Every University of Oregon student has the right to pursue their academic, social, and work activities without fear and intimidation. While any form of unwanted sexual behavior and violence can be difficult to discuss, these issues are unfortunate realities existing on this and all campuses and communities throughout the country. At the UO, we are dedicated to providing optimum information and resources to educate our students about sexual violence prevention and awareness.
The SVPE program uses a variety of innovative initiatives and best practices to educate and build awareness around complex issues of sexual and dating violence. Our goals are:
- To develop education and prevention strategies to broaden the awareness of the rape culture, and to decrease the incidence of sexual assault, harassment, relationship violence, and other forms of unwanted sexual behavior on the UO campus.
- To work to create a safer campus environment through participation in policy development, advocacy, and lobbying efforts.
- To serve as a referral source to campus and community services for sexual assault survivors and concerned others.
- To encourage active involvement in prevention efforts by UO students, faculty, staff and community members.
- To provide a networking system for Alliance members to work effectively with each other on campus, and to coordinate efforts with other colleges and universities.
The Sexual Wellness Advocacy Team (SWAT)
is a group of eighteen peer educators who advocate for healthy sexual relationships and work to prevent sexual assault and dating violence on campus through creative programming.
The Alliance for Sexual Assault Prevention (ASAP)
is a committee of professionals and students across campus committed to the creation of a safer campus environment through policy-development, advocacy, and lobbying endeavors encouraging involvement in prevention efforts by students and faculty, staff, and community members.
The SVPE program develops student leadership through community-engagement projects
with different students groups. The groups' natural leaders are revealed in the process of creating and implementing community-specific violence-prevention intervention strategies, including partnership with fraternity and sorority life, international student communities, student unions, and residence halls.