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Natalie Spiert

Natalie Spiert

Assistant Director of Sexual Civility and Empowerment at Ohio State University, Sexual Violence Prevention Educator, Creator of Long-term Advocacy Intervention Model, TEDx Speaker & Author.

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Disconnecting Discourse

Responding to Sexual Assault on College Campuses

There is a social epidemic infecting the college experience. Young people are seeking guidance from an environment of intellectual pursuit disconnected from the practical concerns of everyday life.

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Synopsis

There is a social epidemic infecting the college experience. Young people are seeking guidance from an environment of intellectual pursuit disconnected from the practical concerns of everyday life.

Campus sexual assault is a significant problem and the conversations we are having are not widespread enough or having real impact on college campuses in the US.

Higher education administration has, up until now, missed the mark on their approach to sexual violence on college campuses. This book is a conversation we are not having and a solution to a problem we often ignore. 

In Disconnecting Discourse: Responding to Sexual Assault on College Campuses, Natalie Spiert teaches readers how to dismantle the obstacles caused by bureaucracy and ignorance.

This book empowers students and higher education administrators to take control, and together, to challenge what is expected and what we are told to do versus the reality of what can actually help create a safer community on college campuses. Readers will have a better understanding of what universities are doing and will be encouraged to counteract the reactionary effect we have in American culture: 

That we are better at solving problems than preventing problems, which compromises our ability to make informed decisions and implement methods of prevention and intervention. Because of this, sexual assault policies are misguided by a lack of understanding about 1) what sexual violence is, and 2) what is causing it. This, in turn, has compromised the social and gender barriers around sexual assault and violence.

This book brings clarity to those misconceptions and offers forward thinking solutions to traditional and outdated prevention methodologies. When people have a better understanding of what is causing sexual assault, violation and misconduct on campus and in society, then we will be able to take appropriate action to prevent it. Readers will also learn tools and mechanisms to not only prevent sexual assault, but also how to spread awareness on campus and influence higher education policy.

For decades, higher education administrators have accepted that even educated people can't understand or solve the complex issues around sexual assault on campus. Colleges and universities, fear of potential lawsuits, media backlash, and loss of federal funding leaving them impulsively grabbing for solutions to check the federally mandated boxes that they rarely take initiative to think outside of them.

With little direction and vague recommendations from those mandates, universities are trapped in the attempt to fulfill institutional missions, retain students through graduation, and continue academic and community excellence while recruiting new students. 

There is not a single moment to step back and reevaluate the underlying contributing factors leading to this social epidemic infecting the college experience. There is also no appropriate foundation on which to accept and take action from active student voices. These reactionary responses from government agencies, colleges, prevention efforts, and the student community are not only damaging to the students involved but also to the entire university and surrounding community, that are suffering from an ill-informed discourse.

Natalie Spiert educates students and higher education administrators on sexual topics that are often overlooked and missed in order to aid in misconception around on college campuses. Having discussed various issues and sexual behavior with more than 500 students as well as higher education administrator colleagues, she is an expert on sexual assault on college campuses and methods of prevention that actually make a difference.

Outline

Chapters and subtopics:

1. Millennial Generation population

  • Needs and social expectations of the millennial population
  • What do millennials need to know about sex, that we aren’t telling them?
  • Sexual assault on a college campus looks different then what you would expect

2. Gender socialization

  • Early introduction to adopting gender roles and sexual expectation and how this is contributing to the increase rates of sexual assaults occurring on college campuses

3. System monopolization

  • Checking a box verse making an impact
    • Mandates verse reality
  • Rape crisis centers verse university bureaucracy
    • There can only be one “expert” at the table when it comes discussing sexual assault

4. Actuality verse media and imaginary portrayal of sexual assault

  • What is the media really telling us about sex, gender, and sexual assault
    • How this might be leading in a sexually violent college experience

5. Long-term social and economic impact for college students and communities

  • Advance research ideologies regarding sexual assault support and prevention

  • Challenging the way we educate and prevent sexual assault on college campuses

    • Victim Re-victimization prevention
  • Community impact

    • Social change model

    • Making a lasting change
  • Audience

    This book is for higher and secondary education administrative professionals, faculty members as well as social workers, counselors, and advocates working with college student populations. This book also serves as an informative tool for parents and college-aged students.

