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It's On Us logo "It's On Us" Week of Action

 

This week, November 17-21, is the official "It's On Us" Week of Action across campuses nationwide. The week of events, advocacy and activism is being coordinated by Generation Progress, the progressive, nonprofit interest group that has partnered with the White House on the "It's On Us" campaign. 

 

The Week of Action is well-timed with the latest PSA release from the "It's On Us" campaign, which focuses on bystander intervention, specifically by men when they believe there is potential for a sexual assault.

 

Generation Progress notes that they have planned more than 150 events in 35 states. These events range from roundtable discussions about sexual violence and self-defense to bystander intervention training and collecting signatures for the "It's On Us" pledge. Two universities, the University of South Carolina and Clemson, are holding a friendly competition this week to see who can raise the most pledges as part of their Week of Action activities. To date, at least 40 colleges and universities have created their own "It's On Us" PSAs and have become involved with the "It's On Us" campaign. 

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Preparing for and Responding to Cyberbullying: Tips for Law Enforcement 

Cyberbullying is a growing problem among several age groups that occurs across a variety of mediums in cyberspace including on computers, cell phones and tablets, through video-sharing sites and social media, and in interactive apps and gaming systems. According to the Cyberbullying Research Center, 95% of teens in the US are online and 74% access the internet on their mobile devices. This access to technology provides opportunities for cyberbullies and makes users susceptible to victimization. Many studies show that cyberbullying is prevalent in primary and secondary schools and recent research suggests that cyberbullying continues in college. One study, discussed in the article Cyberbullying in College: Frequency, Characteristics, and Practical Implications,1 found that in a diverse sample of 613 university students, 19% reported being a victim of cyberbullying in college and 35% of this subsample reported being cyberbullied in high school.

To become involved in cyberbullying prevention and response efforts, law enforcement officers can learn about the state and local laws concerning online behaviors and speak to students and school administrators about these laws and their respective roles regarding prevention of and response to cyberbullying incidents. The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) have jointly released Preparing and Responding to Cyberbullying: Tips for Law Enforcement. This tool includes recommendations to address cyberbullying from subject matter experts working in law enforcement, youth trauma, mental health, computer crimes, victim services and education and provides guidance on cyberbullying prevention, preparation for incidents, response and investigation. You may download a copy of the tip card, in English or Spanish, and view a list of cyberbullying resources for law enforcement on the IACP website.

1 Zalaquett, Carlos P. & Chatters, SeriaShia J. (2014). Cyberbullying in College: Frequency, Characteristics, and Practical Implications. SAGE Open. doi: 10.1177/2158244014526721. 
Professional Development Opportunities

 

Title:Introduction to Juvenile Interview and Interrogation Techniques 

Host:Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention  

Dates: November 20-21, 2014  

Location: Columbus, OH

Fee: Free
Information and Registration

Title: Law Enforcement & Security's Role in Crisis Events

Host: Rhodes State College 

Dates: December 2, 2014 (registration deadline, November 24)   

Location: Kent, OH 

Fee: Registration Fee
Information and Registration: Email Mike Webber or call 419-348-9612

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This project was supported by Grant No. 2013-MU-BX-K011 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the US Department of Justice.