Inside Higher Ed
August 20th, 2014
Most faculty members aren’t trained counselors, but they may find
themselves on the front lines of the campus sexual assault problem
anyway. Based on course content, a personal connection, or a feeling
that they have nowhere else to turn, students sometimes disclose their
experiences with assault or harassment to trusted professors who want to
help but aren’t sure how. Other faculty members who don't have students
confiding in them may still want to do more to curb sexual violence on
their campuses. And others have been outspoken about the issue and faced
pushback from fellow faculty members or administrators.
A new national organization, Faculty Against Rape, or FAR, aims to
help professors obtain resources on campus sexual assault and to build a
sense of community and protection among like-minded peers (FAR’s
website tagline is “Protect your academic freedom”).