The George Mason University Sexual Assault Services office was created on December 1, 1993. Since then, Sexual Assault Services has expanded to serve students at all three campuses of George Mason University. With the support of the Violence Against Women Act, Sexual Assault Services has two staff members funded by a V-STOP Grant, the V-STOP Grant administered by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services. This grant has been awarded to Sexual Assault Services yearly since 1997. Sexual Assault Services has also been the recipient of grant funding from the Centers for Disease Control administered by the Virginia Department of Health for the prevention of sexual violence on the college campus. Five such grants have been awarded to Sexual Assault Services.
George Mason University Sexual Assault Services (SAS) is committed to educating the Mason community about, and responding to, sexual, dating and/or partner violence as well as stalking, thereby:
- advocating for increased victims’ rights thus shaping men and women able to seek social justice, and
- creating a campus community respectful of all students’ rights to live and learn in an environment free from violence.
SAS provides confidential, culturally competent advocacy and direct services free to any member of the campus community impacted by these issues: survivors, their families, significant others, and friends.