    Primary: Higher education administrators who are responsible for amending, upholding and implementing policies and procedures regarding sexual assault.

    The problem is in the way higher education administrators have structure and influenced behavior on campus. If higher admins read this book and understood this issue, and if students could read this and collectively come together to influence policies on the administration side, there would be significant results on preventing sexual assault on campus.

    Secondary: Students and college campuses (millennial students) and the generations entering college, whom the systems of support and prevention, of which currently lack sufficient standards, must be designed around.

    Students have the voice, but higher education admins can make the change of policy. It takes both. Student needs to have a say and ensure that how admins are laying foundation and policy that it truly has an impact on preventing sexual assault on campus. 

    Tertiary: Parents, who can adequately prepare their children before and during secondary school and college, as well as during early childhood development.

    • Women in the traditional age range for college students—from eighteen to twenty-one—are four times more likely to be sexually assaulted than women in any other age group, and college-bound women are at greater risk than their non-college-bound peers.
    • The rate of arrests and convictions in these cases is not only low—7% and 2%, respectively—but also well below the average reported nationally. As the Tribune, “The trend leaves untold numbers of college women feeling betrayed and vulnerable, believing 
    • Fewer than 5 percent of completed and attempted sexual assaults on college students are brought to the attention of campus authorities or law enforcement. Even fewer of these incidents are rigorously adjudicated.

    According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, RAINN and the American Association of University Professors, in 2015:

    • 1 in 5 women and 1 in 16 men are sexually assaulted while in college
    • More than 50% of college sexual assaults occur in either August, September, October, or November
    • Students are at an increased risk during the first few months of their first and second semesters in college
    • More than 90% of sexual assault victims on college
      campuses do not report the assault 
    • Among college women, 9 in 10 victims of rape and sexual assault knew their offender
    • For every 1,000 women attending a college or university, there are 35 incidents of rape each academic year.
    • Women ages 18-24 are at an elevated risk (4x) of sexual violence
    • Male college-aged students (18-24) are 78% more likely than non-students of the same age to be a victim of rape or sexual assault
    • 81% of women and 35% of men report significant
      short-term or long-term impacts such as PostTraumatic
      Stress Disorder (PTSD)
    • Annually, rape costs the U.S. more than any other
      crime ($127 billion), followed by assault ($93 billion),
      murder ($71 billion), and drunk driving ($61 billion)

    These statistics prove there is a misalignment between students and higher administration in having a lasting impact on preventing sexual assault and increasing safety on campus. We need to start more conversations and discuss how to prevent sexual assault, now!

    Author

    Natalie Spiert oversees sexual violence prevention and support for The Ohio State University as Assistant Director of Sexual Civility and Empowerment. She has met with and discussed various issues and sexual behavior with hundreds students. Also holding a Masters in Social Work and Bachelors of Arts, she constantly dismantles obstacles caused by bureaucracy and ignorance. Natalie pioneers the self-created Holistic Healing Model, an intervention method used to support the long-term healing of victims/survivors.

    Natalie is responsible for pioneering and developing of the Holistic Healing Model used with victims/survivors and the creation of the Student Civility Program at the Ohio State University. Natalie is a recipient of the 2016 Women of Distinction Award from the 6th annual Hats & Gloves Women's Tea.

    Promotion

    Natalie is backed and supported by several partners and colleagues in the field of sexual assault, violation and prevention, as well as students at Ohio State University. This book is for this audience of readers, and will be the main medium to obtain preorders.

    Larger orders and corporate sponsors will come from pre-existing relationships, speaking engagements and academic supporters. These will also act as distribution points for the book during preorders.

    Competition

    Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town

    By Jon Krakauer

    Published by Anchor, Reprint edition (January 12, 2016)

    Journalist Jon Krakauer investigates a spate of campus rapes that occurred in Missoula over a four-year period. Taking the town as a case study for a crime that is sadly prevalent throughout the nation, Krakauer documents the experiences of five victims: their fear and self-doubt in the aftermath; the skepticism directed at them by police, prosecutors, and the public; their bravery in pushing forward and what it cost them. He demonstrates that rape does not happen because women are sending mixed signals or seeking attention. They are victims of a terrible crime, deserving of fairness from our justice system.

