Title IX - Ravens CARE

Countering Assault Risk with Education

  • Ravens CARE consists of dedicated, caring student leaders who uphold human dignity by promoting enrichment programs centering on the virtues of kindness and courage and the charism of Benedictine hospitality and community (with programs such as bystander intervention), as well as sexual assault and dating violence prevention and intervention programs (such as self-defense training).
  • CARE develops and delivers various initiatives for the student body related to Title IX and Campus SaVe federal guidelines. CARE leaders are advised by the Counseling Center and consist of both male and female students.
  • Students interested in assisting CARE with future initiatives should apply by contacted Jennifer Schmidt, Counseling Center Assistant Director, at (913)360-7621 or jschmidt@benedictine.edu. All students are invited to contribute to CARE.

It's On Us
Ravens CARE and the Benedictine College Office of Marketing & Communications have collaborated on a new "It's on Us" video, asking the community to take action to prevent dating violence and sexual assault. You can view the video here and take the pledge at http://itsonus.org/#pledge

Calendar of Events

TAKE Defense Training for All Female Students, Employees and Family Members, Sept. 26

Ravens CARE is hosting a free, comprehensive safety awareness and self-defense program for all female students and employees.  Wives and daughters of BC employees are also encouraged to attend.  (If you have female relatives who live near campus, students are welcome to invite them, too!)

TAKE Defense Training is a nationally-recognized program presented by the Ali Kemp Foundation. 

The training will be on Thursday, September 26, from 6:30 pm-8 pm, in the multipurpose room of the Murphy Recreation Center.  Ravens CARE is a student organization committed to Title IX education and strengthening our campus community with peer support training. 

Contact Jennifer Schmidt, Ravens CARE advisor, at jschmidt@benedictine.edu for more information about this event or to schedule a Ravens CARE training for your class or student organization. 

Informational Session for Ravens CARE Programming & Peer Support Training

Ravens CARE (Compassion-Awareness-Resilience-Encounter) is a student advocacy group devoted to strengthening our campus community through programming and peer support for students struggling with a wide range of difficulties.  

Ravens CARE provides an opportunity for Benedictine College students to receive a series of trainings enabling them to apply for an endorsement as a Ravens CARE Peer Support through Benedictine College Counseling Services.   Ravens CARE student leaders will participate in foundational training sessions as well as ongoing training and supervision. 

The first CARE Peer Support meeting of the semester will be on Thursday, September 12 at 5 pm in the Group Therapy Room of the Counseling & Student Health Building.  Students are welcome to bring a brown bag dinner to the meeting.

All students, including freshman, interested in learning more about the CARE Peer Support program should attend this initial meeting.   To learn more, email Jennifer Schmidt, Counseling Center Associate Director and Ravens CARE advisor and supervisor, at jschmidt@benedictine.edu.

Ravens CARE Book Club:  Gunnar’s Daughter by Sigrid Undset, Oct. 10

This one-stop book club discussion will be Thursday, October 10th from 5-7 pm in the Haverty Center Roost Lounge.  All BC students are invited to read this short novel and join the discussion with English literature professor, Dr. Julie Bowen and Ravens CARE members. 

Sigrid Undset was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1928 and is arguably the premier Catholic novelist of the last century (https://www.crisismagazine.com/1999/reading-sigrid-undset-today).  Her first novel, Gunnar’s Daughter, is a short Norwegian saga that journeys readers while illustrating the heartaches, human failings, and resilient triumphs of a young woman who survived a sexual assault. 

Students can register by emailing Jennifer Schmidt, Ravens CARE advisor, at jschmidt@benedictine.edu.  Registration by October 7th is encouraged.  Obtain your copy and start reading now

Past Events

January-April 2019

Trainings to become an endorsed Peer Support through Ravens CARE

Tranings include programs on:

  • The Peer Support Program at Benedictine College
    • The Application and Interview Process required for endorsement
    • Logistics,Supervision & Ethical responsibilities
  • Helping survivors of sexual and physical assault heal
  • Basic helping skills
  • Cultivating Courage Bystander Intervention Training
  • Navigating Difficult Conversations in Mental Health
  • The Forensic Medical Examination
  • Awareness & Prevention
  • The College Title IX Investigation Process
  • Helping Those Who’re Spiritually Hurting
  • Resilience Boosters and Growth Through Adversity
  • Grief and Significant Loss: What to Do to Help

Contact CARE advisor, Jennifer Schmidt at jschmidt@benedictine.edu for details.

February 11, 2019

Social Justice Week Speaker Melissa Ohden, sponsored by Ravens CARE

April 2019

Stand with Survivors Awareness Month

April 14-18, 2019

Stand with Survivors Awareness Week, sponsored by Ravens CARE

The activities are open to everyone in our campus community and emphasize prevention of sexual assault, best practice methods of support and prayers for the healing of survivors. A few of the goals for the week are:

  1. To increase awareness that sexual assault affects a large number of people
  2. To promote support of survivors
  3. To challenge the stigma around sexual assault
  4. To encourage active service of victims in our local community.

April 15-17, 2019

Prayer Service for Healing and Ability to Lend Consolation at Mary’s Grotto

Awareness Ribbon and Pledge Campaign

Show your support for those who have been affected by sexual assault and domestic violence by wearing a teal ribbon and signing a pledge to help those in need. Ravens CARE members will distribute ribbons during lunch and dinner periods in the Dining Hall and Saint John Paul II Center from April 15-17. Contact Ravens CARE peer support leader, Fiona Fitzgerald, for more information. Watch the It’s on Us Video

April 10-26, 2019

Help Collect Household Items for Local Domestic Violence Shelter

Ravens CARE are hosting a donation drive for DoVES, a local domestic violence shelter that is located right here in Atchison and assists victims of domestic and sexual violence in Atchison, Doniphan, Brown, and Nemaha counties. DoVES empowers victims of abuse by providing them with emergency shelter, teaching them the skills they need to be independent, and putting them in touch with resources to assist them in getting back on their feet. In 2016, DoVES provided services for over 2,000 people. Due to cuts in state and federal funding, DoVES currently relies heavily on donations of items such as clothing, food, personal hygiene supplies, and household items. A more complete list of items needed for donation is attached to this announcement.

Boxes to collect donations will be placed in every residence hall and many academic buildings from April 10-28. Contributing to this drive can be as easy as picking up two tubes of toothpaste or two sticks of deodorant instead of one next time you go shopping. If every person can contribute just a single item, these small, concrete gestures will help meet the basic, everyday needs of many people in our community in their time of crisis. Please contact Dr. Virginia Winder with any questions.

Ravens CARE is a student organization offering personal peer support to students experiencing difficult challenges and dedicated to delivering Cultivating Courage Intervention Training and Title IX and VAWA-related programs to student organizations and classes. To schedule a program, contact Jennifer Schmidt, Ravens CARE advisor.