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Prevention Programs

The institution has developed an annual educational campaign consisting of presentations that include distribution of educational material, participating in and presenting information and materials throughout the entire year to all students and employees.  The College offers the following ongoing awareness and prevention programs:

 Name of Program Frequency  Topics Covered  For who?
 Stalking & Human Trafficking Workshops     January  DaV, DoV, SA, S  Students, employees, community
 Care Fair  February  DaV, DoV, SA, S  Students, employees, community
 Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Course     February/October  DaV, DoV, SA, S     Students, employees, community
 Sexual Assault Awareness Month  April  DaV, DoV, SA, S  Students, employees, community
 Alcohol Awareness Month  April  DaV, DoV, SA, S  Students, employees, community
 Personal Self Defense for 50+  April  DaV, DoV, S  Community
 Student Services Fair  September DaV, DoV, SA, S  Students, employees, community
 Benefits Fair  September  Alcohol Awareness  Employees
 Tombstone Project  October  DaV, DoV, SA  Students, employees, community
 DAAPP      During Supervisor Trainings  Drug & Alcohol Awareness  Employees
 NEO Title IX/Diversity & Inclusion Presentation  Bi-Monthly  DaV, DoV, SA, S  Employees
 Whistleblower and Public Safety and Reporting  Bi-Monthly  ASR, Risk Reduction, Reporting Process  Employees

*DoV = Domestic Violence; DaV = Dating Violence; SA = Sexual Assault; S = Stalking

Bystander Intervention Strategies

If you see or feel that someone could become a complainant of sexual misconduct or is being victimized, you are a bystander.  Sometimes as bystanders, we don’t know what we should or can do to prevent, stop or mitigate sexual misconduct.  However, when bystanders get involved, their interventions can save a person from further trauma and/or save a person’s life.  Bystander interventions can be very effective.  Please consider the situation and your safety before intervening. 

The following list of intervention tips are not meant to be exhaustive, but to provide suggested strategies that may protect someone and that can keep the environment safe for everyone. 

Bystander intervention tips:

  1. Call law enforcement.
  2. Don’t just be a bystander—if you see something, intervene in any way you can.
  3. Register your lack of approval for harassment or sexist comments by walking away from the offensive person or group.
  4. Offer your presence.  If you see or feel that someone is being targeted, simply stand near him or her so the person is not alone.
  5. Trust your gut.  If something looks like it might be a bad situation, it probably is.
  6. Be direct.  Ask someone who looks like they are in need of help if they’re okay.
  7. Get other bystanders to assist.
  8. Keep an eye on someone who has had too much to drink.
  9. If you see someone who is too intoxicated to consent, enlist their friends to help them leave safely.
  10. Recognize the potential danger of someone who talks about planning to target another person.
  11. Be aware if someone is deliberately trying to intoxicate, isolate or corner someone else.
  12. Create a distraction; draw attention to the situation or separate the people you are concerned about.
  13. Understand that if someone does not, or cannot, consent to sex; it is rape.

Sexual Violence/Sexual Misconduct - Risk Reduction Tips

Risk reduction tips can often take a victim-blaming tone, even unintentionally.  Only those who commit sexual violence are responsible for those actions.  We offer the tips below with no intention to victim-blame, with recognition that these suggestions may nevertheless help you to reduce your risk of experiencing a non-consensual sexual act.  Below are suggestions to avoid committing a non-consensual sexual act:

  • If you have limits, make them known as early as possible.
  • Tell a sexual aggressor “NO” clearly and firmly.
  • Try to remove yourself from the physical presence of a sexual aggressor.
  • Find someone nearby and ask for help.
  • Take affirmative responsibility for your alcohol intake/drug use and acknowledge that alcohol/drugs lower your sexual inhibitions and may make you vulnerable to someone who views a drunk or high person as a sexual opportunity.
  • Give thought before sharing your intimate content, pictures, images and videos with others, even those you may trust.  If you do choose to share, clarify your expectations as to how or if those images may be used, shared or disseminated.
  • Take care of your friends and ask that they take care of you.  A real friend will challenge you if you are about to make a mistake.  Respect them when they do.

 

If you find yourself in the position of being the initiator of sexual behavior, you owe sexual respect to your potential partner.  These suggestions may help you to reduce your risk for being accused of sexual misconduct:

  • Clearly communicate your intentions to your sexual partner and give them a chance to clearly relate their intentions to you. 
  • Understand and respect personal boundaries.
  • DON’T MAKE ASSUMPTIONS about consent; about someone’s sexual availability; about whether they are attracted to you; about how far you can go or about whether they are physically and/or mentally able to consent.  Your partner’s consent should be affirmative and continuous.  If there are any questions or ambiguity then you DO NOT have consent.
  • Mixed messages from your partner are a clear indication that you should stop, defuse any sexual tension and communicate better.  You may be misreading them.  They may not have figured out how far they want to go with you yet.  You must respect the timeline for sexual behaviors with which they are comfortable.
  • Don’t take advantage of someone’s drunkenness or altered state, even if they willingly consumed alcohol or substances.
  • Realize that your potential partner could feel intimidated or coerced by you.  You may have a power advantage simply because of your gender or physical presence.  Don’t abuse that power.
  • Do not share intimate content, pictures, images and videos that are shared with you.
  • Understand that consent to some form of sexual behavior does not automatically imply consent to any other forms of sexual behavior. 
  • Silence, passivity or non-responsiveness cannot be interpreted as an indication of consent.  Read your potential partner carefully, paying attention to verbal and non-verbal communication and body language.

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