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Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc. expresses our condolences to the family of Vanessa Guillen and we are heartbroken at the systems which failed her and her family. Vanessa, and all persons in the military, deserve to feel safe and empowered in reporting any instances of sexual violence.
Junior enlisted women are at the highest risk of sexual assault in the military. The most recent report on sexual assault in the military was released by the Department of Defense in 2018. The report lists troubling statistics. According to the report, the national odds that a woman will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime are 1 in 17. But for young military women ages 17 to 20, it is 1 in 8. And for 21- to 24-year-olds, it is 1 in 11. Further, 43% of women who did reported sexual violence had a negative experience.
In a historically misogynistic and violent system such as the military, women, particularly women of color, are too often violated with impunity. We demand that Congress thoroughly investigate and enact real change to address the violence inherent in the military industrial complex.
We urge our members to contact their Congressional representatives demand they change the way that the military handles reports and investigates sexual violence by moving forward with the Military Justice Improvement Act. This act is designed to professionalize how the military prosecutes serious crimes like sexual assault, and to remove the systemic fear that survivors of military sexual assault describe in deciding whether to report the crimes committed against them. Repeated testimony from survivors and former commanders says that the widespread reluctance on the part of survivors to come forward and report is due to the bias and inherent conflicts of interest posed by the military chain of command’s sole decision-making power over whether cases move forward to a trial.
Text your zip code to 502-200-2223 to find your Representatives in Congress or search: www.usa.gov/elected-officials
Sexual Assault Statement
Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc. is adamantly opposed to all acts of sexual misconduct and relational violence. Moreover, we believe in our values of Unity, Honesty, Integrity and Leadership which provide unconditional support of our members at all times, including those who are survivors of sexual assault and dating violence. As an organization with collegiate members, we are dismayed by the changes in Title IX that will go in effect August 2020. The policy changes will create barriers for survivors of sexual violence to report sexual violence and hold perpatrators accountable. The new changes also limit the scope of reports that colleges are required to investigate and provide greater protections for perpetrators.
Our organization is committed to working with our university and greek organizational partners to revisit concerns within and among our organizations relating to sexual assault. The National Association of Latino Fratnernal Organizations (“NALFO”) has organized a Sexual Assault Awareness Campaign and Action Committee to explore actionable items and policies, programming, and collaboration to protect our members and hold perpetrators accountable.
Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc. will never condone sexual misconduct committed against our members or by our members. Below is a list of resources from our Mental Health and Wellness Guide (available at www.kappadeltachi.org):
National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline
When you call, you’ll be routed to a local RAINN affiliate organization based on the first six digits of your phone number. Cell phone callers have the option to enter the ZIP code of their current location to more accurately locate the nearest sexual assault service provider.
National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) Website:
Provides comprehensive victims’ assistance resources from advocacy to legal assistance. Also includes resources for survivors of mass casualty and offers victim compensation services.
National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-799-7233; TTY 1-800-787-3224
For crisis and counseling services, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Hotline advocates are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year to provide confidential crisis
NALFO was tapped last week to participate in a mental health and wellness initiative called 5onthe5. The idea behind this initiative is that on May 5th each of us pledges to connect with 5 other people, check in on them, and take a moment to just listen. During this time of high stress and anxiety the organizers behind this campaign wanted us to feel a little more together.
Who will you reach out to on the 5th? We’re looking forward to getting as much participation as possible!
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It is understandably a time of high tension and anxiety. Members’ lives have been disrupted and there are many things to worry about. KDChi should not be one of those things right now. In an effort to place emphasis on health and safety, we are asking members to focus on their personal lives. For the next two weeks, don't worry about KDChi requirements (including completing hours, paying dues). There are no final decisions on these items.
We will continue to monitor the situation and determine what is the most feasible solution for our membership. Since things are changing on a daily basis, we cannot say what that will look like at this time. No one will automatically lose their status. We truly have your best interests at heart, which is why we are asking you to take care of yourselves.
By April 1st, the National Administrative Council will communicate next steps and we will take it a day at a time. We will work with you and get through these trying times. Please use this time to focus your energy on your mental and physical health while we all grapple with the impacts of COVID-19.
National Leadership is aware of concerns regarding Regional Conferences and the coronavirus. Individual members who choose not to attend their Regional Conference due to coronavirus concerns will not be penalized and it will be considered an excused absence with the expectation to attend the Regional Conference virtually. At this point we will leave it up to the individual regions to decide whether or not to cancel their Regional Conference.
For Regional Conferences that are cancelled, nationals will be able to assist the host chapter in recuperating any cancellation fees incurred from hotel and/or catering services. Host chapters will be responsible for issuing any refunds to individuals, if feasible, and, before any cutoff dates.
We are aware that some universities have cancelled in-person classes and other events. If this applies to your university then please contact your District Chair, Regional Director, or Chapter Development Officer. Your chapter will not be penalized for missing events, service, or study hours. If a member chooses to self-quarantine, they will not be penalized for missing events, service, or study hours regardless of whether the university has cancelled in-person classes or other events. Any missed events or hours will be rolled over to the next semester/quarter or until the health advisories deem safe. However, we encourage everyone to continue with their scheduled events and follow precautions and recommendations from the Central for Disease Control (https://www.cdc.gov/
We understand university regulations may impact chapters and colonies that are currently conducting intake. For any universities that have shut down or no longer allow in-person events, New Members will be able to apply for, and be granted, holdover status. For universities that continue to allow for in-person programming, the New Member Education process will continue as planned. The Intake Division is prepared to work with each chapter and colony for accommodations if needed, depending on current university protocol. Please contact the New Member Education Officer or Vice President of Intake for assistance.
As a reminder, please keep in mind the following:
The risk to the general public in the United States is considered low at this time.
While there is currently no vaccine, the best way to protect yourself from COVID-19 is similar to how you’d take precautions against the cold or flu.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or the crook of your elbow, rather than your hands – and throw the tissue away immediately.
Wash your hands often using soap and water for at least 20 seconds
There is no need to wear a face mask if you are well and do not have symptoms.
We are closely following developments related to the coronavirus, including travel guidelines and health advisories, and will notify members of any additional guidance.
College women are at high risk of sexual assault by acquaintances and dates. Among undergraduate students, 23.1% of females experience rape or sexual assault through physical force, violence, or incapacitate. The risk of sexual assault among sorority women is likely to be as great, if not greater, than that for the general female undergraduate population.
Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc. supports a woman's right to report and seek a fair, supportive, and timely due process. As a sisterhood, we will provide unconditional support of our sisters who are survivors of sexual assault and dating violence. We commit to advocating in support of sister empowerment, risk reduction and educating out members and non-members to prevent sexual assault on our campuses and in our communities.
We are specifically aware of posts by members of Omega Delta Phi in closed groups targeted toward our members that are homophobic, misogynistic, and promote sexual violence. As an organization, we do not accept this behavior toward out members and eagerly await to see the actions ODPhi will take to hold its members accountable.
As sisters, we are committed to supporting out sisters, friends, and all those who have experienced sexual violence. If you or a loved one has been a victim of sexual assault, it may be difficult to know what to do next. You can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800.656.HOPE (4673) or visit online.rainn.org and receive confidential support.