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Sexual misconduct and gender based violence prevention and education cannot exist in a void. How we develop and construct our social lives including our norms, beliefs, expectations, boundaries, and communication skills all affect and intertwine with our culture’s understanding of sexual misconduct and gender based violence. In order to dismantle these scripts our approach must be multi-faceted.
“We are not immune from the culture we are trying to change.” –Dorothy Edwards, Alteristic
By understanding the culture, we aim to meet our campus community where they are. We offer an array of prevention programming to engage students, faculty, and staff to examine their lives and increase their understanding of accountability and care for others.
As bystanders, we all have a choice: do nothing, do something to prevent or stop a situation from worsening, or do something to make the situation worse. As River Hawks we have a responsibility to do something to prevent or stop a situation from worsening. “The right thing to do is the thing you can do.” Register for bystander intervention training as an individual or as a student organization to learn more about resources.
Bystander Intervention 2.0
Build on the skills you learned in your first Bystander Intervention training. Discuss with other individuals who have gone through the training what strategies have worked, which ones haven’t and how to adapt to the needs of the situation.
This program is dedicated to creating a safe environment to dialogue about healthy sexuality and sexual relations. It has been created so attendees feel empowered to start defining what they want and how best to effectively communicate that to a future or current sexual partner. Audience members will go through a skill building workshop to establish communication styles and how best to assert and establish boundaries with a partner(s).
This program provides information about aspects of healthy relationships, conflict resolution skills and role play scenarios to help walk audience members through various skill building exercises to increase communication skills amongst the people you are closest to.
The Escalation Workshop is a film-based discussion that opens people’s eyes to the warning signs of relationship abuse. The workshop consists of a film, Escalation, followed by a guided discussion led by a trained facilitator.
Welcome Week Programming
Every year kick off your back to school week with an interactive prevention event.
Domestic Violence & Sexual Violence Action/Awareness Months
Every year our October and April offer 30+ opportunities to take action against violence. From pledge signing to interactive boards in Mellon Lounge to weekly conversations in the V.I.P. Center and multiple opportunities to get trained in bystander intervention workshops, there are plenty of ways for you to get involved!
Protect the Nest! Sponsored River Hawks Game
Each semester we will be hosting a tabling event at a River Hawks game to hear about how you--parents, alumni, players and spectators—Protect the Nest! here at SU, home, and abroad.
Communication is hard. We’d like to make it easier! Each month we will be sponsoring an interactive communication workshop focused on a variety of themes. Partnering with different organizations across campus we’d like to help you navigate difficult conversations you might have to have with your friends, partners, and family members. Topics include: navigating relationship labels, conflict resolution, coming out in a relationship, differing religious/spiritual beliefs, consent, supporting a partner with mental illness, and many more!
First Friday Lunch
Come out every First Friday as we debunk myths that students have about gender-based violence response on campus. This is your opportunity to interact administrators, faculty, and staff who address response on campus.
The Mask You Live In
This film explores how our culture’s narrow definition of masculinity is harming our boys, men, and society at large and unveils what we can do about it. Using the film curriculum, we will lead masculinity forums across campus at several points throughout the semester.
There are many ways to get involved in the conversation about preventing gender based violence. Most important, is that every member of the Susquehanna community feels empowered to step up and step in to prevent violence from happening. In addition to a variety of events planned throughout the year, there are a number of ways that you can get involved.
I want to be supportive, but don't have a lot of time:
- Be part of a student-driven movement for change on social media. Follow the V.I.P. (Violence, Intervention and Prevention) Center on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram
- Invite your friends and classmates to follow these social media accounts
- Speak up when you hear friends, roommates, and classmates perpetuate myths about sexual misconduct and gender based violence
- Step in when you see friends, roommates, acquaintances, and strangers behaving in a manner that is threatening or terrorizing
- Listen and offer support. If a friend discloses an experience(s) of sexual misconduct or gender based violence, offer support and resources
I want to be supportive and have some time to give:
- Register for bystander intervention training and hone your skills for effectively intervening in situations of concern. Check out the calendar (coming soon) to find an open session!
- Encourage the student organization(s) that you are involved in to host bystander intervention training for their members. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a training
- Mark your calendar for Domestic Violence Action Month, Sexual Assault Action Month, and Stalking Awareness Month. Focused on stopping violence before it occurs these months are chalked full of weekly events to encourage action against violence. Most events are 75 minutes or less!
I want to be supportive and involved in sexual misconduct and gender based violence prevention:
- Join the Student Advisory Committee, a group of students working alongside campus professionals and community members, to meet the needs of SU’s Department of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women grant
- Get involved at the VIP Center, volunteer your time a few hours a week
- Take on a leadership role in the VIP Center
- Apply for a year-long internship to work in the VIP Center
- Dedicate academic research, paper and project attention to issues related to sexual misconduct and gender-based violence
The Violence, Intervention and Prevention (V.I.P.) Center opened in the fall of 2018 and serves as the heart of violence prevention and response on campus. Located on the lower level of the Blough-Weis Library, we achieve primary prevention—educational opportunities focused on stopping violence before it occurs—through a variety of workshops and awareness programs that are described on this website. Any of these workshops can independently be scheduled for your office, hall program or organization.
Additionally, our office provides intervention services to survivors of sexual misconduct and gender-based violence. Whether an incident has happened on campus, off campus or before coming to campus, our center offers resources and confidential counseling through Transitions of PA, our local comprehensive crime center.
The center also houses a study space and eventually a self-care room. It's a place to eat lunch, relax, learn, host an event and/or receive confidential services. The V.I.P. Center is an open and inclusive space that values the opinions and beliefs of each of our students. We #believesurvivors, regardless of their race, gender identity, gender expression, class, ability status, sexuality, immigration status and/or other oppressed identity statuses. We believe that it is up to all of us as a Susquehanna University community to keep one another safe.
The Women's Resource Room is a study space on campus specifically focused on gender equity.
The resource room is located within the Violence Intervention and Prevention (V.I.P.) Center, located on the lower level of the Blough-Weis Library. You can find posters focused on the history of women's rights, as well as resource materials specific to women's health and feminine hygiene products.
If you need a place to take a break, a quiet space to study, or a gentle reminder of the importance and value of women, this resource room is open and available to you.