Here in Hanover - Fall 2015

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WISE works with Dartmouth students who serve on the Student and Presidential Committee on Sexual Assault (SPCSA).

Katherine P. Cox

WISE and Dartmouth

Launch a New Partnership

Supporting victims of sexual violence

Ruby Hopkins, Dartmouth Class of 2017, now knows what to say and do when a fellow student confides that she’s been sexually assaulted. As chair of WISE@Dartmouth, Ruby has been trained to respond in a way that provides support, validation, and an opportunity for victims to process the violence and their options about available resources to victims of sexual assault, with an ironclad guarantee of confidentiality. Ruby is a volunteer with WISE, an organization that provides crisis intervention and support for victims of sexual violence. She was moved to action when, she says, “Someone came to me, and I had no idea how to handle the situation.” Now she is confident that she can offer the appropriate support. A WIN–WIN FOR DARTMOUTH AND WISE Ruby was trained by WISE, a Lebanon-based organization that has been helping victims of domestic and sexual violence in 21 communities in the Upper Valley since 1971. The organization has had a long relationship with Dartmouth College, as the school is essentially one of the communities it serves. Last spring, that relationship FA L L 2 0 1 5 • H E R E I N H A N O V E R