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 information regarding ongoing initiatives and/or prevention efforts contact Terrance Harris at email@example.com.
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
- Direct Intervention: take personal responsibility as the primary source of help
- Indirect Intervention: calling another line of defense (Public Safety, police, administrator) to be the primary source of help
Five Decision-Making Steps
- Notice the Event: at what point could you notice?
- Interpret as a Problem/Emergency: what are the red flags?
- Assume Personal Responsibility: what can you do?
- Have Skills to Intervene: what knowledge/skills are necessary?
- Implement the Help... Step-UP: what are direct/indirect ways to assist?
Learn techniques against the most common sexual assault scenarios, how to defend yourself, and how to avoid an attack.
Clothesline Project (October)
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.
True Colors Lecture (October)
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.
It's On Us Campaign (November)
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.
- View the It's On Us PSA on YouTube
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes (February 7th)
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.
Take Back the Night (April 15th)
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.
Videography is created by a peer education group (Wellness Interns), getting male perspective of sexual assault. The video also shows caring words to victims from Stetson students.
Sex Signals (August)
Sex Signals challenges audiences who have mislabeled coercive behavior as seduction, and to reexamine a culture that often holds victims of rape responsible for their own vulnerability. Through improvisation and audience participation, the play explores how social pressures, gender stereotypes, unrealistic fantasies, and false perceptions impact sexual assault attacks and reporting.
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