Prevention

What Can I Do?

Be Proactive

Learn about sexual assault and harassment and self-defense strategies. Invite S.I.R.G.E. (at sirge@pugetsound.edu), Counseling, Health, and Wellness Services (at chws@pugetsound.edu), or community groups to provide educational programs in your residence hall, Greek chapter, or to other campus organizations.

Support

Support the survivors of violent crimes. No matter what they were wearing, who they were with, where they were going--they did not ask to be harassed, raped, or assaulted.

Reject

Reject the behavior or attitudes which excuse harassment or rape or which glorify violence.

Volunteer

Volunteer at an organization dedicated to ending interpersonal violence, such as the Sexual Assault Center or the YWCA Battered Women's Shelter. Donate clothing or money to ensure the sucess of these groups.

Be Aware

Be aware of ways in which pornography, advertising, and other media contribute to ideas that sexual harassment, sexism, and sexual assault are acceptable, or that victims deserve or want to be assaulted. Take a class which studies victimology or the effects of pornography.

Explore, Acknowledge, and Work

Work to change the violent inpulses we all sometimes feel.