April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month


“Sexual Assault Victim Advocates,” from Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and the Sullivan Library is raising awareness by shedding some light on the topics of the traumatic experience of sexual assault, survival, as well as healing, and finding resources for help.


“Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2017 Campaign Poster,” from Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository.

Sexual Assault affects hundreds of Americans every single day, and it does not always mean that a victim experienced violent rape or child molestation in order to have been assaulted sexually.

In the State of New York, Sexual Assault can be generally defined as subjecting another person to sexual contact without the latter’s consent; meaning a wide-range of sexual conduct can be criminalized and constituted as Sexual Abuse, particularly if spoken-consent is not voiced between two fully-conscious adults.


“Sexual assault is not locker room talk: Women’s March, Seneca Falls, NY, 2018,” from Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository.

Sexual Abuse is a prevalent issue in the United States. According to RAINN, the Rape & Abuse & Incest National Network, there is a new victim of Sexual Abuse in the United States every 98 seconds.


“A Step in the Right Direction: Sexual Assault Awareness Month Walk,” from Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository.

1/6 American women have been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime (14.8% completed, 2.8% attempted), 1/33 men have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime (about 3% of men) (National Institute of Justice & Centers for Disease Control & Prevention), and from 2009-2013, Child Protective Services agencies substantiated, or found strong evidence to indicate that, 63,000 children a year were victims of sexual abuse (United States Department of Health and Human Services).

A majority of victims are children aged 12-17, and of victims under the age of 18, 34% of victims of sexual assault and rape are under the age of 12, and 66% of victims of sexual assault and rape are aged 12-17 (Department of Justice).


“With You: To Survivors of Sexual Assault,” from Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository.


Some books that are being featured in the Sullivan Library’s Display Case, starting this week for the month of April, can be found below.


We Believe You: Survivors of Camus Sexual Assault Speak Out By Annie E. Clark and Andrea L. Pino

In this book, students from every kind of college and university—large and small, public and private, highly selective and then less so—share experiences of trauma, healing, and everyday activism. They represent the diversity of those who experience sexual assault, as well as the disheartening statistics that tell us that more than 20% of women and 5% of men are sexually assaulted while at college.


Sexual Assault in the Military: A Guide for Victims and Families By Cheryl Lawhorne Scott and Don Philpott

This book highlights a societal issue of significant concern that, according to Paddy Gough, if left uncorrected, will serve to erode the basic fabric of our society. Sexual assault and harassment in the military have been critical subjects for years; however, unfortunately, many victims are reluctant to press charges because of fear of retaliation, damage to their careers, and widespread uncertainty regarding the military justice system. This book focuses on many of the resources that are available in assisting victims and families to report, seek help, and recover from the effects of sexual abuse.


After Silence: Rape & My Journey Back By Nancy Venable Raine

This book is an inspiring account of a traumatic experience and the experience’s serious aftermath and effects on the victim. After Silence is a personal journey back to wellness after feeling violated. It is a complex vision of evil and redemption in Nany Venable Raine’s story.


For more information about sexual assault, prevention and services for victims, please visit the Campus Prevention Network and the Center For Safety & Change websites.



Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Sex Offenses and Offenders (1997).

National Institute of Justice & Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Prevalence, Incidence and Consequences of Violence Against Women Survey (1998).

United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Children’s Bureau. Child Maltreatment Survey, 2012 (2013).


Sullivan Library’s Book Display for the Month of March Celebrates Women Empowerment and History

Sullivan Library’s monthly Book Display for the month of March supports gender parity in recognition of International Women’s Day, as well as National Women’s History Month!


2018 Women’s March in NYC, photographed by Sierra Sheridan

March 2-8 was designated as National Women’s History Week by President Jimmy Carter in 1980, and in his presidential message addressing Women’s History Week as a national celebration, he strongly urged “libraries, schools, and community organizations to focus their observances on the leaders who struggled for gender equality in America (MacGregor, NWHP).”


A parade in honor of Women’s History Week prior to it becoming a nationalized celebration: Santa Rosa, CA in March 1979. Photograph from Healdsburg Tribune.

“From the first settlers who came to our shores, from the first American Indian families who befriended them, men and women have worked together to build this nation,” stated President Jimmy Carter in his opening statement of the 1980 speech in which he designated March 2-8 as National Women’s History Week.


