Cincinnati Task Force to Reduce Campus Gender-Based Violence

September 16th, 2015  |  Published in News

Councilmember PG Sittenfeld, Area Universities, Women Helping Women, Law Enforcement Unveil

Cincinnati Task Force to Reduce Gender-Based Violence

CINCINNATI – City Councilmember PG Sittenfeld, leadership from area Universities, Women Helping Women, and Law Enforcement announced on September 15 the creation of a task force to reduce campus gender-based violence in the City of Cincinnati.

“To date, the voice and leadership of local governments across the nation has been in the background at best and silent at worst. As we see an increase in the number of sexual assaults and other gender-based violence being reported across the state and here in our city, this task force will strive to ensure our city is addressing these issues proactively with collaborative solutions,” said Sittenfeld.

The following institutions, organizations, and government entities are participating in and represented on the task force:

The City of Cincinnati; the Cincinnati Police Department (CPD); the University of Cincinnati; Xavier University; Cincinnati Christian University; Cincinnati State; the Norwood Police Department; Women Helping Women; SANE: Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (Butler County); GCCCU: Greater Cincinnati Consortium of Colleges and Universities; the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office; Cincinnati Public Schools; and the United Way of Greater Cincinnati. The Task Force, which is being co-chaired by Kristin Shrimplin, Executive Director of Women Helping Women and Kate Lawson, Title IX Coordinator at Xavier University, also said any other community stakeholders are welcome to participate.

The group will convene for the next 8 months, during which time it will launch a city-wide awareness campaign; create a centralized portal for victim services; reform policies and procedures; and issue a report of best practices. Task Force subcommittees have been established in the following areas: 1)Awareness & Prevention 2)Survivor Access & Support and 3)Policies & Protocol.

In collaboration with the national It’s On Us campaign launched by the White House last fall, the task force will also launch a campaign called It’s On Us – Cincinnati.

Said co-chair Kristin Shrimplin:

“Our message is that gender-based violence is far too common, complex, and consequential to be addressed, eliminate, or prevented by any one program or by any one community partner. Instead, like any other public health epidemic, it requires a collaborative response to create a culture change. Our campuses, our community, our friends, our family members, all of us deserve to live and thrive in a community that is free of gender-based violence and free of the acceptance of such violence.

You can email itsonuscincinnati@cincinnati-oh.gov to get involved.