ASU honors professors groom students for sexual abuse

Grooming refers to a series of behaviors by an abuser to ensure a victim readily accepts physical and psychological abuse as normal and desirable, and to ensure that a victim does not report or expose sexual abuse.

Researchers and mental health professionals agree that grooming generally follows a pattern:

  1. Identifying and targeting victims
  2. Blurring boundaries and gaining trust
  3. Isolating and fostering secrecy

The grooming process at Barrett has been known to begin in mandatory freshman seminars and often progresses to Study Abroad trips, teaching assistantships, and thesis direction. Continue reading


ASU rape culture 101

Check out this amazing zine about rape culture at ASU: A Student’s Guide to Campus Sexual Assault at ASU and in Barrett. While SDASA did not create or publish this zine, we fully support and endorse its message!

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Open letter to ASU freshmen

Dear Sun Devil Freshmen,

As you may or may not be aware, more than 40 American universities are currently under investigation for violating federal laws related to keeping campuses safe from sexual assault. Arizona State University has a history of violating these laws, and continues to violate students’ rights.

You might be afraid ASU is not a safe place, and you may fear you’ll have no one to turn to if something happens to you or someone you know.

Sun Devils Against Sexual Assault is a group of current and former ASU students, staff, and faculty who are committed to ending sexual violence on campus and at off-campus programming. We are survivors and allies who provide support and help connect victims and their allies with resources and options. We try to work with the university to implement policies and practices that validate victims’ experiences and more proactively combat cultures of sexual violence on campus.

For more information visit our website, and join us on Facebook:

We are always here to support you.

Sun Devils Against Sexual Assault