April is Sexual Assault Awareness month. Canisius students, faculty and staff are wearing teal ribbons to raise awareness of the prevalence of sexual assault in an effort to prevent sexual assault at Canisius.

Canisius continues to work to raise awareness about sexual assault. All first year students have been required to participate in Step Up Griffs Bystander Intervention training during Freshman Orientation. The Step Up Griffs peer education program, developed in the spirit of cura personalis, is a great example of student involvement as upperclass undergraduate and graduate students encourage first year students to take care of each other by becoming active bystanders in situations that could lead to sexual violence. The purpose of Bystander Intervention Training is for our students to step up to help prevent a sexual assault from occurring. Students are encouraged to become active bystanders and to take action when they see their friends in situations that could possibly lead to a sexual assault.

It’s important for all members of the Canisius community to know how to report a sexual assault and how to access support if a sexual assault occurs:
Sexual Assault reporting:
https://www.canisius.edu/student-experience/student-affairs/title-ix-coordinator
Sexual Assault Support Services
On-campus:
The Counseling Center and the Student Health Center are two confidential resources for on campus support.
Off-campus:
Crisis Services
716.834.3131 (24-Hour Emergency Mental Health Services)
Crisis Services is staffed 24 hours a day by trained volunteers who are able to connect with professional counselors for emergency outreach. Crisis services will send a counselor to meet you in the emergency room.