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 Fall 2018 Newsletter
Welcome Back! 

RCGV would like to welcome all of its members back for the Fall 2018 school year. We hope you all enjoyed your summer and are successfully adjusting back into MSU life. We are excited to be back and even more excited to see what our members accomplish in the 2018-2019 school year!
Member Spotlight

Congratulations to Dr. Megan Maas on her nomination for Outstanding Dissertation in the Field of Trauma Psychology. Her dissertation, “A person-centered approach to online sexual experiences and offline sexual and substance use behaviors among female adolescents,” was published in February 2017 and focuses on how female adolescent internet use relates to their sexual health. Way to go, Dr. Maas!


The RCGV is incredibility proud of member Dr. Rebecca Campbell. Dr. Campbell is dedicated to spreading the word about all issues related to gender-based violence. Dr. Campbell is currently a part of "Let’s End Campus Sexual Assault," the initiative started by First Lady Sue Snyder to end sexual assault on college and university campuses. Their mission is to prevent sexual assault by informing and empowering. You inspire all of us, Dr. Campbell!

New Sexual Assault Hotline and Chat Service

Michigan is officially the second state in the nation to offer a confidential sexual assault helpline. The helpline offers around the clock support and resources to Michigan survivors.

The hotline is available to call 24/7 and has counselors ready to help at every hour of everyday. The counselors are located in Okemos, Michigan and have decorated their work space with framed quotes from survivors of Larry Nassar.

Since the highest incidence of sexual assault is recorded to be the first month to six weeks of the school year, having an operational hotline for students when they returned to campus in the fall was top priority. They successfully achieved this goal when the hotline was launched on August 31, 2018.

In related news, Michigan State University’s Sexual Assault Program (SAP) has recently added a chat feature to their website. This chatline directly connects MSU survivors with a confidential Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention (SACI) advocate. These advocates are not professional counselors, but trained volunteers that will direct survivors to the resources that they need. This serves as another resource for immediate survivor support. The chat is available from 10am- 10pm, 7 days a week.

RCGV members are continuing to spread the word about these new resources.

The Hotline can be reached at: 1-855-VOICES4
The Chat is available at:

Upcoming Training Opportunities

Darkness to Light is a non-profit organization whose main objective is to prevent child sexual abuse. On their website, they offer a free training program called “Stewards of Children.”

The goal of the program is to learn how to better “prevent, recognize, and react” to child abuse. This free program includes two hours of training and is also available in person.

The closest in person location to us is in Okemos. To find out more visit the Darkness to Light website

Job Corner 

Social Worker, Counselor, Therapist
Clinton County Medical Center, Psychological Service

Looking to jump start your career in social work or psychology? Clinton County Medical Center is looking to a hire an outpatient mental health therapist for their growing practice. This is a full time position located in Saint Johns, MI. This position's minimum education requirement is a master’s degree. Benefits are available. For more information and to apply click here

Adoption Specialist
Samaritas Michigan
For someone looking to work locally, Samaritas might me be the company for you. Samaritas is a Michigan based non-profit with a vision to " connect people with families and communities, empower them to live their fullest life possible, and create a ripple effect of transformation." Samaritas is looking to hire an Adoption Specialist in Lansing, MI. For more information and easy application click here

Upcoming Events

RCGV Fall Reception 
We hope to see you all Friday, September 28, 3-5pm for the RCGV Fall Reception. The reception will be held in the International Center Room 303. Food and drinks will be provided.

The goal of this reception is to: update our members about any developments from the past year,  learn about new developments of interest to our members, and provide members with time to network and socialize. Please RSVP here.

Ignacio Rivera is coming to MSU
The RCGV is co-sponsoring an event hosted by The Center For Gender in Global Context (GenCen) and the MSU Sexual Assault Program (SAP). GenCen and SAP are bringing Ignacio G. Rivera to MSU on September 27th and 28th. Ignacio G (Hutiá Xeiti) Rivera, M.A. is an Activist, Writer, Educator, Sex(ual) healer, Filmmaker, Performance Artist and Mother. Ignacio has 20 years of experience in RCGV related topics. 

Ignacio’s visit is accompanying an all-day Survivor’s Workshop on Thursday, September 27th.  Ignacio’s public performance is Friday, September 28th from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM, in the RCAH Theater, located in Snyder-Phillips Hall.
We hope you all can make it.
RCGV Student Committee Chair 

The RCGV would like to thank Rachael Goodman-Williams for doing a phenomenal job as the RCGV student committee chair.

However, it is now time for someone new to take over. If you are interested in chairing the RCGV student committee, email Rachael by Monday September 17th. If there is more than one member interested, Rachael will ask each person to send a brief statement about why they are interested in the position and where they plan to take the committee in the upcoming year.  These statements will be sent out to the entire committee for a vote.  
Rachael is excited to help the new chair transition into the position.
 If you are interested please email

Support RCGV Work   

We appreciate your generosity! Money donated to this fund is used to directly support research and outreach activities related to ending and preventing violence against women, and improving the community response to survivors. Contribute now. 

Our MSU Partners 

The Research Consortium on Gender-based Violence (RCGV) provides a collaborative, multi-disciplinary vehicle for Michigan State University faculty and students to engage in social action research that influences significant local, state, national and international practice and policy related to gender-based violence. 

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions on how we can serve you better, please 
 contact our Outreach Coordinator Nala Jackson at
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