by Katie Bogusz on October 17, 2017

An abusive relationship occurs when a partner asserts power over another to maintain control in the relationship. Abusive relationships can happen to anyone regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, and race. Keep yourself and others safe by knowing the signs of an abusive relationship and ways to get help.

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Am I in an Abusive Relationship?

Do you…

  • constantly feel put down and/or belittled?
  • feel afraid of your partner?
  • avoid certain topics out of fear of angering your partner?
  • feel scared to bring them around friends or family?
  • feel that you can’t do anything right in the relationship?
  • wonder if you’re the one who is crazy?
  • feel emotionally numb or helpless?
  • lack control of your own finances and belongings?

Does your partner…

  • humiliate, criticize, and yell at you?
  • ignore your opinions and accomplishments?
  • blame you for their unhealthy behavior?
  • have a bad and unpredictable temper?
  • threaten to hurt or kill you?
  • threaten to commit suicide if you leave?
  • destroy your belongings out of anger?
  • act excessively jealous/possessive?
  • constantly check up on you?
  • require access to your phone and social media accounts
  • isolate you from friends/family


It is Still ABUSE if…

  • you’ve experienced incidents of abuse that seem “minor”. Every form of violence is serious and unacceptable.
  • the physical abuse only happened one time. If it’s happened once it could happen again.
  • the abuse seems to decrease when you become passive, stop expressing yourself, stop making decisions, and/or stop going out with friends. You shouldn’t have to give up your rights as a person to avoid abuse.
  • you are emotionally and verbally assaulted on a regular basis. Abuse is not explicit to physical harm only.

Tips for supporting a friend

  1. Let your friend know that you are concerned about their safety and that you want to help.
  1. Listen and validate their feelings.
  1. Learn about campus resources and encourage them to seek help.
  1. Be supportive of his or her decisions.

I’m in an abusive relationship, What should I do?

  1. Plan a safe breakup. Create a safety plan which is a written personalized plan to ensure that you remain safe when leaving an abusive relationship. The SVAS Center can connect you with the professionals who can assist you.
  1. Keep track of previous incidents, evidence, and/or threats.

3. Don’t be afraid to seek help on campus or talk to your support            systems. It is not your fault and you don’t have to go through              this alone.


  1. BSU Sexual Violence Advocacy and Support Center (508)-531-2048
  2. BSU Counseling Services (508) 531-1331
  3. New Day– Provides free counseling and advocacy to all individuals impacted by sexual and relationship violence. (508) 941-7400, (508) 588– 8255 (24 Hour)  http://healthimperatives.org/anewday/new-day


National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233 / www.thehotline.org


National Dating Abuse Helpline 866-331-9474

SafeLink (Massachusetts Hotline) 877-785-2020


Narcan on the BSU campus

by Sara Waldron on October 10, 2017

What is the new public-access Narcan program?

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Bridgewater State University is the first school nationwide to create a public-access Narcan program. Narcan is the brand name of the drug Naloxone. This drug is given through a nasal spray or injection. It can help an individual to breath regularly again after an opiate overdose. There are 50 locations, throughout campus, that will be offering the anti-overdose drug. President Frederick Clark, Jr was an early supporter of this program. He stated that the program “sends exactly the right message that we can’t afford to be bystanders.”

How does it help prevent an overdose?

On campus, only the Narcan nasal spray will be available for use. This is the first and only FDA-approved nasal form of naloxone to treat an opioid overdose during an emergency. This was developed by first responders to counteract the life-threatening effects of opioid overdose. Within minutes it can bring the individual around and help them breathe regularly again. The Narcan interferes with the connection between the opioid and the brain receptors, which takes away the individual’s high. When administrating always follow the instructions for use and remember that repeated doses may be necessary. Furthermore, this nasal spray is not a substitute for emergency medical treatment since the individual may relapse into respiratory depression.


Treatment Options:

Addiction is treatable and can be successfully managed. If you suspect that someone has an opioid problem, speak up and help them find support. As a student, you can use the resources available at the Wellness Center in Weygand Hall or call them at 508- 531-1252. Also, if you’re seeking treatment, you can call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP or go to www.findtreatment.samhsa.gov


To learn more about Outreach Education and the BSU Peer Educators, like the BSU Outreach Education page on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @bsuoutreach, and check out our calendar for upcoming events on the Involvement Network at https://bridgew.collegiatelink.net/ and search for the BSU Peer Educators.


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Project PACK-Post Assault Comfort Kits

September 26, 2017

What is Project PACK? Project PACK is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting victims of sexual assault with Post-Assault Comfort Kits throughout Massachusetts. In 2006, Project PACK was initiated by a BSU alumni when the need was first recognized by hospital nurses. These PACK items are typically requested by survivors during the detailed evidence collection […]

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BE SMART-Make Smart Decisions at BSU!

September 19, 2017

Hello to all returning students and newcomers!  We hope your summer was relaxing and fun.  Now that many of us are back on campus it’s important that we remember to BE SMART.  If you choose to drink, make smart choices and be safe.  Read on for more BE SMART tips to ensure your safety… BE […]

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Outreach Education and the BSU Peer Educators

September 12, 2017

The writers of this lovely blog work at Outreach Education, as professional staff, graduate assistants or as BSU Peer Educators.   Outreach Education Outreach Education is a department within the Wellness Center, located in Weygand 1048.  The objective of Outreach Education is to prepare individuals and groups to take meaningful actions to reduce negative, and […]

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Alcohol Serving Size

August 29, 2017

What is an Alcohol Serving Size? If you choose to drink, be smart and safe in your decisions. There are plenty of reasons to learn how to pace yourself while drinking. The most important one, aside from avoiding embarrassing behavior, is health related. It’s important to understand what an alcohol serving size truly is so […]

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Alcohol Addiction

August 22, 2017

What is Alcohol Addiction? Alcohol can be an addictive substance and is one of the most common addiction in the United States. According to the 2015 National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 15.1 million adults had Alcohol Use Disorder. The Alcohol Use Disorder integrates alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence into a single disorder. This […]

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Learn about the Wellness Center

August 15, 2017

The Wellness Center is located in Weygand hall and includes Health Services, Counseling Services, and Outreach Education.  The Wellness Center is open Monday and Friday 8:30am-4:30pm, Tuesday and Wednesday 8:30am-5:00pm, and Thursday 9:30am-5:00pm.  Read on to find out about the services offered at the Wellness Center! Health Services The mission of health services is to […]

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Alcohol and Water Safety

August 8, 2017

Now that the weather is warming up many of us will be spending plenty of time in the water, whether it be a pool, lake, or beach.  On those 90 degree days in the summer sometimes there’s nothing better than taking a nice dip.  There can be dangers involved with any type of water activity, […]

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