SAFER Presidential Advisory Committee Annual Status Report 2013-2014:

The committee met eight times during the 2013-2014 academic year.

We completed our first year of the grant award from the Department of Justice Office of Violence against Women.

On Monday, 26 August 2013, a full day of training was provided to 30 student leaders and three faculty and staff members, who were then prepared to facilitate the training of first year students.

SAFER provided bystander intervention training to 97% of all first year students during the autumn semester.

A satisfactory survey sent to participating first year students achieved a 78% completion rate.  Three focus groups were conducted in May 2014.  As a direct result of the training, students endorsed feeling more confident in their ability to enact behaviors that will diminish sexual assault.

A full day of training was provided to Holy Cross judicial board members and police officers in October 2013 as part of this grant.

An array of programming was offered and sponsored or co-sponsored by SAFER during April 2014 for Sexual Assault Awareness month.

  • SAFER initiated and sponsored an effort to participate in Denim Day in April 2014, which raised $403 that was donated to Pathways for Change.
  • The committee also provided two additional bystander intervention trainings for upper level students.
  • The committee sponsored and supported the Relationship Peer Educators (RPE) in the Teal Ribbon Campaign.


In collaboration with graphic arts, SAFER developed a recognizable logo and launched a broad marketing campaign to introduce both SAFER and its training initiatives.

  • Postcards introducing SAFER to the campus community were distributed in autumn 2013.
  • A link to the SAFER website was added to the College's Diversity website.
  • Posters, postcards, and emails listing training dates for bystander intervention workshops were distributed in autumn 2013 and again in spring 2014.
  • A tablecloth utilizing the SAFER logo was created and used at information tables.
  • Cool Beans coffee sleeves advertizing events for sexual assault awareness month were distributed.


A resource sheet of sexual assault resources on and off campus developed and distributed to first year students and other campus members.

There were 6,288 views of the SAFER website for the 2013-2014 fiscal year, providing evidence that people are learning about and accessing our internet resources.