In order to prevent stalking, dating and domestic violence, and sexual assault from occurring, we must address the fundamental causes of the violence. These are not isolated crimes committed by people on the fringe of societal norms. These crimes are committed by individuals who are part of our community.
All of us can take a stand to prevent violence by confronting violent beliefs and attitudes before the violent actions occur.
Our campuses engage violence prevention work through a diverse and thought-provoking variety of approaches, techniques, and formats. Among these are:
- Engaging in discussions of the facts and raising questions about why this violence occurs
- Talking about ways in which we all can recognize and safely intervene before, during, and after incidents of stalking, dating/domestic violence, and sexual assault
- Talking about healthy relationships and healthy sexuality
- Confronting the gender, racial, and sexual orientation stereotypes that are the basis for the disrespect that leads to interpersonal violence
- Examining the research about perpetrators and survivors in order to accurately understand what is happening
- Analyzing media content to understand how cultural messages contribute to the problem or violence or its solution
Preventing sexual violence is not the responsibility of the survivor of the violence. Preventing sexual violence cannot be achieved by recommending that people restrict their activities in order to avoid being victimized. The rest of us are responsible for finding ways to prevent more violence from occurring.
Mandatory Prevention Education
All incoming students at Assumption College, Clark University, the College of the Holy Cross, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute participate in bystander training during their first few weeks on campus. These programs teach students how often these crimes occur, how to recognize them, and how to safely intervene before, during, and after an act of interpersonal violence.
Coordinated Community Response Teams (CCRT)
Every campus has formed a group of campus and community members who work together to develop prevention education, update policies and procedures, and improve the services for survivors. It will take our entire community to end violence.