Photograph from the City of Boston Archives on Flickr, titled “President Jimmy Carter.”

In the seven years that followed President Carter’s speech, 14 states took the liberty of expanding their support for the cause by designating the entire month of March as a commemoration for the history of women in America.

Former President Carter mentioned Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, Lucy Stone, Harriet Tubman, and Alice Paul, among others, as he recognized the profound impact that various remarkable women have had in helping to build the United States into the nation that it is today.


“Too often the women were unsung and sometimes their contributions went unnoticed. But the achievements, leadership, courage, strength, and love of the women who built America was as vital as that of the men whose names we know so well,” Former President Carter stated, reflecting on the lack of recognition that had been given to significant female figures in American history (during the introduction of his 1980 speech).

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The Original Women’s March on Washington in 1913 (top), The Women’s March on Washington in 2017 (bottom), Photographed by Alex Ceravolo (Social Justice Activist and 2018 Graduate of Ramapo College in NJ).

Women’s History Week was a stepping stone toward the greater recognition that women receive today, which is a national recognition of Women’s History in the month of March, as well as International recognition during March 8th, which is International Women’s Day.


Photo by rawpixel.com/CC0

This year’s 2018 theme for International Women’s Day was #PressforProgress and the library acknowledged this theme by displaying books that portray women who fought, and or continue to fight, for gender parity, whether it be socially, economically, culturally, politically, and or professionally.

Some books that the library is featuring on display can be found below.


Women of Influence, Women of Vision: A Cross-Generational Study of Leaders and Social Change By Helen S


I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings By Maya Angelou


I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai






Boissoneault, Lorraine. “The Original Women’s March on Washington and the Suffragists Who Paved the Way.” Smithsonian.com, 21 Jan 2017, https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/original-womens-march-washington-and-suffragists-who-paved-way-180961869/. Accessed March 13, 2018.


“City of Boston Archives.” Flickr.com, https://www.flickr.com/photos/cityofbostonarchives/with/9516905991/. Accessed March 13, 2018.


Hillin, E.I. “The Sonoma County Roots of Women’s History Month” (February 2018).

Santa Rosa, California: The Healdsburg Tribune.


MacGregor, Molly Murphy. “Why March is National Women’s History Month.” National Women’s History Project, http://www.nwhp.org/womens-history-month/womens-history-month-history/. Accessed March 13, 2018


Pexels, https://www.pexels.com/photo/adult-arrival-beard-boss-429248/. Accessed March 13, 2018.


Sullivan Library Easter Break Hours

The Sullivan Library will have shorter hours on Wednesday, March 28th. We will be closed Thursday, March 29th – Monday, April 2nd. Our regular hours will resume on Tuesday, April 3rd.

Please note that while the library is closed for the holiday, no interlibrary loan requests will be processed. Please time your requests accordingly and please be patient with service delays.

Have a wonderful and safe Easter Break!

Easter Break 2018

Weekly Tips & Tricks – Private Browsing

Welcome back to another edition of the Sullivan Library’s weekly tips & tricks. This week we have a short post on private browsing.

Private browsing is a great tool as it does not store cookies, data, history, or passwords. When leaving a website or closing out a window, the next person to use the computer will not have access to your accounts or stored information. You will not have to select “never save password” or log out of the computer because once you close the private window, the session is ended.

Here in the Library we encourage you to use either Firefox or Google Chrome. Getting into private browsing is very simple. For Chrome, as shown in the picture below, simply click the three dots in the top right and in the drop down menu click new incognito window. For Firefox you click the three horizontal lines and click new private window.


Questions, comments, concerns?  Give us a call at 845-848-7505 or email sullivan.library@dc.edu!

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Weekly Tips & Tricks – New Scanner

Welcome back to our weekly tips and tricks blog and our first of the new year!


This week we would like to announce that we now have a second Scannx scanner here in the library. The scanner is a free and easy way to scan both books and papers and send them to an email or various other locations. The new scanner is now located in the Huston room to the right as you walk in and, if you are not aware, the other scanner is located in Periodicals.

If you like to know more about the Scannx scanner and how to use it please check out our old blog posts provided below.

Questions, comments, concerns?  Give us a call at 845-848-7505 or email sullivan.library@dc.edu!

