Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct
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Preventing Sexual Violence

Get involved on campus  |  Bystander Intervention  |  Affirmative Consent

Get Involved on Campus

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

Understanding Campus Programming

Skidmore works to ensure the following types of programming are offered at various times throughout the year to a variety of audiences. Community members are encouraged to participate in all opportunities. 

Awareness Programs means community-wide or audience-specific programming, initiatives, and strategies that increase audience knowledge and share information and resources to prevent violence, promote safety, and reduce perpetration.

Bystander Intervention means safe and positive options that may be carried out by an individual or individuals to prevent harm or intervene when there is a risk of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking. Bystander intervention includes recognizing situations of potential harm, understanding institutional structures and cultural conditions that facilitate violence, overcoming barriers to intervening, identifying safe and effective intervention options, and taking action to intervene.

Ongoing Prevention and Awareness Campaigns means programming, initiatives, and strategies that are sustained over time and focus on increasing understanding of topics relevant to and skills for addressing dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking, using a range of strategies with audiences throughout the institution.

Primary Prevention Programs means programming, initiatives, and strategies informed by research or assessed for value, effectiveness, or outcome that are intended to stop dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking before they occur through the promotion of positive and healthy behaviors that foster healthy, mutually respectful relationships and sexuality, encourage safe bystander intervention, and seek to change behavior and social norms in healthy and safe directions.

Risk Reduction means options designed to decrease perpetration and bystander inaction, and to increase empowerment for victims in order to promote safety and to help individuals and communities address conditions that facilitate violence.

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:

Affirmative Consent

Affirmative consent is a knowing, voluntary, and mutual decision among all participants to engage in sexual activity. It 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. The definition of consent does not vary based upon a participant's sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

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