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No Excuses is Carroll University's sexual misconduct prevention program. All first-year students receive general bystander intervention training. Additional bystander intervention training and sexual assault prevention is available upon request. Contact the Office of Violence Prevention to learn more: (262) 524-7099. For additional information, click here

Bystander Intervention for Interpersonal Violence Prevention

Carroll University is committed to keeping the Carroll Campus Community safe. 

As Pioneers, each student learns basic bystander intervention skills. OVP prepares students to identify situations that are or might lead to interpersonal violence, decide what the best course of action is, and act safely. OVP empowers students to look out for others and equips them with the knowledge and skills to intervene. 

Bystander Intervention = A form of violence prevention where someone (a bystander) interrupts the unwanted behavior.

Interpersonal Violence = Violence between individuals, namely between family members and intimate partners. 

  • Rape/non-consensual sexual intercourse
  • Sexual Assault/non-consensual sexual contact
  • Sexual harassment
  • Stalking
  • Domestic violence
  • Dating violence
  • Sexual exploitation

You can request that the Office of Violence Prevention come to a club, class, and/or organization, etc. to speak about any of the following issues. If there is a specific issue that isn't listed, contact us and we will be happy to talk about building a presentation around that topic.

  • Consent: How to ask and how to know you have it
  • Stalking
  • Bystander Intervention
  • Gender and the Media
  • Healthy Relationships: What to look for and how to have one
  • Long Distance Relationships: Discussion-based
  • Introduction to Healthy Masculinity
  • Emotional Intelligence and Mental Health Awareness as Violence Prevention

Healthy Masculinity Cohort

Carroll University's Office of Violence Prevention has developed a cohort-model healthy masculinity curriculum that will be implemented for the third year in a row during Spring 2020. 

The curriculum was developed in response to national studies that found that 'risk reduction' programming is not effective in reducing campus sexual assault. Our healthy masculinity curriculum focuses on recognizing each individual's role in battling gender-based violence, leading to a shift in small group sub-cultures. Our Healthy Masculinity Cohort (HMC) at Carroll focuses on building empathy, educating on gender-based violence, and intervention skill-building. 

We want to prepare our students to be successful, both personally and vocationally, and engage in the world around them. Gender-based violence is an issue of growing concern on campuses across the US. We want to help our male students engage in the conversation, have a voice, and empower them as part of solution. 

Why? 

"In the United States, an estimated 19.3% of women and 1.7% of men have been raped during their lifetimes... An estimated 43.9% of women and 23.4% of men experienced other forms of sexual violence during their lifetimes, including being made to penetrate, sexual coercion, unwanted sexual contact, and non-contact unwanted sexual experiences.....An estimated 15.2% of women and 5.7% of men have been a victim of stalking during their lifetimes." 

9 of 10 rapes are committed against females.

What does the program look like? 

Each year, the Healthy Masculinity Cohort (HMC) meets once per week, over the course of nine weeks, at the Office of Victim Services: Richard Smart House. During our second year of the cohort, we had also developed a peer mentor program consisting of men who completed the pilot group in the Spring of 2018. Our peer mentors work with the current participants to support and encourage them as they partake in the program. Peer mentors conduct check-ins with their mentees, co-facilitate group sessions, and serve as a resource for new and potential group members who have questions about the group. If you are interested in learning more or joining a HMC, please contact our Project Coordinator, Leah Devine, at 262-524-7099 or ldevine@carrollu.edu.

Sources:
"Prevalence and Characteristics of Sexual Violence, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence Victimization--National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, United States, 2011."
www.rainn.org

Take Back the Night®

Take Back the Night® is a yearly awareness event and march around campus. The event educates students and the community about interpersonal violence through a survivor speak-out and gives students a chance to show their support and raise awareness by participating in a community march. Take Back the Night occurs each year at the end of September. More details to come. 

  • Click here to learn more about the Take Back the Night Organization

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Carroll participates each year through different activities and education opportunities, including denim day. To learn more about the national campaign, click here

Speaker Series

Carroll University's Office of Violence Prevention brings speakers on campus that address issues relating to gender-based violence, including dating/domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, and rape. Speakers provide education and skill building opportunity to equip students to be the change the wish to see on campus. Check back for upcoming speakers. 

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