Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct
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Preventing Sexual Violence

Get involved on campus  |  Bystander Intervention  |  Effective Consent

Get Involved on Campus

To become directly involved in preventing sexual violence at Skidmore, consider becoming active in two campus organizations:

Bystander Intervention

Bystander Intervention, by The Ohio State University
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The best way to prevent sexual and relationship violence from occurring in our campus community is to commit to the following guiding values:

Violence is not tolerated on our campus. Everyone is expected to do their part to reduce violence on our campus

No one has to do everything, but everyone in our community must do something. The "something" we must all commit to is engaging in bystander moments, no matter how small. Every bystander moment counts when we are working to reduce violence.

Bystander moments occur when we are cued in to the potential for violence. We might see someone intentionally trying to get someone else drunk, isolating someone into another room, or recognize power differences like age. When we notice these cues it is important to make the choice to act because even the smallest action can prevent violence.

There are four types of bystander intervention we can choose to act out on campus:


Effective Consent

Effective consent is informed, freely and actively given by mutually understandable words and/or actions that indicate a willingness to engage in mutually agreed upon sexual activity - in other words, to do the same thing, at the same time, in the same way, with each other. Skidmore strongly encourages partners to talk with each other before engaging in sexual activity and to communicate as clearly and verbally as possible with each other. It is the responsibility of the person who wants to engage in the specific sexual activity to make sure that they have received effective consent before initiating sexual activity.

7 C’s to Help Ensure You Get Consent

Consent matters