Violence prevention starts with you. Primary prevention means stopping violence BEFORE it happens. We do this by building community and creating a culture where violence is not tolerated. Through outreach and education, we are committed to ending all forms of violence on campus by focusing on the impact gender role expectations have on our everyday lives. This includes a focus on communication, boundaries, and consent. We are encouraging all students, faculty, and staff to engage in a meaningful dialogue around these issues and take steps to end violence on campus.
Started in 2014 by former Vice President Joe Biden, It's On Us is a national campaign committed to ending sexual assault on college campuses by emphasizing the part we all have to play in creating a culture of respect. It's On Us has four pillars:
1. To RECOGNIZE that non-consensual sex is sexual assault.
2. To IDENTIFY situations in which sexual assault might occur.
3. To INTERVENE in situations where consent has not or cannot be given.
4. To CREATE an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported.
WCU was awarded the It's On Us PA Grant in 2018 and 2019 to expand It's On Us initiatives on campus.
Consent is necessary for every sexual interaction. West Chester University's definition of consent is "an informed decision made freely and actively by all parties. Conduct will be considered, 'without consent,' if there is no clear consent, verbal or nonverbal, given. Because sexual misconduct is defined as sexual activity that is undertaken without consent, each participant must obtain and give consent to each sexual act." Our presentations about Situationships help students navigate relationships and have a better understanding of boundaries.
What does it mean to be an active bystander? It means making the choice to do SOMETHING. Green Dot is WCU's Bystander Intervention Program, which offers training to students, faculty, and staff to recognize instances of Power-Based Personal Violence and learn how to intervene using the Three D's: Direct, Distract, Delegate.
Green Dot is a commitment to creating a campus community where violence is not tolerated and everyone is expected to do their part.
Join the movement and find out how you can become a Green Dot Bystander at WCU!