Welcome to the Loyola University Newsroom

Loyola at a Glance

Loyola's work against sexual violence is nationally recognized

January 25, 2013

Take Back the Night 2012

The American College Health Association singled out Loyola University New Orleans’ Advocacy Initiative, and University Counseling Center staff will present the innovative program at the association’s annual meeting May 28-June 1 in Boston, Mass. Loyola’s Advocacy Initiative previously received a Bronze Award from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.

Spearheaded by Loyola staff counselor Brooks Zitzmann, the program is a network of students, faculty and staff who are trained to help victims in the wake of sexual assault. The Loyola Advocacy Initiative hosts training for volunteers to become sexual assault response advocates. The next training session is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the living room of the J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library, located on the first floor. The training is free and open to current students, faculty and staff. RSVP to bzitzman@loyno.edu.

Both Loyola and the New Orleans community have numerous resources for women and men who experience attempted or completed rape, yet many victims—unsure of their options and uncertain who to trust in the wake of sexual violence—remain isolated and disconnected from supportive resources, according to Zitzmann. The Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault estimates nationally more than half of college women sexually assaulted do not report the assault.

Programs held on Loyola’s campus such as Take Back the Night and the Clothesline Project raise awareness and seek to shatter the silence surrounding gender-based violence.

For the latest updates about Loyola University New Orleans, follow us on Twitter @LoyolaNOLANews or become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/loyno.

Loyola at a Glance is written and distributed for the faculty, staff, students and friends of Loyola University New Orleans. It is published by the Office of Public Affairs, Greenville Hall, Box 909, 7214 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70118. (504) 861-5888.

Information to be included in Loyola at a Glance must be received 2-3 weeks in advance of the publication date. Send us your news here.