April 18 - 25 is Sexual Violence Prevention Week at the UO!

UO Sexual Violence Prevention Week 2014: APRIL 18 – 25   FRIDAY, 4/18 10 AM – 4 PM – Conference: Academia//Activism: Reimagining Education Without Gender Discrimination. Location: Allen 221  Sponsored by CSWS and the Lorwin Lectureship on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties   MON/TUES/WED, April 21-23: 12 – 4 PM @ the EMU Amphitheatre: Consent Pledge & Healthy Relationships Photo Project. Sponsored by the Student Leaders in Sexual Wellness   MONDAY, 4/21  	6:30 PM: Free Meal and Conversation with Michelle Roland-Schwartz, Executive Director, OR Sexual Assault Task Force. Dinner @ 6:30, Conversation @ 7:30 PM. Sponsored by The Wesley Center  (between Rennie’s and the Duckstore)   Tuesday, 4/22 12:00 PM: Liberation Lunch & Workshop: Abuse Prevention In Businesses and Faith Communities @ the Wesley Center. Free lunch and conversation about risk reduction, policy writing & prevention strategy. Sponsored by the Wesley Center.   5:30 – 7:00 PM: Workshop -  Healthy Relationships and Supporting Survivors. Sponsored by the University Counseling and Testing Center. Location: EMU Century Room A     THURSDAY, 4/24 6:00 PM: TAKE BACK THE NIGHT! With Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha. Rally @ EMU Amphitheater, March, and Speakout. Co-sponsored by the ASUO Women’s Center & Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS)     FRIDAY, 4/25 10 AM – 3 PM: Open House Debrief & Support @ The Wesley Center  Snacks, art, conversation, studying, or just breathing. Wesley Foundation, 1236 Kincaid Street (Next to UO Bookstore)   	1:00 – 2:30 PM: Sexual Violence and Masculinity: A Multigender Discussion lead by the Men’s Center staff. Sponsored by the ASUO Men’s Center.   	6:00 PM – 7:00 PM: “So Let’s Understand Terminology” Workshop on language, the UO & media @ LLC Performance Hall. Sponsored by University Housing.   	7:00 PM: Performance by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Doors @ 6:30 PM. Location: Global Scholars Hall Great Room. Sponsored by the ASUO Women’s Center.    Organized by the Alliance for Sexual Assault Prevention.  For more information, contact asap@uoregon.edu. http://svpe.uoregon.edu/                  

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: 

  1. 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.
  2. To work to create a safer campus environment through participation in policy development, advocacy, and lobbying efforts.
  3. To serve as a referral source to campus and community services for sexual assault survivors and concerned others.
  4. To encourage active involvement in prevention efforts by UO students, faculty, staff and community members.
  5. 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.