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Sexual Assault Prevention

Sexual assault is non-consensual sexual contact using any object or body part, or sexual intercourse (anal, oral or vaginal) involving force, manipulation or coercion. It's an act of aggression, violence and power, and is a felony crime. The assailant can be a stranger, relative, acquaintance, or date. Sexual assault is a crime and can be committed upon any human being, exclusive of gender. Assaults can happen in different scenarios by a stranger or someone you know well.

The following are examples of sexual assault scenarios:

  • Having sexual intercourse with an unwilling person or using threats or physical force to obtain sexual favors
  • Having sexual intercourse with a person who is physically unconscious or asleep
  • Participating in a sex act with someone who is incapacitated due to the influence of drugs or alcohol and as such is unable to clearly consent to the act. Use of alcohol or drugs by the perpetrator does not diminish the violation.

For more information, see the Code of Community Standards and Title IX Information.

For information regarding ongoing initiatives and/or prevention efforts contact Colleen Price at  

Ongoing Initiatives

Bystander Prevention

Step-UP Stetson

Step-UP Stetson is designed to encourage students to be proactive in helping others using a pro-social approach, becoming an empowered bystander. This pro-social approach shows the reasons why an individual sometimes doesn't help, which – after education –provokes them to help. The goals of the program are to:

  • raise awareness of helping behaviors
  • increase the motivation to help others
  • develop skills and confidence when responding to problems or concerns
  • ensure the safety and well-being of others

Strategies of Intervention

  1. Direct Intervention: take personal responsibility as the primary source of help
  2. Indirect Intervention: calling another line of defense (Public Safety, police, administrator) to be the primary source of help

Five Decision-Making Steps

  1. Notice the Event: at what point could you notice?
  2. Interpret as a Problem/Emergency: what are the red flags?
  3. Assume Personal Responsibility: what can you do?
  4. Have Skills to Intervene: what knowledge/skills are necessary?
  5. Implement the Help... Step-UP: what are direct/indirect ways to assist?


Self Defense (Sept, Oct, Nov)

Learn techniques against most common sexual assault scenarios, how to defend yourself, and how to avoid an attack. 

September 16th - "Red Zone" Prevention
October 28th - “Homecoming Safety”
November 18th - “Holiday Madness”

Time:  5pm - 6:30pm
:  CUB Stetson Room 

Monthly Initiatives

The Hook-Up (Aug. 17th)

The Hook-UP is a facilitated discussion about hooking up, sexual assault, and bystander intervention. Through improvisation and audience participation, the program makes connections between sexist languages, stereotypes about hooking up, and a perpetuation of a culture that supports rapists.

"Did I Say Yes" Conversations Around Consent Part I (Sept. 10th)

Conversation around student views of consent, how society has played a role, and provide feedback/clarity around the appropriate ways of providing of consent.

Time:  6pm-7pm
Location:  Sage 222

Sex Ed Bootcamp:  Loving Right - Earn Me Mind, Body & Heart (Sept. 24th)

This program incorporates a unique conversation about healthy versus unhealthy relationships. Loving Right differentiates between the hype and the truth, and how to find the love & respect you deserve. This program also incorporates most of the sexual health information from Sex Ed Boot Camp, with an emphasis on the intimacy of being in a romantic relationship. This program is inclusive of all genders & orientations.

Time: 7pm-8:30pm
Location: Elizabeth Hall Chapel

"Beyond Consent: How Reclaiming Sexuality Combats Sexual Violence" Speaker (Sept. 30th)

Through media manipulation, religious propaganda, more, women are systematically alienated from our authentic sexuality. Beyond the basic unfairness, it leaves us living in confusion, denial, and fear, making us easily manipulated. In this talk, Jaclyn Friedman demonstrates how building a stronger relationship with our authentic sexuality is a powerful act of resistance - one of the most powerful ways we can all reverse the effects sexualization and sexual violence.

Time: 7pm
Location: Rinker Auditorium

Clothesline Project (Oct. 1st)

Clothesline Project

Created in Cape Cod, MA in 1990 to address issues of violence against women, the Clothesline Project is a vehicle for women and men affected by the violence to express emotions through shirt designs.

This event takes place the first week in October (which is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month) in the QUAD area of campus.

Stetson students design shirts (using paint, glitter, and markers), writing messages and creating images as an expression of encouragement to victims around the issues of violence against women. Shirt colors define the type of violence women face. Shirts are hung in the QUAD area for one week for the campus community to view.

Time: 10am - 2pm
Location: Quad (Shirt designs at Hulley Tower)


Take Back the Night (Oct. 14th)

Take Back the Night

Take Back the Night is a national foundation seeking to end sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual abuse, and all other types of sexual violence.

The event culminates with a candle ceremony to remember victims of sexual assault, as students, counselors, and community partners provide stories and experiences.

Community partners educate students on speaking out and being empowered bystanders.

Time: 8pm-9pm
Location: Palm Court (Rain location Sgae 222)

True Colors Lecture (Oct. 22nd)

True Colors

Discussion around the issues of Sexual Assault and Intimate Partner Violence

Counselors from Stetson University Counseling Center and partners from the Domestic Abuse Council facilitate dialogue –educating students on the meaning of sexual assault and dating violence.

Students reflect on sexual assault experiences and express views around the issue.

Time: 6pm-7pm
Location: Library 25L

It's On Us Campaign (Nov. 4th)

It's On Us - MenIt's on Us - Women







This is a national awareness campaign supported by President Barack Obama to help put an end to sexual assault across college campuses.  Students are encouraged to make a personal commitment to step-up, and be part of the solution to campus sexual assault.

Through a collaborative effort across campuses, Stetson created an “It’s On Us” campaign for the campus community to sign the online pledge and celebrate empowered bystander behavior.  Students, faculty, and staff participate in a unified picture with the hashtag #ItsOnUs, showing the unity of “One Stetson” and the creation of an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable, and survivors are supported.

As part of this campaign, "Know Your Power," Empowered Bystander workshops are available for students at the Stetson Law campus and the Celebration campus.

Time: 11am-1pm
Location: CUB Stetson Room

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes (Apr 6th)

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

Walk A Mile In Her Shoes is a playful opportunity for men to raise awareness in the community about the serious causes, effects, and remediation of men's sexualized violence against women.

This is a collaborative effort between the Department of Wellness & Recreation, Cross-Cultural Center, and Alpha Chi Omega National Sorority – designed to raise awareness against sexual assault and intimate partner violence. Men from across campus participate in a half mile obstacle course while wearing high heeled shoes.

Counselors from the Counseling Center and Domestic Abuse Council attend the event, providing words of inspiration to victims and explaining the importance of ending sexual assault and domestic violence.

All proceeds from the event are donated to a local resource.  


Stetson University Resources

  • Counseling Center
  • Students Against Sexual Assault (SASA) works to raise awareness about local, national, and international issues of sexual assault, and to start an ongoing conversation about consent, victim-blaming, and rape culture.
  • Stetson is a campus affiliate of the National Organization for Women (NOW) — the nation's largest women's rights group. Members are activists who seek to end gender-based discrimination and promote feminism on campus and in the community.
  • Office of Community Standards
  • Public Safety

Community Resources