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Rams Against Interpersonal Violence

September 15, 2010

The mission of RAIV (Rams Against Interpersonal Violence) is to represent students in making addressing Interpersonal Violence on campus a priority to be met with resolute support and action. While also working to increase student, faculty, and administration education about Interpersonal Violence.

Spreading awareness

Senior history education major Allison Watt and junior political science and criminal justice major Rachel Drechsler knew they were going to be dealing with some controversial topics as coordinators of the new ASCSU program Rams Against Interpersonal Violence (RAIV).

"Stalking, domestic violence, sexual assault and emotional abuse are all forms of interpersonal violence," said Drechsler.

Watt explains that it can be difficult to find resources for these types of situations and navigating the reporting system. Their job at the head of RAIV is to help make the system for reporting less complicated and connect students and survivors to the right helping agencies.

Back in April, ASCSU President and Vice-President elect Cooper Anderson and Jennifer Babos pushed addressing sexual violence on campus as one of their main campaign platforms.

Changing the way of things

"Both Watt and Dreschler stressed the significance of interpersonal violence, and urge all to stand up against it."

The statistics speak for themselves. 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men in Colorado is a victim of sexual assault.

"People who are victims could be your own brother, sister, friend, boyfriend or girlfriend," says Watt. "It's call Rams Against Interpersonal Violence because we want everyone involved and in this in some way."

While ending interpersonal violence is not a realistic goal, RAIV hopes to bring down the numbers.

What RAIV is doing

Currently Watt and Drechsler are working on a Facebook page and a website to notify students of events and connect them to other helpful resources.

RAIV is also planning to gather a team of runners sporting RAIV gear to run in the Homecoming 5K race on Oct. 16. Then on Oct. 27, RAIV will host the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN) awareness day on the plaza. This event will feature numerous agencies from around Fort Collins.

Contact: RAIV