Women Travelers Abroad

Special Information for Women Travelers

When studying abroad, women often encounter “sexual hazing.”  Such hazing may be the (unfortunate) norm in the society you are about to enter, but American women are at even greater risk because of the promiscuous image created by American films and TV shows and their lack of local knowledge.

Nancy Newport, a Peace Corps consultant, provides helpful advice on how to reduce the likelihood of such hazing, how to cope with it and how to avoid even more serious forms of harassment.  We recommend that all Bates students read her article.

  • Colorado State University has a good web site with various resources for women studying and traveling abroad.
  • RAINN provides access to an inventory of international abuse and domestic violence agencies.

If you are experiencing physical or emotional difficulties or have been the victim of physical assault:

  • Turn first to the support and resources provided by your program or host university.  They have an existing support system, know the local context, and can act quickly to help you.  The International Office at your university can help connect you with their counseling center, health center, sexual assault crisis center, campus and local police, and other resources.
  • Bates has Title IX Officers who are responsible for responding to incidents of sexual discrimination and assault.  Ms. Gwen Lexow (glexow@bates.edu+1-207-786-6445) is the Interim Title IX Officer and Dean Erin Foster Zsiga (efoster@bates.edu +1-207-786-6215) is the Deputy Coordinator for Students. You may contact them for additional support or if you feel the local resources are not meeting your needs or for any other reason.
  • In addition, Bates Security is open 24/7 and is trained to respond to emergencies and can forward your calls to college staff and faculty. (security@bates.edu; +1-207-786-6254).  Dean Sawyer (ssawyer@bates.edu; +1-207-786-6223) is also available to assist you.