Speak Your Truth: Sexual Assault Prevention
Sexual violence is a serious and widespread problem. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, about 97,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 report experiencing alcohol-related sexual assault each year. The good news is that prevention is possible, and it's happening. Fraternity and sorority members, as well as student athletes, are combating the risk of sexual violence with conversations and programs like this as well as implementing policies and research-based tools that promote safety, respect, and equality.
We're now in a watershed moment. The country is focused on the issue of sexual assault prevention. This is our opportunity to improve understanding and change behaviors on our campus. The time to rally our community is now. We must believe survivors, end the victim blaming, ask for consent, and respect boundaries. Students in Greek Life can embrace their voices to become advocates of change on campus.
Utilizing the most effective, theory-based practices developed by the Sexual Assault Center in Nashville, Tennessee, changes are officially in progress. From the individual perspective, we are building consent, bystander intervention, and strong relationship skills. From an organizational standpoint, we will engage in campus leadership to promote a campus culture of consent, safety, and respect. From a community perspective, we will see initiatives taken to strengthen and support enforcement, response, and reporting- both on and off campus. This session is only one small component of a comprehensive strategy. To change behavior in the long term, your challenge is to develop a peer-to-peer awareness campaign to reinforce positive norms and skills related to consent and bystander intervention.
By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:
1. Define sexual assault and other related terms.
2. Identify forms of consent.
3. Define Bystander Intervention.
4. Identify how you should respond when a sexual assault disclosure is made.
5. List the steps you can take on your campus to prevent sexual assaults.
6. Locate the resources available on your campus.
7. Formulate ideas on student-led peer to peer awareness campaigns on consent and bystander awareness for your campus.
Intended Audience: fraternity members, sorority members, student athletes, incoming first-year class, the entire student body