February 20, 6-7:30 PM | Weasler Auditorium

FORUM   on   sexual   assault

The Voice to Change a Culture

The goal of sexual violence prevention is simple—to stop it from happening in the first place. The solutions, however, are just as complex as the problem. The Forum on Sexual Assault will discuss how Marquette University handles sexual assault and violence cases and will explore how we can collectively improve the campus climate through communication, behavior, policy, and other procedures. As a forum independently organized and facilitated by students, supplemented by questions submitted by students, and backed by both student groups and various University departments, this conversation unites the Marquette Community for the benefit of all those effected by sexual assault.

Click on the button above to submit your questions online. Please submit questions before February 16th. All questions submitted after February 16th are less likely to be answered during the forum. This form will be closed the day of the event, February 20th, though you will have an opportunity to ask questions the day of the event.

Professionals from the Marquette Counseling Center will be available on-site during the event for those who may experience distress from the discussion. 

A Totally Student-Driven Initiative

This forum is totally driven, coordinated, and facilitated by students. This forum will exemplify collaboration and effective communication among students and with Marquette University administration. In an effort to improve communication and to productively discuss sexual assault and violence on campus, it is critical to the success of this forum that Marquette University Student Government brings together students and administrators to address an important topic on our campus, sexual assault.

The Panelists

Coordinator for Advocacy Services and Sexual Violence Prevention Education

Ms. Katy Adler
Dr. Nina M. Sathasivam-Rueckert

MU Counseling Center

Psychologist/Sexual Violence & Trauma Treatment Services


Lt. Jill Weisensel


Night Shift Patrol Operations and Bystander Intervention Training

Dr. John Grych

Department of Psychology


Ms. Christine Taylor

Title IX Coordinator

Ms. Meredith Gillespie


Outreach Vice President



February | 6:00-7:30 PM 

Weasler Auditorium

Sexual Assault: What is it?

Sexual violence is any kind of sexual contact against a person's will and without consent.


Some common forms of sexual violence include:

  • Sexual Assault: Any unwanted sexual contact, including touching, kissing, fondling or penetration of the mouth, vagina, or anus with a finger, penis or object. Assault is performed without consent, often through the use or threat of force or through intentionally rendering the victim incapable of consent through the use of alcohol or drugs.

  • Rape: Any kind of sexual intercourse (penetration) - vaginal, oral, or anal - that is committed against a person's will or is committed with physical force or the threat of force. Intercourse that takes place when the victim is drunk, unconscious or otherwise considered unable to consent is also rape. Rape is a subcategory of sexual assault.

  • Consent: Consent cannot legally be given if an individual is under the age of 18, is incapacitated due to alcohol or other drugs, is unconscious or asleep, or has limited mental capacity. Consent is a clear yes, not the absence of no.

While sexual assault can be perpetrated by a stranger, it is more commonly committed by someone the victim knows, such as a friend, boyfriend/girlfriend/partner or acquaintance. Because assault usually occurs with someone the victim knows and while one or both parties are under the influence of alcohol, victims often blame themselves and do not identify it as sexual assault. Often the victim will not tell anyone about it and if they do tell someone, 80% of the time they will seek support from a peer before they will seek help from a professional (Wandrei, 2003).


Counseling Center staff are trained to assist victims in healing from the trauma of sexual assault. Your contacts with us are confidential and you will be given support to help you heal and freedom to make your own decisions about reporting to law enforcement. You may contact us during regular business hours at 414-288-7172 to make an appointment or in an emergency you can reach the on-call counselor by calling Public Safety at 414-288-6800 and asking them to page us. We can talk with you and help you decide what to do next.

If you have been sexually assaulted: Emergency:

  • As soon as you can, get to a safe place
  • Do not blame yourself, this is not your fault

  • Seek medical attention immediately: Not all injuries may be evident to you, so for your well-being it is recommended that you receive a medical exam as soon as possible following the assault. You may be seen any time, day or night, at the Sexual Assault Treatment Center at Aurora Sinai Medical Center, 414-219-5555

  • You may also receive confidential treatment at Student Health Services on campus, 414-288-7184

  • In order to save evidence for DNA collection:

    • Save all clothing you had on at the time of the assault

    • Save any sheets, blankets or towels you came in contact with during or after the assault

    • Try not to rinse your mouth or brush your teeth

    • Try not to go to the bathroom

    • Do not bathe, wash, shower or douche until you have been seen for medical care

    • You do not need to decide at this time whether you want to pursue legal action but if you save the evidence, it offers you more options in the future when you are better able to decide.

Public Safety:

Emergency: (414) 288-1911

Non-emergency: (414) 288-6800 

Offers trained responders who can provide support and information  about legal options and protective orders. You do not have to file a report.

Campus Ministry:

(414) 288-6873 

Provides spiritual support and counseling. 

Student Health Services:

(414) 288-7184


Advocacy Services

 (414) 288-5244


Counseling Center

 (414) 288-7172

Circle of Healing Support Group

The Healing Center:

(414) 671-4325


Support groups, individual counseling and advocacy. Services are free and confidential. 

Milwaukee Police Department:

Emergency: 911
Sensitive Crimes: (414) 935-7400


Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office:

(414) 278-4617

Provides legal advocacy. 


Question Submission Form

All questions submitted in this form are anonymous, unattached to a name or private email address. Please submit questions before February 16th. All questions submitted after February 16th are less likely to be answered during the forum. This form will be closed the day of the event, February 20th. Questions will be collected and reviewed by a small, closed committee of MUSG students. Limited by the amount of questions received and time of the forum, we cannot guarantee every question will be answered during the forum.