    The Hunting Ground: The Inside Story of Sexual Assault of American College Campuses

    By Kirby Dick, Amy Ziering and Constance Matthiessen

    Published by Hot Books (May 17, 2016)

    This book includes personal stories told by female students—and the obstinate refusal of college administrators and law enforcement authorities to recognize the severity of the problem—that will rivet readers. It is meant to be a catalyst of discussion across college campuses across the nation.


    We Believe You: Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out

    By Annie E. Clark and Andrea L. Pino

    Published by Holt Paperbacks (April 12, 2016)

    Students from every kind of college and university―large and small, public and private, highly selective and less so―share experiences of trauma, healing, and everyday activism, representing a diversity of races, economic and family backgrounds, gender identities, immigration statuses, interests, capacities, and loves. Theirs is a bold, irrefutable sampling of voices and stories that should speak to all.


    Asking for It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture--and What We Can Do about It

    By Kate Harding

    Published by Da Capo Lifelong Books (August 25, 2015)

    This book combines in-depth research with an in-your-face voice to make the case that twenty-first-century America supports rapists more effectively than it supports victims. Drawing on real-world examples of what feminists call "rape culture"—from politicos' revealing gaffes to institutional failures in higher education and the military—Harding offers ideas and suggestions for how we, as a society, can take sexual violence much more seriously without compromising the rights of the accused.


    Yes Mean Yes!: Visions of Female Sexual Power and A World Without Rape

    By Jaclyn Friedman and Jessica Valenti

    Published by Seal Press (December 2, 2008)

    Yes Means Yes will bring to the table a dazzling variety of perspectives and experiences focused on the theory that educating all people to value female sexuality and pleasure leads to viewing women differently, and ending rape. Yes Means Yes aims to have radical and far-reaching effects: from teaching men to treat women as collaborators and not conquests, encouraging men and women that women can enjoy sex instead of being shamed for it, and ultimately, that our children can inherit a world where rape is rare and swiftly punished.

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    • Penny Winkle on Jan. 9, 2017, 10:06 p.m.

      Congratulations, Natalie!

    • Andrea Goldblum on Jan. 10, 2017, 4:31 p.m.

      Hi, Natalie. This looks great!

      Will you be attending ASCA or the NASPA Sexual Violence conferences this year?

    • Natalie Spiert on Jan. 11, 2017, 2:56 p.m.

      HI Andrea -

      Thank you for your support. I am presenting at NASPA Sexual Violence conference, NASPA in San Antonio, ACPA, and OACPA. Lots of presentations!

      Thank again!

      Cheers

    • Pam Otten on Jan. 15, 2017, 4:44 p.m.

      I cannot wait to read the book! Best of luck on it's launch!

    • Toni Anspaugh on Jan. 20, 2017, 11:47 a.m.

      Proud of you!!!!

    • Robert 2Reff on Jan. 31, 2017, 2:49 p.m.

      Great work and good luck!

    • Erin Otten on Jan. 31, 2017, 3:35 p.m.

      GOOD LUCK NATALIE!!!! I can't wait to read the book and I know a publishing deal is going to come through.

    • Grace Grudowski on Jan. 31, 2017, 3:39 p.m.

      Very excited to support you through this next chapter of your career expansion :)

    • Craig Stone on Jan. 31, 2017, 5:01 p.m.

      I will share this exciting opportunity with my colleagues. Thanks! Chief Stone, OSUPD.

    • Annie McGreevy on Feb. 6, 2017, 1:56 a.m.

      Thank you for taking on this difficult work. I teach freshman English at OSU and come up against ingrained rape culture all the time.

    • Natalie Spiert on Feb. 7, 2017, 2:18 a.m.

      Thank you all for your support!!! I appreciate your words of encouragement :) Cheers!!

    • Vanessa Lantis on Feb. 7, 2017, 12:48 p.m.

      I'm so proud of all your accomplishments my friend. Wishing you all the success in the world! Xoxo Vanessa

    • Celia Wright on Feb. 7, 2017, 3:37 p.m.

      Congratulations! :) Can't wait to read.

    • Sheri Dilley on Feb. 7, 2017, 4:40 p.m.

      Can you please donate 4 of the books to those who may need them? Just make sure you sign the one you send me!

    • Vanilla Valley on Feb. 11, 2017, 2:37 p.m.

      Proud of you! I'm so excited!

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