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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.

Bystander Intervention

(60 minutes)

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

(60 minutes)

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.

Practicing Consent

(60-90 minutes)

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).

Healthy Relationships

(60-90 minutes)

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.

Escalation Workshop

(90 minutes)

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.

Feminism 101 Series

Feb. 1 in VIP Center

The first Friday of every month will feature a feminist Friday discussion geared towards busting myths about feminism geared towards gaining male allies.

Navigating Relationships: Inter-racial Dating

Feb. 12, 4-5 p.m. in the VIP Center (lower level of the library)

Navigating relationships is hard. In this ongoing series of conversations we will tackle many issues that come up in inter-racial relationships. How do I tell my parents that my partner is not the same race and/or ethnicity as our family? How can I be the best ally to my partner’s race and/or ethnicity group? Come with questions, answer other student’s questions, or just listen and learn. This is a conversation by students for students.

Galentine’s Day

On Feb. 13, stop between 11 a.m.-1 p.m. to grab some candy and a heart-felt message to give your best gal pal! Come back to the VIP Center at 7 p.m. for a cozy floor picnic and movie viewing session complete with chocolate, ice cream and your best gal pals! Sponsored by: WomenSpeak

Valentine's Date Night!

Feb. 14, 6-7 p.m. in Sherer Dining Rooms

Whether they are long-term, someone you just started seeing, someone you have a crush on, or your ride and die pal register for Date Night! Date Night will include a three course dinner and guided conversation topics! Make this Valentine’s Day a night to remember, full of important conversations with bae. Sponsored by: It’s On Us

Bystander Intervention Training

Feb. 19, from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 4-5 p.m. in Meeting Rooms 1 & 2

As River Hawks we have a responsibility to do something to prevent or stop a potentially harmful situation from worsening; however, that doesn’t mean that we always know what to do when a situation occurs. “The right thing to do is the thing you can do.” In this interactive training you will learn tools to help intervene when you see a potentially harmful situation. 20 participants: first come, first serve. Sponsored by: It’s On Us

Vagina Monologues Performance

Feb. 22-24, 7 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.

The play explores consensual and nonconsensual sexual experiences, body image, genital mutilation, direct and indirect encounters with reproduction, sex work, and several other topics through the eyes of women with various ages, races, sexualities, and other differences. Charles Isherwood of The New York Times called the play "probably the most important piece of political theater of the last decade." All proceeds will go to Transitions of PA and V-Day. Sponsored by: WomenSpeak

March is Women’s History Month

Look for specialized social media posts and events around this theme

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Feminism 101 Series

March 1

The first Friday of every month will feature a feminist Friday discussion geared towards busting myths about feminism geared towards gaining male allies. VIP Center.

We Can Do It!

March 1

Dress up in Rosie the Riveter inspired clothing and share what you can do for women this women’s history month. Photos will be taken in Mellon Lounge from 11am-1:30pm. Sponsored by: Photography Club and WomenSpeak

Spring Break Safety: The intersection of SV and Alcohol

March 4-8

This Spring Break we want everyone to be safe! Learn about the intersections of alcohol and sexual violence and what you can do to keep each other safe! Sponsored by: The Counseling Center and Greek Life

Navigating Relationships: Coming Out in a Relationship

March 19, 4-5 p.m. in the VIP Center (lower level of the library)

Navigating relationships is hard. In this ongoing series of conversations we will tackle many issues that come up when trying to come out in a relationship. How do I tell my parents/friends that I’m LGBTQ+? What if I am in a “straight” relationship and come out as bi? Come with questions, answer other student’s questions, or just listen and learn. This is a conversation by students for students. Sponsored by: GSA

 

Bystander Intervention Training

March 20, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 6-7 p.m. in Meeting Roomss 1 & 2

As River Hawks we have a responsibility to do something to prevent or stop a potentially harmful situation from worsening; however, that doesn’t mean that we always know what to do when a situation occurs. “The right thing to do is the thing you can do.” In this interactive training you will learn tools to help intervene when you see a potentially harmful situation. 20 participants: first come, first serve. Sponsored by: It’s On Us

 

Women’s Financial Literary Workshops: Financial Abuse

March 21, 28 and April 4

In this three part series we will examine the topics of financial abuse to financial independence. The goal of this series is to empower students in terms of their financial lives by giving them the tools and knowledge to trust in themselves and be financially independent. The first part of this series will tackle: what is financial abuse, what does it look like and how to establish healthy boundaries in any relationship regarding money.

 

April: Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Look for specialized social media posts and events around this theme.

 

Do It W/ Consent: Let’s Get Kinky!

April 2, 8 p.m.

An interactive presentation offered about consent and the kink community.

 

Feminism 101 Series

April 5

The first Friday of every month will feature a feminist Friday discussion geared towards busting myths about feminism geared towards gaining male allies. VIP Center.

 

Do It W/ Consent: Let’s Hook Up!

April 9, 8 p.m.

How do you navigate consent in the hook up culture? Stop by this interactive program to discuss that and much more! Guest Speaker: Monica and Albra

 

Twitter Town Hall: It’s On Us Panel

April 10, 7 p.m. on Twitter

Have questions about what is being done regarding sexual assault on our campus? Join us live on Twitter and have your questions answered by SU administrators. Sponsored by: It’s On Us w/ SGA

 

Chalk the Walk

April 11, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Kurtz Lane

Come out to Kurtz Lane and chalk messages of support survivors and other bystander intervention focused messages. Sponsored by: WomenSpeak

 

Navigating Relationships: Open Relationships and Polyamory

April 16, 4-5 p.m. in the VIP Center (lower level of the library)

Navigating relationships is hard. In this ongoing series of conversations we will tackle many issues that come up when trying to communicate to your sexual partner(s) about what you want. How do I tell my partner that I’m polyamorous? How do we negotiate terms of an open relationship? Come with questions, answer other student’s questions, or just listen and learn. This is a conversation by students for students.

 

Do It w/ Consent: Let’s Talk about Safety!

April 16, 8 p.m.

How do you talk about being safe in the moment without killing the vibe? Stop by this interactive program to discuss that and much more! Guest Speaker: The Health Center

 

Fingerprint Pledge Signing w. It’s On Us

April 18, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. on Deg Patio

Stop by to sign the It’s On Us Pledge. After signing the pledge use your handprint/fingerprint to signify you participated. Also, there will be a cute dog there in a consent t-shirt. Sponsored by: It’s On Us

 

Survivor Speak Out

April 18, 6-8 p.m. at Sherer Dining Rooms

Want to tell your story publicly, yet confidentially? What to be in a community of survivors. Stop by for a survivor speak out. Sponsored by: WomenSpeak, Counseling Center, Transitions of PA, It’s On Us

 

Greek Week—Banner Up Competition

April 22-26

Fraternity/Sorority with the best bystander awareness banner wins! Sponsored by: Greek Week

Open Conduct Case

April 24, 7 p.m.

Come see a mock campus sexual assault conduct case. What does a typical case look like? What does it mean to testify before a hearing board? How does a hearing board make it’s decision? What happens after they come to an agreement on sanctions? Come to this live mock sexual assault conduct case and have all of your questions answered. The audiences will be polled live at various points throughout the night to see where you stand. Sponsored by: Dean of Students Office, It’s On Us

Take Back the Night

April 30, 8 p.m. on Deg Lawn

March from 18th Street Commons to Deg Lawn in solidarity with survivors as we stand to make our campus and nights together, safer! Sponsored by: Counseling Center, WomenSpeak

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 paradis@susqu.edu 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.