UNDERSTANDING SEXUAL ASSAULT


All incoming first-year students are expected to complete the Haven - Understanding Sexual Assault™ program by EverFi. This program relies on proven prevention theories and educational strategies to help students understand the many aspects of sexual violence. Its primary focus is to educate students about relationships and decision making, including ethics of relationships, alcohol’s effect on relationships, the ability to give consent, and debunking myths associated with sexual assault.

BYSTANDER INTERVENTION TRAINING

All first-year students also take part in Bringing in the Bystander®, an in-person by-stander intervention program based on the concept that all community members have a role to play in ending sexual violence, relationship violence, and stalking. The curriculum approaches both women and men as potential bystanders or witnesses to risky behaviors related to sexual and relationship violence and teaches prosocial ways to prevent or intervene in these forms of violence. The program was developed by researchers at the University of New Hampshire and has been modified by the Student Development and Counseling Center staff for the WPI community.

SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS AND PREVENTION ORIENTATION FOR STUDENTS TRAVELING

The Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division and SDCC have collaborated to develop a sexual assault prevention program for all students prior to traveling abroad and domestically through the Global Projects Program. The program includes an educational video, travel safety tips, and information on how to respond in the event of an assault.

PROJECT ETHOS: ENGAGING FRATERNITY MEN IN VIOLENCE PREVENTION

The name Ethos comes from the ancient Greek word meaning character. Ethos, a six-week program for WPI men in fraternities, was designed in 2014 by students who identified a need to address the character of Greek life and the role fraternity men play in preventing sexual violence at WPI. The name reflects the foundational values of fraternity culture and the belief that promoting safety and support needs to be an essential characteristic of each WPI fraternity.

RAPE AGGRESSION DEFENSE 

Campus police offers women the opportunity to participate in the Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) class for PE credit. The R.A.D. curriculum, used nationally, helps students identify risk and empowers students to act and intervene in safe ways. Learn more about the R.A.D. course.

CUSTOMIZABLE PROGRAMMING

If you are interested in sponsoring an event related to sexual violence prevention, we would like to hear from you. Contact the Student Development and Counseling Center to discuss the possibilities.