A message from the School of Social Work

As a country and a profession we have been engaged in a national discussion stemming from accusations about sexual assault against women. Based on current reports, these acts involved egregious disregard of the human rights and dignity of women. The national outcry spoke to the fact that sexual abuse and assault—in all forms—is an affront to all Americans, not just the victims.

The School of Social Work in the J. Williams Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences stands with the National Association of Social Workers stating its unconditional support of those who call for policies, laws, and a national consensus to end the culture of sexual predatory behaviors. Women and girls from all social, cultural, and income groups are subject to specific forms of physical, sexual, and psychological violence because of their gender. One in 5 women will be raped at some point in their lives. Nearly 50% of multiracial women and 45% of Indian/Alaskan Native women report sexual violence against them at some point in their life. NASW and the social work profession have always been at the forefront for the fight for human rights, which has included addressing inequities and violent acts against women.

It is important that we remember that such debasement of women occurs all too frequently in this country and in the world. We also must recognize that sexual harassment, sexual assault, and related violence against women happens in the workplace, in government agencies, in the military, in educational institutions, and in nearly every setting where men maintain positions of power over women. The motivation for perpetrators of sexual harassment is a systemic pattern to assert control.

The School stands with NASW and reaffirms its long held human and civil rights values that demand full commitment to eliminating all forms of sexual harassment, sexual assaults, and the use of power to coerce women into unwanted and unsolicited sexual contact. We will remain active in promoting women’s rights to safety[1].

If you have been a victim of sexual assault and need assistance these resources are available to you in the Northwest Arkansas area:

Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter
Crisis Hotline Answered 24 hours a day or 1-800-775-9011 or 479-246-9999 
NWAWS.org

Northwest Arkansas Center for Sexual Assault
24 hour hotline 479-927-1020 or 1-800-794-4175
nwasexualassault.org

University of Arkansas Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
479-575-5276
health.uark.edu/mentalhealth

 

[1] Adapted from NASW News Release “Legislation, policies needed to prevent and end culture of sexual harassment, violence”