The picture of prevention on campuses is as complex as the problem it tackles. Our knowledge of what works--and our understanding of what doesn't--is based on decades of advocacy, activism, and study.
The best prevention tools will be those that are adapted most specifically to your campus, and also contain a framework of:
acknowledgement of the extent of the problem;
thorough, ongoing prevention initiatives integrated into campus life;
a focus on environment and social change, thereby going to the source of the problem;
inclusive of all people, with students at the forefront.
When implementing any new, comprehensive sexual violence prevention program, you will see an uptick in reports. This is not to be feared, but something to be prepared for; it is actually a good thing. It is not an indication that the incidence of sexual violence has increased. Rather, it means that the rates of reporting have increased, more people are getting the help they need, and the likelihood that a repeat offender (rapists in college settings generally average 5.8 rapes each)1 will be stopped is elevated.
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What Does Sexual Violence Prevention Look Like on a College Campus?
Rape and Sexual Assault Prevention
Campus and community constituencies can work together to create long-standing, comprehensive programs to prevent and mitigate campus sexual assault. Explore these resources from US DOE's Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Violence Prevention.
The Spectrum of Prevention
The Spectrum of Prevention helps expand prevention efforts beyond education models by promoting a multifaceted range of activities for effective prevention. Includes: Influencing Policy and Legislation,, Changing Organizational Practices, Fostering Coalitions and Networks, Educating Providers, Promoting Community Education, and Strengthening Individual Knowledge and Skills.
Clery Center for Security on Campus
CCSOC is dedicated to preventing violence, substance abuse and other crimes on college campuses across the US, and to compassionately assist the victims of these crimes.
Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault
MNCASA is designed to assist local programs in providing state of the art advocacy and prevention programming and to affect public perception and policy in relation to sexual assault.
National Sexual Violence Resource Center
The NSVRC collects and disseminates resources on sexual violence including statistics, research, position statements, statutes, training curricula, prevention initiatives and program information.
PAVE: Promoting Awareness Victim Empowerment
A multi-chapter nonprofit organization that uses education and action to shatter the silence of sexual violence through targeted social, educational and legislative tactics. Start a chapter at your campus!
Safe Campus, Strong Voices
A national initiative for Campus Safety Awareness Month in September to raise awareness and increase advocacy on the issue of college sexual violence and the vast amount of under-reported cases as well as the injustices that many survivors face.
The Clothesline Project
The Clothesline Project is a visual display of shirts with messages and illustrations that have been designed by women survivors of violence or by someone who loves a woman who has been killed.
The Men's Story Project
MSP is a public performance and community dialogue project that explores social ideas about masculinity and manhood, employing the arts for community-strengthening and social change.
Harvard University Panel on Sexual Assault on College Campuses
This forum, moderated by Marnie Shiels, Attorney Advisor for the Office on Violence Against Women, examined the prevalence, nature, and reporting of various types of sexual assault experienced by university students, including those perpetrated by "undetected" rapists, and discussed evidence-based prevention strategies.
The Ecological Model of Health Behavior
This issue of Partners in Social Change explores the ecological model of health behavior. As the word 'ecological' implies, this structural model explores the relationship between human behavior and the environment.
Victim Assistance Training Online
A basic victim advocacy web-based training program that offers victim service providers and allied professionals the opportunity to acquire the basic skills and knowledge they need to better assist victims of crime.
PreventConnect welcomes you to this set of free courses and trainings, designed to grow and support a national community of practice for the prevention of sexual and domestic violence.
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