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Real Lions


    Break the Silence Against Gender-Based Violence

    What is a Real Lion?

    Real Lions are members of the Saint Leo community who speak up and speak out against sexual violence. Real Lions strive to raise public awareness about sexual misconduct and educate the Saint Leo community on how to prevent it. They show support for survivors by standing up to victim blaming, shutting down rape jokes, correcting harmful misconceptions, and promoting everyday consent. If you or someone you know is in need of support, utilize the available resources under our Sexual Misconduct Information section.  We challenge you to be a Real Lion and break the silence against gender-based violence.

    Gender-based violence is a phenomenon deeply rooted in gender inequality that includes abuse directed against a person because of their gender. Both women and men experience gender-based violence but the majority of victims are women and girls. In 1994 Congress passed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), a comprehensive legislative package designed to end violence against women by remedying the legacy of laws and social norms that serve to justify violence against women. In 1995 the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) was created as a part of the United States Department of Justice specifically to implement VAWA and subsequent legislation. OVW administers financial and technical assistance to communities around the country to facilitate the creation of programs, policies, and practices aimed at ending domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

    In 2016, Saint Leo University received the Grant to Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking on Campus Program. This grant provided funds to strengthen the Institution’s response to instances of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking on campus and enhance collaboration among campus, local law enforcement, and victim advocacy organizations. Since then, Real Lions around Saint Leo University have joined forces to take a stand against sexual violence.

    What is Sexual Misconduct?

    Dating violence is defined as violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim; and where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors: The length of the relationship, the type of relationship, the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.

    Domestic violence can be defined as a pattern of abusive behaviors that are used by an intimate partner to gain or maintain power and control over the other intimate partner. Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone.

    Sexual assault is defined as any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs by force or without consent of the recipient of the unwanted sexual activity. Falling under the definition of sexual assault is sexual activity such as forced sexual intercourse, sodomy, child molestation, incest, fondling, and attempted rape. It includes sexual acts against people who are unable to consent either due to age or lack of capacity.

    Stalking is defined as a pattern of repeated and unwanted attention, harassment, contact, or any other course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.

    Real Lion Values - Modeled off of Saint Leo University’s Core Values

    COMMUNITY We embrace a culture that promotes diversity, care, and equity. We foster a spirit of unity with zero tolerance for dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. We strive to maintain a team that meets the needs of the community as a whole.

    RESPECT We provide individuals with useful violence prevention tools. We recognize that each person brings with them unique ideas, perspectives, and abilities that enrich our community. We intervene when their safety is jeopardized.

    EXCELLENCE We are committed to fostering an environment that generates outstanding leaders. Collectively, we strive to ensure that each person has the platform to succeed and thrive in a community free from gender-based violence and harm. We challenge each other to support one another, respect one another, and respond appropriately to acts of violence.

    PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT We recognize the role we play in creating a positive university space for everyone. We seek to enhance students', faculty and staffs' quality of life and contribute to the realization of their dreams.

    RESPONSIBLE STEWARDSHIP We foster a spirit of service by exercising our resources to the fullest extent for survivors of gender-based violence. We optimize the resources available within our campus and community to provide meaningful support for these individuals.

    INTEGRITY We promise a firm adherence to honesty and consistency across all our endeavors. We are uncompromising in our commitment to justice and will strive to put the needs of an individual before institutional needs.

    This project was supported by Grant No. 2016-WA-AX-0008 awarded by the office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

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