The programs to prevent Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking mean comprehensive, intentional, and integrated programming, initiatives, strategies, and campaigns intended to end Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking that:
Programs to prevent Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking include both primary prevention and awareness programs directed at incoming students and new employees, and ongoing prevention and awareness campaigns directed at students and employees.
The College continues to develop an annual educational campaign consisting of presentations and distribution of educational materials to all new students; presentations and distribution of materials to all new employees during new employee orientation; and ongoing presentation of materials and educational sessions to employees and students through the academic year.
The College offered the following primary prevention and awareness programs in 2015:
For Sexual Assault, Dating/Domestic Violence, and Stalking, the College Haven* and Haven for employee’s programs. These VAWA topics are also discussed at student orientation. The College also offers SafeZone Training, Trans101 Workshop, and Bystander training upon request.
Awareness events in 2015 included a Clothesline Project, a Luminaria Vigil and a poster campaign as part of our ‘It’s On Us’ initiative.
All new employees are required to complete Workplace Harassment Training from United Educators, a comprehensive program designed to identify harassment and provide guidance in situations involving prohibited behavior.
*Haven is a program addressing the critical issues of sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, and sexual harassment – among students, faculty and staff. Created in collaboration with leading campus practitioners, researchers and national thought leaders including renowned expert Dr. Alan Berkowitz, Haven reaches 700,000 individuals at over 650 institutions across the country.
Bystander intervention offers safe and positive options that may be carried out by an individual or individuals to prevent harm or intervene when there is a risk of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, or Stalking. Bystander intervention includes recognizing situations of potential harm, understanding cultural conditions that facilitate violence, overcoming barriers to intervening, identifying safe and effective intervention options, and taking action to intervene. Such action should be prudent and with regard for one’s own safety. Contact law enforcement, and seek assistance from faculty, staff or other persons in authority to end the abuse.
Bystanders play a critical role in the prevention of sexual and relationship violence. They are “individuals” who observe violence or witness the conditions that perpetuate violence. They are not directly involved but have the choice to intervene, speak up, or do something about it. We want to promote a culture of community accountability where bystanders are actively engaged in the prevention of violence without causing further harm. We may not always know what to do even if we want to help. Below is a list of some ways to be an active bystander. If you or someone else is in immediate danger, dial 911. This could be when a person is yelling at or being physically abusive toward another and it is not safe for you to interrupt.
With no intent to victim blame and recognizing that only abusers are responsible for their abuse, the
following are some strategies to reduce one’s risk of sexual assault or harassment:
Remember that being in this situation is not your fault. You did not do anything wrong; it is the person who is making you uncomfortable that is to blame. Be true to yourself. Don’t feel obligated to do anything you don’t want to do. “I don’t want to” is always a good enough reason. Do what feels right to you and what you are comfortable with.