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Book Display: Romantic, Victorian, and Modernist British Literature (from Romanticism →Modernism)

Celebrating the English Language

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(Portrait of William Blake (first) by Javler Chandla on Flickr; Photograph of Virginia Woolf, 1902 (second) by Mark LaFlaur on Flickr; Illustration from William Blake’s The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (third) by Gyulavalko on Flickr).

DC Sullivan Library’s most recent display case is a continuation of the former, featuring some of the most significant works and authors of British Literature from the 18th to the mid-20th century. 


(Photograph of a passage from Kubla Khan (written by Samuel T. Coleridge, 1816) by Circled Thrice on Flickr).

The literature that is featured on display covers three periods that span over approximately 200 years, from 1800 to the mid-1900’s. Beginning with The Romantic Era, the case exhibits significant poets and authors, such as William Blake, William Wordsworth, John Keats, Lord Byron, Samuel T. Coleridge and Mary Shelley; as well as significant writers from the Victorian and Modernist Eras of British Literature, such as Robert Browning, Bernard Shaw, Alfred Lord Tennyson, W.B. Yeats, Virginia Woolf, and Joseph Conrad, as well as many others. The literature on display is a combination of scholarly critiques of these timeless works, as well as newer books that feature the original plays, novels, and poems of these writers. A few of the works that are featured can be found below.


Nostromo by Joseph Conrad, Introduction by Robert Penn Warren: A Modern Literary Book

Nostromo is a 1904 novel written by Joseph Conrad, a famous author of the late 19th and early 20th century. The book takes place in a fictitious and war-ravaged South American republic that experiences brief stability and peace under the rule of a dictator, Ribiera. The novel was ranked #47 out of 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century by the Modern Library in 1998. In this edition of the book, a literary scholar, Robert Penn Warren, writes an introduction that gives his perception of the timeless story.


The Devil & the Lady: and Unpublished Early Poems By Alfred Lord Tennyson, Forward By Rowland L. Collins

This book was published in 1964, about 70 years after Alfred Lord Tennyson’s death. It is a collection of his most early works, and many poems that were unpublished during his lifetime. Tennyson was born in 1809 and died in 1892 at the age of 83. He was a Victorian poet and author, with some of his most famous works being “Ulysses,” “Nothing Will Die,” and “Lady Clara Vere de Vere.”


Pygmalion By Bernard Shaw

Pygmalion is a play written by Bernard Shaw, and it was first introduced to the public, on stage, in 1913, making it a 20th century play. Bernard Shaw was an Irish playwright, critic, and political activist that had dual citizenship in both Britain and Ireland. He wrote more than sixty plays, with Pygmalion being one of his most major works. His use of contemporary satirical humor, contemporary social issues, politics, and historical allegory made him one of the most significant playwrights of his generation, and he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1925 for his influence on Western theater and literature. His full name was George Bernard Shaw, but he went by the name of Bernard Shaw.



(Heart of Darkness was first published as a three-part serial story in Blackwood’s Magazine (first), Photo from Wikipedia; Copy A of William Blake’s original printing of The Tyger, c. 1795 (second), Photo from Wikipedia; Photographs from the 1918 production of Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Written by Bernard Shaw, Directed by and Starring Mary Shaw (photographed in bottom two frames) (third), Photo from Wikipedia.)


If you are interested in Literature, and want to do more than check out the books that are available on Display at DC Sullivan Library, then get involved in Campus Life by joining the English Club! If interested, contact the Head of the English Department, Ellen Dolgin, or the Club President, Christine Ditzel. 

Stress Relief Week is Here

Give yourself a break during the last two weeks of the semester. Visit the meditation room, play games, color, or pet some pups. Can’t pull yourself away from your work? Then at least stop by for a free cup of coffee anytime, or for free snacks every weeknight at 9pm. Best of luck on finals!

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Calendar of Stress Relief Week events:

  • All week, all day: Games and coloring in the Learning Commons
  • Monday, Dec. 4th at 7:30pm: 20-minute meditation in the computer lab
  • Tuesday, Dec. 5th from Noon-2:00pm: Paws for Fun in the Learning Commons
  • Wednesday, Dec. 6th at 5:45pm: 20-minute meditation in the computer lab