Assistant Dean of Students and Victim Advocate
As the Assistant Dean of Students, Amanda Hobson, is charged with identifying and addressing student needs by providing services to promote academic achievement, personal and professional development and persistence to graduation within the Dean of Students Office and the Division of Student Affairs. These services include but are not limited to: providing direction and intervention for students in emergency and non-emergency situations, coordinating victim services, working with University staff and faculty to resolve student problems; mediating and resolving conflicts; student referrals; directing the Women’s Resource Center and serving as the lead victim advocate for the university.
Indiana State University Victim Advocate If you are the victim of a sexual assault, other sex offense, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking (even if you are not certain), please review the Victim Packet for assistance. You may call the Indiana State Victim Advocate at 812-243-7272 at any time 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
ISU Victim Advocates
- Are confidential resources
- Help victims and survivors of
- Sexual Violence
- Relationship Violence
- Offer support
- Help victims understand their options
- Are available to all ISU students, regardless of one's sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race ethnicity, religious identity, veteran status, age, national origin, and/or disability.
- Can be present with victims at the hospital, during police and campus investigations, aid a victim with the criminal process, and more.
- Are trained faculty and staff volunteers, who are supervised by Assistant Dean of Students and Lead Victim Advocate Amanda Hobson
Initial Steps to Consider
If you or someone you know has experience sexual violence, here are some basic steps you can take:
- Go to a safe place.
- Consider speaking with a confidential resource, which means that with few exceptions they are not mandatory reporters of sexual violence. (The exception is if the victim of sexual violence is a child, elder, and/or vulnerable adult.)
- Victim Advocate
- Student Counseling Center
- Consider your reporting options. Your options include reporting the offense to:
- You may seek medical attention.
- Consider steps to preserve and record evidence, which could include going to a hospital emergency room and request a SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) or a SAFE (Sexual Assault Forensic Examine).
- You may seek assistance in changing university academic, living, working, and transportation situations, regardless of whether you choose to report the crime to University Police or local law enforcement.
- You may seek an order of protection, a court-ordered no contact order, a restraining order or similar lawful orders from a court of competent jurisdiction.
You may seek additional help, counseling advocacy, legal assistance and other assistance.
Comprehensive Advocacy Program
Our comprehensive advocacy program is designed to support victims holistically. The program allows the victim to take charge of their healing by following a three tiered prevention model:
- Primary Prevention: Educating the campus and community on sexual violence and domestic violence by utilizing various mediums to reach specific and targeted audiences.
- Secondary Prevention: Offering victim advocates, who serve as the institution’s immediate response in assisting our students that are victims and survivors of sexual violence, gender-based violence and harassment, and domestic and dating violence.
- Tertiary Prevention: Incorporates both the primary and secondary prevention models in creating a long term response to not only our victims but our education on the topic of sexual violence.
Enveloped within the comprehensive advocacy program are the following components: the Victim Advocacy Training Program; Victim Advocates; programming on issues of gender, sexuality, sexual and interpersonal violence as well as other types of outreach and collaboration. If you are interested in participating in the Victim Advocate Training Program, please email Amanda Hobson.
Amanda came to Indiana State University in August 2016 from Ohio University, where she had spent the previous nineteen years. In her role as a student affairs administrator, her work focuses on issues of social justice and equity in higher education, and she regularly presents about a wide-range of diversity issues, including gender justice, bystander intervention, and sexual violence. Her doctoral work at Ohio University’s School of Interdisciplinary Arts centers on issues of intersectionality of identity in feminist genre film with a specific emphasis on horror films and pornography. Amanda presents on the construction and portrayal of gender, sexuality, and race within contemporary popular culture and art, such as Gender Blending and Genre Bending in the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series, Apocalyptic Vampires, Vampiric Icons: Visions of Vampires from Dirty to Debonair in Less than 200 Years. Additionally, she regularly uses popular culture to educate about social justice, including presentations on Horror Films as Social Commentary, Feminist Horror Films, and Gender and Monstrosity in Popular Culture. She has been invited to deliver lectures on the topic of vampires in popular culture, including a talk at BalletMet of Columbus, Ohio, for their production of Dracula. Amanda has a passion for teaching about issues of social justice through popular culture through programs such as “Horror Films as Social Commentary.” Her published work includes “‘We Don’t Do History’: Constructing Masculinity in a World of Blood” in Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Post-Apocalyptic TV and Film (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and “Brothers Under Covers: Race and the Paranormal Romance Novel” in Race in the Vampire Narrative (Sense, 2015). She is the co-editor with U. Melissa Anyiwo of Gender in the Vampire Narrative (Sense, 2016) and Gender Warrirors: Reading Contemporary Urban Fantasy (Brill/Sense, Forthcoming). Amanda can be found most days reading endless novels, watching horror movies, and hanging out with her adorable fifteen-year old furry kid, Beaker.
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