help all men become advocates for change:

  • Approach gender violence as a men's issue involving men of all ages and socioeconomic, racial and ethnic backgrounds. Learn to view men not only as perpetrators or possible offenders, but as empowered bystanders who can confront abusive peers.
  • If a brother, friend, classmate or teammate is abusing his partner of any gender - or is disrespectful or abusive to girls and women in general - don't look the other way. If you feel comfortable doing so, try to talk to him about it. Or if you don't know what to do, consult a friend, a parent, a professor or a counselor. DON'T REMAIN SILENT.
  • Have the courage to look inward. Question your own attitudes. Don't be defensive when something you do or say ends up hurting someone else. Try hard to understand how your own attitudes and actions might inadvertently perpetuate sexism and violence, and work toward changing them.
  • If you suspect that someone close to you is being abused or has been sexually assaulted, gently ask if you can help.
  • If you are emotionally, psychologically, physically, or sexually abusive, or have been in the past, seek professional help NOW.
  • Be an ally to those women and men working to end all forms of gender violence. Support the work of campus-based women's centers. Attend "Take Back the Night" rallies and other public events. Raise money for community-based rape crisis centers and battered women's shelters. If you belong to a team or fraternity, or another student group, organize an inservice and/or a fundraiser.
  • Recognize and speak out against homophobia and gay-bashing. Discrimination and violence against lesbians and gays also has direct links to sexism (e.g. the sexual orientation of men who speak out against sexism is often questioned, a conscious or unconscious strategy intended to silence them. This is a key reason few men do so).
  • Attend programs, take courses, watch films, and read articles and books about multicultural masculinities, gender inequality, and the root causes of gender violence. Educate yourself and others about how larger social forces affect the conflicts between individual men and women. Harvard University has developed a good website for men interested in sexual violence prevention. Networking and connecting with other men concerned about this issue is a good first step.
  • Don't fund sexism. Refuse to purchase any magazine, rent any video, subscribe to any Web site, or buy any music that portrays girls or women in a sexually degrading or abusive manner. Protest sexism in the media.
  • Mentor and teach young boys about how to be men in ways that don't involve degrading or abusing girls and women.
  • Volunteer to work with gender violence prevention programs, including anti-sexist men's programs. Lead by example.

Jackson Katz (©1999)

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